Singapore Destination Guide
Unique is the word that best captures Singapore, a dynamic
city rich in contrast and colour where you'll find a harmonious
blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. A bridge
between the East and the West for centuries, Singapore,
located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues
to embrace tradition and modernity today. Brimming with
unbridled energy and bursting with exciting events, the
city offers countless unique, memorable experiences waiting
to be discovered.
Orchard Road is most definitely one of the premier shopping
areas of the world. From Gucci to Rolex, Tiffany to Louis
Vuitton, you’ll find it all here. Mixed with wide
footpaths and huge malls to lose yourself in, even if you
don’t spend a dime, you’ll have fun wandering
from one end to the other.
One of the magnificent things about Singapore is the city’s
ability to come up with new concepts that stretch common
perceptions. The Night Safari is one of those.
Illuminated by special "moonlight" lights, and
divided up into eight geographical zones, the Night Safari
is home to more than 1200 animals and 110 species. It is
open from 7.30pm to midnight every day when you can take
a motorised train around the zoo, watching the animals as
they prowl the night. If you want to get off, there are
walking tracks as well that allow you to explore a little
off the main road.
Chinatown is a must-see for your stay in Singapore. While
the area carries the distinct feeling of Singapore after
years of upgrading and reconstruction, you can still get
an experience of the Chinatown of old.
Little India, centred around Serangoon Road, embodies the
vibrant and colourful culture of the Indian community in
Singapore. Women in graceful saris and turbaned Sikhs go
about their daily business in the Zhujiao Centre, where
a bewildering selection of food is on sale. Small shops
abound, selling bolts of glittering silks, temple garlands,
gold jewellery and spices that are ground in front of you.
The Hindu religion plays an important part in the life of
Little India, and the Sri Veerama Kaliaman and Sri Srinivasa
Perumal Temples in the area are well worth visiting. Allow
two hours to browse.
Built in 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, a well-known
architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden's concept is based
on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the
integration of splendid architectural features with the
natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modelled along
the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and
While in Singapore, your shopping options are huge. Orchard
Road and City Hall (including Suntec City area) are the
two main shopping areas, while the likes of Chinatown, Little
India and Arab Street will provide you with places to find
something really Asian.
Singapore is also great for computer and electronic shopping,
although it is always wise to check all the details before
taking your expensive purchases back home with you.