Singapore is a small Asian island state. It is also called a city-state, since its size is smaller than the capitals of other countries. Every year, the area of Singapore is increasing thanks to a special government program for reclamation of the banks. Another name for Singapore is lion city, and this is quite symbolic. This is how sophisticated tourists imagine a country that a couple of decades ago was poorer than a church mouse. Now Singapore is among the world’s centers of transport, trade and industrial relations.
As a tourist destination, it is worth noting that Singapore is more suitable for business travelers, tourists who come to symposia, scientific and trade conferences, forums, exhibitions, as well as for those who want to visit the end of the world, on the ocean.
In the eyes of tourists, Singapore is:
- Religious Pluralism;
- Cultural cosmopolitanism (a combination of Arab, Chinese, Indian cultures);
- Authentic cuisine;
- Advanced technologies;
- Rainforests and oceanic nature.
Setting off on a trip to the ends of the world in incredible and so distinctive Singapore as a tourist, you must remember about the large number of prohibitions and restrictions that lie in wait at every step. It is worth carefully reading all warning signs, inscriptions and plates in order to avoid meeting with the law enforcement agencies, which in Singapore are distinguished by their rigor and open-mindedness.
Before flying to the Lion City, curious tourists are offered information on the most exciting and memorable sights.
Museum of Optical Illusions
This place will not leave you without a good mood and stunning photos! The Museum of Optical Illusions, located on Sentosa Island, hosts six different thematic exhibitions: fairy, circus, the world of wild animals, world art, love, adventure. The essence of expositions is in their size and three-dimensional graphics, which creates a complete illusion of presence. In the museum, visitors are allowed not only to touch the exhibits, but also to actively participate in the plots of the paintings and supplement them with their ideas and images, as well as to capture their fantasies on a camera. Two hours will be enough for you to frolic in this museum, and then we suggest you go to a real miracle of architecture.
Almost every tourist country has its own Ferris wheel – some have the highest, some have the oldest, some have the latest nano-technologies. The world’s tallest Ferris wheel (Singapore Flyer) was built in Singapore in 2008. For lovers of heights and unique high-altitude cityscapes, we recommend you to take a ride on this one. During the ascent, passengers are in glass capsules equipped with air conditioning. The wheel goes full circle in 30 minutes, and 15 minutes after the start, your spirit will be captured by the beauty of the city from a height of 165 meters, which will be announced by the lift itself.
Marine Life Park is the youngest and largest oceanarium in the world. It includes the aquarium itself and an amusement park. The aquarium presents various marine fish and animals from all over the world, living in various areas of our planet. The largest panoramic open ocean aquarium is also impressive, giving the impression that you are on the ocean floor. The number of marine species represented here exceeds one hundred thousand!
Here you can not only watch unprecedented fish, but also swim with dolphins, swim with dangerous and terrible sharks, as well as order snorkeling, snorkel with colorful tropical fish.
Having studied the underwater flora and fauna, you can go to the incredible amusement park:
- To the “river of adventure”;
- Slides with hydro-magnetic rockets;
- “Blue Bay”;
- Artificial grottoes.
Jurong Bird Park
The attraction of Jurong Park is how everything is organized here. It implements the concept of a nature reserve, where the most accurate natural habitat conditions for almost all species of birds have been recreated. The number of birds has recently been more than 5 thousand representatives from different continents and different natural systems and habitats. However, in order to see rare species of birds, you may need to spend a whole day in the park. An exciting activity for all tourists is feeding the birds and taking pictures with them. The park hosts many different activities for children and adults. Here you can also grab a bite to eat at the parrot buffet, get a talented cockatoo portrait as a gift, or book an entire penguin party.
To all these tempting ideas, it is worth adding the opportunity to visit three other parks with one ticket, which are supervised by the same organization as Jurong Park.
Museum of Asian Civilizations
The museum building includes two wings and eleven halls. They display exhibits about the history, culture, traditions of the countries of the East – China, India, Oceania, as well as the Peranakan people, who are the ancestors of the real inhabitants of Singapore. The exhibition presents not only dishes, utensils and cult things of ancient people, but also the achievements of science and technology over the past decades. The spacious halls of the museum sometimes act as halls for mass celebrations, and on the territory of the museum complex there is also a restaurant with exquisite Asian cuisine, where the chef will delight even sophisticated connoisseurs of oriental dishes. Finally, you should visit the souvenir shop and buy some miniature artifact as a souvenir of your trip.
Having visited Singapore, we can definitely say that this is truly the “city of the lion” – majestic, beautiful, real. It combines the spirit of the past, the spirit of oriental traditions and the spirit of modernity, luxury and new technologies.