Singapore

Singapore is a melting pot of colourful foods, spiritual relics and souvenirs.

A true melting pot, Singapore is a one-stop destination for a multicultural experience. Passions come alive in this island city-state, from renowned formal dining to street eats, street vendors to upscale shopping centres, street art and sculpture to world-class museums and everything in between.

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Shopping

Orchard Road has become Asia's most famous shopping district. Its collection of international luxury brands brings in shoppers from all over Asia and the rest of the world. But Singapore's shopping opportunities only begin there. Head to the lesser known areas of Katong or Haji Lane for laneways filled with boutiques. Then take to the streets to get the experience of shopping Singapore's best bazaars, including *SCAPE Marketplace and the Bugis Street Market.

Culture

Singapore’s diverse culture is evident in their temples, mosques, and churches, which are often situated in close proximity to each other. And for many of these religions and subcultures that thrive here, annual festivals and events offer the chance to dive deeper into the culture. From the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, Vesak Day (Buddhist), and Chinese New Year, there are reasons to come together to celebrate all year long.

Art & Architecture

Over the past 20 years, Singapore’s art scene has grown and evolved, creating a thriving contemporary art scene. Art Plural Gallery, Future Perfect, The Drawing Room and Sundaram Tagore Gallery are only some of the must-visit galleries. But a walk along any of the clean streets of Singapore is bound to bring you to street art and artfully placed urban sculpture. Of course, any visitor couldn't miss the striking architecture of the Marina Bay Sands, The Sail, and the Gardens of the Bay that make Singapore's skyline so exciting.

Cuisine

The flavours of Singapore come alive with influences from Indian, Malaysian, and Chinese. Singapore's national dish is Chicken Rice, but a visit to Singapore wouldn't be complete with Hokkien Prawn Mee, Nasi Lemak, and Laksa. From Michelin-star restaurants to hawker centres to pop-up food events like the Singapore Food Festival, Singapore Restaurant Week, and Singapore Cocktail Festival, a delicious meal is just a mouthful away.

About Singapore

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language
    English, Malay, Tamil, Standard Mandarin.
    Currency
    Singapore dollar (SGD)
    Visa Requirements

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Shop Joo Chiat/Katong - this hip-yet-historic neighbourhood gets its charm from pastel-coloured shops, restaurants, and boutiques.
    • Walk the Gardens by the Bay - home to the Cloud Forest, which has become an iconic attraction, the Gardens by the Bay offers both respite in an urban setting and some of the best city views.
    • Visit the Sri Mariamman Temple - it's hard to miss this exquisite six-tiered temple. It was built in the Dravidian style of architecture and features decorations of Hindu deities.
    • Eat Katong laksa - laksa comes in many colours and flavours, but Katong laksa was inspired by the Perankans. It is spicy but balanced with coconut milk and is often finished with cockles, prawns, and fishcake.
    • Party at ZoukOut - this one-night EDM outdoor beach party event draws tens of thousands revellers from all over the world
    Katong
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Explore Singapore Botanic Gardens - this family-friendly attraction has actually become Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Shop on Orchard Road - known as Asia'a most famous shopping street, this neighbourhood allows fashionistas of all ages to find the latest fashions.
    • Pick up souvenirs at the Little India Arcade - this massive group of shop houses has winding alleys dotted with stores selling sweets, books, accessories, and so much more. It's a playground for the senses.
    • Trek the Southern Ridges Walk - this 5km hike brings travellers through 3 major parks, including the Mount Faber Park that homes the Henderson Waves. This is a physically, visually, and conceptually stimulating walk that will inspire travellers of all ages.
    • Visit the 'Merlion' - this must-see landmark represents the national icon, which has the head of a lion and body of a fish.
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  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Chinese New Year (January – February)
    • World Gourmet Summit (April)
    • Singapore International Film Festival (April)
    • Vesak Day (May)
    • Singapore Arts Festival (May – June)
    • Singapore Dragon Boat Festival: Bedok (June)
    • Festival of the Hungry Ghosts (July – September)
    • National Day Parade (August)
    • Singapore Fireworks Festival: Marina Bay (August)
    • Mid-Autumn Festival (September – October)
    • Hari Raya Puasa (September – October)
    • Deepavali (October)
    • Singapore Fashion Week (October – November)
    • Christmas celebrations (October - December)
    Deepavali
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Shop at Haji Lane - stunning boutiques and a mix of bars and cafes congregate at this hipster haven.
    • Take a cooking class as Coriander Leaf - this restaurant offers classes where visitors can learn to make a mixture of traditional Asian dishes.
    • Sip tea at Yixing Xuan Teahouse - sip sea and participate in a tea appreciation session to learn about the history of tea and even take home a souvenir.
    • Journey to Haw Par Villa - this theme park is like nothing else. Gruesome figurines illustrating scary scenes from Chinese folklore, as well as happy tales from other Chinese legends, create many a tableaux.
    • Come for Singapore Night Festival - for two weekends in August, Singapore becomes fully immersed in the art and architecture that it already usually celebrates. Watch aerial performances, light shows, and interactive canvasses take over each night.
    Haji Lane

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