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Top 5 Singapore's Landmarks & Memorials - Iconic Attractions in a Land of Wonders

From sensational theme parks to glitzy shopping malls, the little island nation of Singapore provides a kaleidoscope of rich indulgences to delight all who visit it. This article gives details about the popular landmarks and memorials here that you can visit during your tour.

1

Istana

Istana, which is also known as the Government House is a picturesque landmark in Singapore that is engulfed in supreme grandeur. It is the official office and residence of the President of Singapore as well as the working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore.

This beautiful building was constructed by the first Governor of Singapore, Sir Harry St George Ord between the years of 1867 and 1869. The grounds of Istana include a Japanese field artillery gun, a nine-hole golf course, four ponds and a majestic Sicilian marble statue of Queen Victoria.

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Kranji War Memorial

Located in northern Singapore, the famous Kranji War Memorial is where the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives while defending Singapore back in the dark days of the World War 11 are buried. The graves of soldiers from United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, New Zealand, India and Malaya can be found here. Along with War Graves, the Memorial Walls, State Cemetery and Military Graves are also located in these solemn grounds.

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Merlion Park

The iconic Merlion Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. Every day countless numbers of tourists can be seen at the venue, vying for a good position to take a photo with these majestic statues.

The park is located in very close proximity to the Central Business District. From hotels near Clarke Quay MRT Singapore, a short 10-minute drive via the River Valley Road will bring you to this enchanting venue.

The Merlion, which is the national symbol of Singapore, is a mythical creature that has a head of a lion and a body of a fish. There are two Merlion statues located within the park. The large one measures 8.6 metres tall while the small one has a height of 2 feet. The original statue, which is the bigger one of the two, spouts water from the mouth as well.

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Old Parliament House

The Old Parliament House which was used by the famed former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew as his office, is a stunning venue that possesses marvellous beauty. Used as the Parliament House of Singapore between the years of 1965 and 1999, this majestic building is used today for a variety of entertainment events such as art exhibitions, dances and concerts. It can be reached in less than 10 minutes by car from hotels such as Park Hotel Clarke Quay.

5

Singapore River

The idyllic Singapore River creates a stunning vista at the heart of the city as it glistens and dazzles in the sun. Taking a scenic boat ride along this famous river is a perfect way to witness the sheer glory of Singapore's skyline. The river was used long ago as a trade and commerce route by the British. There are still many Victorian and neo-classical Roman structures scattered along the banks, silently attesting to the grandeur of the long forgotten days. You can gaze at many of the stunning landmarks of the city as you ride on a colonial style bum-boat. It certainly is a unique experience that you should enjoy when visiting the stylish city.