5 iconic places in Singapore that you don’t want to miss

Singapore's magnificent skyline

Singapore is a unique city. It has been transformed from a small fishing village to a modern, vibrant and green city of the future. It is a place where you can explore diverse cultural attractions, enjoy delicious local delicacies, and stunning natural beauty. The city has a magical appeal to every type of traveler. What I like about Singapore is how it is designed as a futuristic city with an abundance of gardens. Aside from its architectural design, I like how the city is a melting pot of Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Indian cultures.

Singapore is a vibrant city with many attractions and activities to explore. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time when you are visiting for only a day or two. This itinerary will help you make the most of your time in this wonderful city by providing a comprehensive list of the must-see sights and activities. Among the most iconic places in Singapore are Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jewel Changi Airport, and Marina Bay Sands. This itinerary will ensure that you won’t miss any of Singapore’s highlights. And don’t forget about Merlion Park – home of Singapore’s national symbol!

Jewel Changi Airport

One of Singapore’s iconic landmarks is called the Jewel. It is located right at the heart of Changi Airport. The Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is best known for its Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, and Shiseido Forest Valley. The result is a magnificent structure where retail outlets, eateries, and play attractions are integrated with natural elements.

Jewel Changi Airport Singapore

How to reach Jewel Changi Airport?

While the Jewel is accessible 24 hours/a day, the mall’s operating hours are from 10 am to 10 pm. The mall is easily accessible from all terminals of the airport. For detailed directions, please refer to the Jewel’s website.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens is a well-maintained oasis of lush greenery and natural beauty. It is a perfect place for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. The best part is, it offers free entrance to visitors so that everyone can enjoy its beauty.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are also home to some interesting wildlife, such as water monitor lizards. Visitors may encounter these lizards while exploring the gardens and get an up-close look at them in their natural habitat. I have encountered several ones on my first visit. While these animals are poisonous, they are shy creatures that don’t attach unless provoked.

How to reach Singapore Botanic Gardens?

To get to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the easiest way is to go by MRT. The Botanic Gardens MRT Station is a stop on the orange and blue line. Upon arrival, you take exit A to enter the Gardens from the Bukit Timah Entrance Gate.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay Singapore is an incredible oasis of greenery and beauty located within the city of Singapore. With its lush gardens, towering Supertrees, and stunning waterfront views, it has become one of the most iconic places in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay is more than just a tourist destination; it is a story of resilience and hope. Since its inception in 2012, it has grown to become a symbol of Singapore’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. It stands as a reminder that even in an urban environment, nature can still thrive. There are many things to explore in Gardens by the Bay:

  • The Cloud Forest is one of the highlights of Gardens by the Bay, with its 35-meter tall mountain covered in lush vegetation and over 600 species of plants from around the world.
  • The Flower Dome features nine different climate-controlled gardens that showcase over 1,000 species of plants from across five continents.
  • There are 18 Supertrees that reach up to 16 stories high and are lit up at night for a spectacular show.
  • The Dragonfly Bridge spans across two of the Supertrees in the gardens, connecting them together. As you walk across it, you can take in stunning views of Marina Bay and the surrounding area.

How to reach Gardens by the Bay?

To get to Gardens by the Bay, the MRT is the most convenient way to reach Gardens by the Bay. You can either take the East West Line or Circle Line to reach Gardens by the Bay. The two nearest MRT stations are Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16) on the Circle Line and Downtown Line. You can walk via the underground linkway (Exit B) or take the overhead bridge from Marina Bay Sands.

To enter the Gardens from the other side, you could also enter the gardens from Gardens by the Bay MRT Station (TE22) on the Thomson East-Coast Line.

For other means of transport, refer to the official website of Garden’s by the Bay here.

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is one of the iconic places in Singapore that has become a symbol of its strive for modernity and progress. It is an integrated resort that features a hotel, convention centre, shopping mall, museum, theatre, and two observation decks. The iconic skyline of Marina Bay Sands has become one of the most photographed places in Singapore. It is also home to some of the world’s best restaurants and nightlife spots. With its incredible views over the city and its unique architecture, Marina Bay Sands is truly a sight to behold!

Merlion Park

Merlion Park is one of the most iconic places in Singapore, situated at the mouth of the Singapore River. It is home to the mythical Merlion statue, a half-fish and half-lion creature that has become a symbol of Singapore.

Merlion Park Singapore

The legend of the Merlion dates back centuries and is rooted in ancient Malay folklore. According to local legend, the Merlion was sent by Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang who discovered Singapore in 1299. He named it Singapura, or Lion City in Malay, after spotting what he thought was a lion on one of its islands.

Today, Merlion Park stands as a reminder of this ancient myth and serves as an important landmark for locals and tourists alike.

Marina Bay Walking Trail

The Marina Bay Walking Trail is one of the most popular walks in Singapore. It is a 4km trail that starts and stops at the Merlion statue and takes you past some of the most iconic places in Singapore, such as Marina Bay Sands, Shoppes Mall, the Giant White Lotus, and One Fullerton. The best time to go is in the evening when the temperatures are more moderate and when you can also enjoy the Spectra light and water show. It takes place every night at 8 pm & 9 pm at the event plaza of Shoppes Mall. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is also a show at 10 pm.

How to reach Merlion Park?

The easiest way to get to Merlion Park is by catching the MRT to Raffles Place station on the East-West Line. Take the exit towards the United Overseas Bank Plaza. You will see Fullerton Hotel from the middle of the plaza. Merlion Park is waiting for you behind the hotel.