What Is Singapore Well Known for?

Singapore Tourist Spots Things to do and places to visit

Singapore has many tourist spots and attractions and is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Filipinos - and with good reason. The bustling multicultural city-state is well known for its striking modern architecture and its famous hawker centers selling a range of mouthwatering international cuisine. It also boasts numerous offshore islands which offer travelers relaxing natural surroundings.

Nevertheless, many of its most iconic attractions can be found in the very heart of the “Lion City”. If you’re planning to visit the country, make sure you browse this guide to plan your travel itinerary and discover the can’t-miss sights before you organize flights and complete your mandatory Singapore arrival card application.

Tourist Attractions Singapore Is Famous For

Singapore is famous for being incredibly clean - even introducing a ban on chewing gum - and for being the home of the delicious cocktail The Singapore Sling. However, it is arguably best known for its range of awe-inspiring buildings and monuments, and fun tourist attractions for all ages.

Below you can discover a full breakdown of the key tourist spots that all travelers are advised to include on their itinerary for Singapore.

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Dominating the Singaporean skyline, the vast Marina Bay Sands resort is made up of 3 55-story luxury hotel towers connected by an enormous rooftop terrace called the Sands SkyPark. Although it boasts an observation deck with stunning views over Marina Bay, extensive gardens, and even restaurants and nightclubs, the most striking feature of the SkyPark is its 146-meter infinity pool, the longest elevated swimming pool in the world.

Although only hotel guests have access to the infinity pool, non-residents can still visit the rest of the SkyPark and its many luxury facilities. Additionally, the resort complex also includes a high-end shopping mall, the Singapore ArtSciene Museum, and a casino, as well as an event plaza that frequently hosts a spectacular light and water show.

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The Gardens by the Bay

While Singapore boasts a huge number of green spaces, including its historic Botanic Gardens, the most memorable has to be the Gardens by the Bay. This 101-hectare park stretches along the Singaporean waterfront and offers a relaxing natural space for visitors to escape the bustle of the city.

The most iconic feature of the park and its best photo opportunity is the Supertree Grove, a futuristic yet organic series of sculptures that serve as a vertical garden. You should also visit the Garden’sCloud Forest Dome to experience the tallest indoor waterfall in the world.

The Merlion Statue

The Merlion - a creature that has the body and tail of a fish and a lion’s head -is an iconic symbol of Singapore and represents the city-state’s origin as a humble fishing village. Accordingly, there are huge statues of this mythical beast scattered throughout the country.

The most-visited Merlion statue is located in Merlion Park on the waterfront and spews a huge fountain of water into Marina Bay from its mouth. Another statue can be found nearby, while two additional merlions are located on the peak of Mount Faber.

Joo Chiat Road

If you want to learn about traditional Peranakan (mixed Chinese and Malay/Indonesian) culture, there is no better place in Singapore than Joo Chiat Road. Located in the eastern part of the city, this colorfully painted street is full of unique shopping boutiques, trendy cafés, and historic terrace houses built in the Peranakan style.

Singapore Night Safari

While a visit to Singapore Zoo is a great daytime activity for families visiting with kids, the best animal-themed attraction can be found right next door and opens when the sun goes down.

The world’s first nighttime zoo, the Singapore Night Safari has come one of the most popular tourist places in the city. Visitors can experience its unique collection of over 1000 nocturnal animals on a tram tour around the 40 hectares of grounds.

Univerisal Studios Theme Park

Another perfect attraction to keep kids happy during a visit to Singapore, Universal Studios is located on Sentosa, the largest of Singapore’s offshore islands, which also boasts a popular tourist resort and an idyllic sheltered beach.

Offering visitors over 20 themed areas to explore, the theme park is home to a plethora of attractions based on popular properties such as Harry Potter, Godzilla, Shrek, and Nintendo video games such as Mario Kart.

The Singapore Flyer

If you feel like taking in a different view of the city skyline than that offered from the Marina Bay Sands, then you should definitely consider a ride on the Singapore Flyer.

The largest observation wheel in the world, taller than even the London Eye, the Flyer offers visitors a 360-degree view of Marina Bay during a 30-minute trip. If you are lucky enough to ride on a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia in the distance!


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