Singapore has a great history to explore and it is because of its historical buildings, it is a tourist attraction. The vast past of Singapore is worth exploring and it is still alive through many landmarks and monuments. People from all over the world visit Singapore to see these Landmarks. There are so many historical buildings like Chijmes, Telok Ayer Market, Istana, and other buildings like old parliament house. The Merlion park and the theatre on the bay play an important role in the modern history of Singapore. These represent the major Landmarks and Memorials.
SOME OF THE FAMOUS LANDMARKS AND MEMORIALS:
It is the most famous in Singapore for dining and shopping. It is a five story old building of gothic style. It is situated on the grounds of former convent school and was reopened in 1997 after a year. Nowadays, Chijmes hall is used for musical concerts and art performances as well as wedding ceremonies. It is a spot for nightlife but many people like to roam during daytime around this colonial building for shopping. It is admired by many because of its beautiful design and architecture.
● Esplanades- Theatres on the bay:
It is locally known as Durian because of its spiky roof. Esplanade hosts many art performances. It consists of 2,000 seater theatre, another 1,600 seater concert hall, two small studios and a mall. The spiky look of Esplanades is due to the two large theatres. It was opened in 2002 and was a perfect place to enjoy an evening full of cultures. You can enjoy traditional dancing of Thailand. This building stand out with two large towers.
● Fort Canning park Singapore:
It is situated at Stamford Road behind the Singapore History museum. It is actually on a hilltop. You can visit Fort Canning park via different services- the park mail underpass, the national library underpass and others. The Fort Canning hill was also known as Forbidden hill and archaeologists have found artefacts as old as from the 14th century. At that time, Singapore was a part of Majapahit empire. Today only ruins of this fort are left and also several other underground tunnels. It is a common venue for art events.
It was formerly known as Government House. Istana is a place where Singaporean President sits. His office is in the Istana. It was built in 1869 by Singapore’s first Governor. It architecture follows the anglo Indian style and it has beautiful surrounding including a Japanese Cannon, and a statue of Queen Victoria. Istana is open for public only on certain occasions like Chinese New Year, Deepavali, and National Day.
● Merlion Park:
Merlion park is situated in the heart of Singapore city at the Marina Bay. It consists of a merlion- a creature whose head is of a lion and body resembles to that of a fish. This statue attracts more than a million visitors per year. It is very tall and compliments the name- Lion City, given to Singapore. This park is completely free to visit and has many cafes and restaurants. It is believed that the reason behind a Merlion is that the fish represents a country which was a small fishing village and the lion head is derived from the country’s original name, Singapura.
● Singapore River:
The river cuts through the heart of the city and provided a mesmerizing experience during night. Singapore has been doing trade through this river for decades now. The best way to see all the beautiful buildings, places, museum, etc is to have a ride through Singapore River. They provide the rides in the form of Quays. During night, the lights of the Marina Bay reflect through the water of this river and it makes the city look heavenly.
So, visit to these Landmarks and memorials provide great experience.