Adventure, Asia, Beaches, Culture, Destinations, Luxury, Southeast Asia, Visit

28 Places to visit in Singapore: The ‘Lion City’ of Southeast Asia

A destination with breathtaking views, Singapore is a treasure chest of tropical rainforests, botanical gardens, and indoor lush green mountains. Places to visit in Singapore give it a mainstream tourist destination tag that you will find on every traveler’s map.

Source: unsplash

From ethnic neighborhoods to wildlife nature reserves and theme parks, here are some stunning places in Singapore that will paint a picture of a wonderland once you pack your bags and trace your steps to the Lion City in the land of Southeast Asia.

1. Universal Studios

Source: Unsplash

Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park takes you on a journey into the world of Hollywood through 24 rides and attractions in 7 themed zones. From TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle to Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, you will experience rides with cutting-edge animations based on popular films. Some of the other famous rides include Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, Revenge of the Mummy, etc.

Children can meet their favorite movie characters such as Autobots from Transformers, Despicable Me minions, the cast of Madagascar, etc. Guests can feast on Italian favorites, Indian delicacies, gourmet burgers and fries, Southeast Asian curries, etc.

Ticket prices: Adult (Age 13-59) – SGD 81 (INR 4460)
Child (Age 4-12) : SGD 61 (INR 3360)
Senior (Age 60 and above) : SGD 43 (INR 2370)
Universal Express: One-time ticket at every attraction. SGD 40 (INR 2202) onwards
Universal Express Unlimited: Unlimited access at every attraction. SGD 70 (INR 3855) onwards
Timings: 2 pm – 9 pm (Thursday to Sunday)

2. Little India

Source: visitsingapore

Little India, commonly known as Tekka, is a true reflection of Indian culture and community nestled in Singapore. The ethnic neighborhood is one of those places to visit in Singapore which is filled with mouth-watering street food, shopping centers, shops, religious places, etc. Take a walk on Serangoon road to explore cultural diversity through Hindu temples, Churches, and Mosques. One of the most notable Hindu temples in Little India is Sri Veeramakaliamman.

Feast on authentic South Indian delicacies such as fish head curry at Banana leaf Apolo. You can also savor sizzling tandoori dishes at Jaggi’s. If you are out on a shopping spree, visit the 24-hour Mustafa center or Jothi store & flower shop for diverse ethnic products. The Little India Arcade is also famous for Indian sweets, costume jewelry, and souvenirs.

3. Buddha Relic Temple

Source: pinterest

The Chinese Buddhist temple is a revered place of worship in Singapore. The religious place has been designed to reflect centuries-old Buddhist cultural art & history. Constructed in 2007, the temple is home to Lord Buddha’s tooth relic found in Kushinagar, India. The temple’s architecture is based on various elements of the Tang Dynasty.

The sacred place has a museum which houses sacred artifacts related to the Buddha. The main attraction, the Buddha tooth relic, is placed in a stupa made from 320 kg of gold weighing 3500 kilograms. However, only monks can enter the relic chamber. Tourists can view the tooth from a public viewing area.

Open days and timings: Daily 7 am-7 pm
Museum and Stupa Chamber timings: 9 am-6 pm
Entry fees: Free admission

4. National Orchid Garden

Source: nparksgov

If you are on a Singapore city tour, head to the scenic garden located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Spread over three hectares, it is home to over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrid plants/flowers. However, only a few plants and flowers are on display for the public.

The plants are placed in four color zones. Spring zone has flowers in gold & yellow shades. Summer zone houses flowers in red & pink. The Autumn zone has flowers of matured shades, and the Winter zone displays flowers mostly in white & violet shades.

Open days/ timings: 8.30am – 7.00pm daily
Entry fee: Free for children below 12 years
Adults: SGD 7
Students: SGD 1.5
Senior citizens (60 & above): SGD 1.5

5. Gardens by the Bay

Source: unsplash

It is a Nature Park of 101 hectares of land in the Central region of Singapore. This park is situated adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. It is mainly divided into Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden.

This garden’s main attraction is the huge flower dome, considered the largest glass greenhouse in the world. It is a hub of many exotic Mediterranean flowers and plants in semi-arid regions from 5 different counties. Here are a few flowers found in the Gardens by the Bay: Crassula Ovata, Camellia japonica, Adansonia grandidieri, Aloe barberae, Brahea armata, Olea europaea, etc.

Open days- Daily
Timings- 9:00 am- 9:00 pm
Pre Book your tickets directly from your mobile.

6. Night Safari Nocturnal Wildlife Park

Source: wrs.com

Night Safari Wildlife Park is one of the most exciting tourist attractions in Singapore. It opens at night and gives you a thrilling view of nocturnal species. It was established in 1994 and occupies 35 hectares of the rainforest that lies next to the Singapore Zoo and Upper Seletar Reservoir.

The Night Safari Zoo provides a home to almost 900 animals representing around 100 species, including the Malayan Tapir and the Malayan Tiger. It is a home for 41% of threatened species. The zoo has a fantastic tram service that includes a 60 min drive through different geographical zones. The animals which cannot be seen by tram can be seen through the walking trails.

Opening Days: Thursday- Sunday
Timings- 7:00pm- 11:00am (Last entry at 10:15)

7. Marina Bay

Source: unsplash

You just cannot miss out on one of the most popular names in the Singapore tours and attractions list. Marina Bay is a huge and integrated resort that is located in the Downtown district of Singapore. It is considered to be the world’s most expensive Casino property, which is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation. It contains around 500 tables and 1600 slot machines.

Moshe Safdie well designed the resort. It includes 2,561 rooms, a museum, a theatre, seven restaurants of celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, David Myers, art-science exhibits, and two floating crystal pavilions.

The shopping freaks have the world’s largest Louis Vuitton store directly connected via an underground tunnel. Marina bay provides you the dining options with mouth-watering Japanese, Asian and Singaporean cuisine and an ultra-luxury hotel experience to delight you.

8. Jurong Bird Park

Source: unsplash

A huge bird sanctuary in Jurong, Singapore, covers an area of 0.2 square kilometers. It specifically lies on the peak of Jurong Hill, which is considered to be the highest point in the Jurong region. The park is a home for 12,000 birds consisting of around 500 species.

The main spot to sneak into is the waterfall Aviary. It mainly attracts the birds from Africa like African glossy starlings, turacos, white-necked rockfowl and is considered the second-largest walk-in-aviary in the world.

It also consists of a 30 meter tall Jurong fall, which is revered as the world’s largest man-made waterfall. The best sections to visit in the Jurong Bird Park includes Dinosaur descendants, Wings of Asia, Parrot Paradise, World of Darkness, Wetlands, Flamingo pool and Flamingo lake, etc.

Open days: Monday- Sunday
Timings- 8:30am- 6pm
Admission Fee: SGD 25.5

9. Sentosa Island

Source: visitsingapore

Sentosa Island is the most beautiful Singapore destination located on the Southern coast of Singapore’s Main Island. Both the Island is divided by the Keppel Harbour that lies adjacent to a small wedge island named Pulao Brani.

After being a Japanese prisoner base and British military base, now the Island is dotted with a series of beautiful and comfortable resorts, Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore butterfly, and Universal Studios. Sentosa Island’s journey from Vivo City is just a 12min way that can be covered through a cable car ride.

Opening days: Monday- Sunday
Timings- 9am- 10pm
Admission Fee: SGD 43.5 onwards

10. Cloud Forest

Source: unsplash

Located in Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest is one of the most popular places of interest in Singapore. It is a 35-meter lush green mountain with the world’s largest indoor waterfall. The greenhouse was constructed to recreate tropical weather inside a dome.

A walk through the indoor ‘forest’ will make you appreciate unique biodiversity and nine zones within this green conservatory. They are Secret Garden, Cloud Forest Theatre, Tree Top Walk, Lost World, Crystal Mountain, Waterfall View, The Cavern, Cloud Forest Gallery, and Waterfall View. Cloud forest is the perfect place to enjoy tropical weather in an enclosed environment.

Open days/timings: 9am-9pm daily
Entry fees: Standard two conservatories: a) Adult: SGD 38
b) Child (3-12 years): SGD 20
Standard one conservatory: a) Adult: SGD 27
b) Child (3-12 years): SGD 16

11. National Museum

Source: wikipedia

Touted as Singapore’s oldest museum, this treasure trove of history and culture of the Lion city dates back to 1887. From cultural events to film screenings, the museum hosts multiple events throughout the year. One of the art installations, Story of the Forest, is a fascinating and immersive digital experience for all tourists. The neo-Palladian style influences the museum’s architecture.

Singapore: The past 100 years gallery, Singapore gallery are some of the popular cultural attractions which weave together a narrative of the past and present and take every tourist on a historical journey.

Open days/Timings: 10am – 7pm daily
Admission fee: Free

12. Haw par villa

Source: visitsingapore

Singapore’s Asian cultural park is a blend of Chinese mythology, folklore, and legend. It is filled with a myriad of stories dating back centuries. The park was earlier known as Tiger Balm Gardens. Haw par villa is home to more than 150 dioramas and 1000 statues that depict Chinese literature, such as the stories of the eight immortals.

The Haw Par Villa is most famous for the Ten Courts of Hell’s depictions from Chinese folklore. This repository of myths and culture is a must-visit for anyone who wants to know a little more about ancient Chinese history.

Timings: 10am – 4pm
Open days: Monday to Friday

13. Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay

Source: wikipedia

Located along the picturesque Marina Bay, the Lion city’s premier performing arts center hosts a world-class line up of various international artists. This is one of the places to visit in Singapore where you can experience creativity at its best with some stunning dance, theatre, musical performances on stage.

Esplanade is home to a 2000-seat theatre, 1600-seat concert hall, and several areas where private performances take place. Some of the most notable events include a concert by The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Open days/Timings: 8am-10pm daily
Admission Fee: Subjective to shows and events

14. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Source: visitsingapore

The 163-hectare nature reserve is home to a diverse variety of indigenous flora and fauna of Singapore. Established in 1883 as a forest reserve, it is a vast rainforest coupled with a large and diverse ecosystem. It is also a botanical garden with flowering plant species such as Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Malayan Colugo, Red Dhup, etc.

This biodiversity hotspot is home to more than 700 species of flowering plants and 500 species of animals. Apart from exploring the natural wonders in the reserve, tourists can go on nature walks, hikes, mountain biking, etc.

Open days/Timings: 7 am – 7 pm (timings differ on weekends)
Admission fee: Free

15. Siloso Beach

Source: sentosa

One of the most refreshing and calming sites in Singapore, Siloso Beach, is the best for vacationers. It is a perfect spot for relaxing and swimming. The calm sea, surrounded by the sandy beach, makes a perfect natural scenery.

Although the beach is not natural and human-made, it doesn’t lack any natural elements that raise questions in the viewer’s mind. Apart from swimming and relaxing, tourists can also enjoy other activities like Kayaking or Surfing.

With the best street food and dining options available, Siloso Beach makes an excellent Picnic spot too. You can enjoy all the food options starting from local food stalls to international cuisines.

Opening days: Monday- Saturday
Timings- 11:00am- 11:00pm

16. Sri Mariamman Temple

Source: wikipedia

If you are someone looking to explore the diverse ethnicity in the Lion City, Mariamman Temple is one of the places to visit in Singapore. It is considered as one of the oldest temples in Singapore, built in the Dravidian style. It is a Hindu temple located on South Bridge Road and has been listed as a National Monument.

The Temple’s main deity is God Mariamman, known for curing illness, epidemic, and diseases. The secondary shrines of deities are of Ram and Murugan. Apart from them, many other deities like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Durga are also present in the Temple.

After the deity of Sri Mariamman, the deity of Draupadi becomes the second important deity of the Temple that is worshipped by people. The Thimithi is a fire walking ceremony that happens right before Diwali and Dussehra and is considered the Temple’s grandest occasion.

Open days/Timings– Monday-Sunday
(7:00am-12pm) Morning
(6:00pm-9pm) Night
Admission fee: Free

17. Trick Eye Museum

Source: rwsentosa

Get ready to trick your eyes and mind with the best 3D museum in the world. Trick Eye Museum is one of the best and highly acknowledged art galleries globally.

The AR function, incorporating 80 optical illusions and 3D art, attracts an audience from all over the world. Unlike other museums, this museum motivates tourists to click unlimited pictures in the most creative way possible. It has an interactive museum that helps you interact with the characters in the image directly. The mind-bending creativity makes Trick Eye museum one of the best places to visit in Singapore.

Open days/Timings: Thursday to Tuesday (10 am-6 pm)
Admission Fee: Adults- SGD 32

18. S.E.A. Aquarium

Source: visitsingapore

One of the most iconic man-made creations, S.E.A. Aquarium, is considered one of the most stunning places to visit in Singapore. It is a huge aquarium that contains 45,000,000 liters of water and provides homage to around 100,000 marine animals. The aquarium contains aquatic animals of over 800 species.

The most extensive collection of Manta Rays can be found in this Ocean along-side Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, scalloped hammerhead sharks. Many other species like Selena vomer, Chelmon rostratus, Cardinalfish, Acanthurus are found here.

The Sea aquarium’s biggest attraction is the Open Ocean tank, which sustains more than 50,000 animals. Besides watching the beautiful aquatic life, one can also enjoy other exciting activities like Sea Diving, Sea Walking, and Water Park.

Open days/Timings: Monday-Sunday (10:00am-7:00pm)
Admission Fee: SGD 25.5 onwards

19. Singapore Flyer

Source: unsplash

One of the most exotic and intriguing places in Singapore is the Singapore Flyer, located in Downtown Core. It is a huge Wheel which has air-conditioned capsules, with a capacity to accommodate up to 28 passengers.

Singapore Flyer was considered to be amongst the world’s tallest Ferris wheels with a height of 165 meters. It offers complete access to an ‘exclusive’ Singapore viewpoint once you reach the top in the Ferris wheel.

Open days/Timings: Monday- Sunday (8:30am-10:30pm)
Admission Fee: SGD 48 onwards

20. Madame Tussauds

Source: MadameTussaudsSingapore

Madame Tussauds should be a must on your places to visit in Singapore list. It is a wax museum where statutes of various celebrities have been made. Officially opened in 2014, it is located in Imbiah Lookout of Sentosa Island.

The wax museum features many different sports icons, political leaders, and famous film stars. Few of the celebrity wax statues in the museum are of Narendra Modi, Johnny Depp. David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Sharukh Khan, etc. The museum also features characters from hit Hollywood films such as ET the alien, the Terminator, etc.

Opening days: Monday- Friday (10:00 am- 6:00 pm)
Saturday- Sunday (10am- 7:00pm)
Admission Fee: SGD 22 onwards

21. Singapore Zoo

Source: unsplash

Singapore Zoo is also known as Singapore Zoological Gardens or Mandai Zoo. It is spread over 28 hectares of land and situated on the Upper Seletar Reservoir margins within the forested zone of the central catchment area of Singapore.

The zoo provides homage to around 2500 animals and consists of 315 species of animals, amongst which 16% are considered to be threatened. It features wild jungle safari, Night safari, and Jurong bird park. Animals like White Tigers, Mandrills, Meerkat, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Blue-winged geese are found here.

Opening Days: Monday- Sunday
Timings: 8:30 am- 6 pm
Admission Fee: SGD 28 onwards

22. ChinaTown

Source: wikipedia

One of the frequented Singapore tourist attractions is Chinatown. It is a subzone situated in the Outram district of Singapore. It mainly features all the Chinese cultural elements as it has a history of Chinese immigrants too. A large section of this land comes under the Heritage sites and is officially designated for conservation.

The streets of Chinatown reflect the vibrant colors of China and its culture. The first Temple of Singapore, known as Thian Hock Keng Temple, is located here. The Temple is beautifully crafted and styled in a Southern Chinese tradition. You can also grab the delicious meal of Laska noodles and Kaya toast from the streets of this ethnic neighborhood.

23. Kidzania

Source: sentosa

Kidzania is a new and fast-growing interactive and entertainment phenomenon where kids learn, explore, and have fun. The children can live the replica of an adult’s life. Kidzania is built to motivate and inspire children to form their dreams and desires.

Kidzania of Singapore is a massive world of unique experiences and programs like designing, cooking, airplane flying, conducting surgery, engineering, etc. The world of Kidzania is wonderful for kids and even an excellent entertainment pack for parents as well and makes it one of the most visited places in Singapore.

Open days: Monday- Sunday
Timings: 10:00am- 6:00pm
Admission Fee: SGD 28 onwards

24. Singapore Grand Prix

Source: F1Nightrace

Singapore Grand Prix is a platform for motor racing and a part of the F.I.A. Formula One World Championship. It is one of the first street circuit designed in Asia for Formula One races. The track covers 305 kilometers and has 90 degree turns but with a high degree of variability and quick service and direction changes.

Driving on the F1 track allows the driver to enjoy the best 15 minutes of his life by sitting in Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren with the driver or by himself. You will get a certificate and full driving video after completing the drive.

Open Days: Monday-Sunday
Timings: 10am-11pm
Admission Fee: SGD 263 onwards

25. Merlion Park

Source: unsplash

Located in front of Fullerton Hotel, Merlion Park is an iconic landmark in Singapore first unveiled on 15 Sep 1972. Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The 8.6 meters tall is located at the waterfront of the park. Created by Lim Nang Seng, the 70-tonne concrete statue reflects the name ‘lion city’ in Malay.

There is also a small Merlion cub statue which is 2 meters tall and weighs 3 tonnes. Another reason it should be one of the places to visit in Singapore is to soak in Marina Bay’s breathtaking view.

Timings: All-day
Admission Fee: Free

26. Mount Faber Park

Source: visitsingapore

Mount Faber is a Hill, about 94 meters tall and located in Bukit Merah, situated in the Central region of Singapore. It is one of those places to visit in Singapore which provides a panoramic view of the dense central business district. Use the cable car if want to visit Sentosa Island directly from Mount Faber Park

You can relive the moments of love with your partner at the best dining option available at Mount Faber while enjoying the romantic view of the complete city. A few of the attractions at the park are Cable car Sky Dining, Dusk Restaurant and Bar, Old Habits, Arbora, Kafe Utu, Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant.

Visiting hours: Monday- Thursday (8:45 am- 9:00m)
Friday- Saturday (8:45am-2:00pm)
Sunday- (8:45am- 9:00pm)
Admission Fee– SGD 30

27. Helix Bridge

Source: unsplash

Helix Bridge, also known as Double Helix, is a pedestrian bridge that connects Marina Center with the Marina South. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Singapore at night. The bridge depicts the human D.N.A. structure, representing a series of the Illuminating double helix structure.

The colored letters C, G, and A, T light up beautifully at night. They light up in shades of green and red, depicting the four bases of D.N.A. cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine. The total length of the bridge is 280 meters and weighs almost 650 tonnes.
It is one of the best spots to go for a walk as it lays a wonderful panoramic view of the complete platform, promoting the concept of ‘rebirth’ and ‘growth.’

28. Asian Civilisations Museum

Source: wikipedia

Singapore is the cultural pot of Asia due to a wide of ethnic races & cultures found in the island city-state. One of the historically rich places to visit in Singapore is the Asian Civilisations Museum. Established in 1993, the museum sheds light on the cultural heritage of Asia and its historical relation with the rest of the world.

Don’t forget to visit the Khoo Teck Puat gallery if you want to further explore the Tang shipwreck collection, treasures dating back to 9th-century China. The annual river nights bring you closer to the arts and history of cultures on a global scale. A series of sculptures also showcase how people lived their life under colonial rule.

Open Days: Monday-Sunday
Timings: 10am- 7pm
Friday: 10am- 9pm

Curated by Ruchit Rastogi