Many people know Singapore for its skyscrapers and cleanliness. While living in this diverse city gives you the perfect opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the country, one would also be able to discover the many attractions that make Singapore one of the most popular cities in the world. Read on to find out more about these unique places of interest for both visitors and locals to get a better understanding of what our little red dot has to offer to travel like a local.
1) Changi Chapel Museum
Revisit the history of Singapore and you can find artefacts that complement those in other WWII sites such as the Former Ford Factory, and Reflections of Bukit Chandu. The Changi Chapel Museum is, arguably, the most iconic of World War II (WWII) sites in Singapore.
The main interest lies in the stories of industry and ingenuity within the Prisoners-of-War (POW) camps in Singapore. And with new multimedia offerings, you can uncover the lesser-known accounts of the internees, prison conditions back then, and legacies left behind by three and a half years of the Japanese Occupation through an enhanced immersive experience.
The opening hours are from 9.30am to 5.30pm (Tuesdays to Sundays). Closed every Monday except Public Holidays. Last admission at 5pm.
2) Haw Par Villa
If you are on the hunt for a good day trip outdoor, then you should visit Haw Par Villa. Located on a hill in Pasir Panjang, Haw Par Villa was once known as Tiger Balm Gardens. The 10 Courts of Hell (renamed as Hell’s Museum will reopen on 28 Oct 2021) is one of the most popular spot that you have to visit in Haw Par Villa as it depicts in detail the punishments in the afterlife that would await the souls of sinners.
The operating hours for the theme park is from 9am to 10pm. Admission is free.
3) Singapore Discovery Centre
Hear the past, touch the present and see the future at Singapore Discovery Centre. Be inspired! Through its fun and interactive galleries and attractions, visitors enjoy a multi-sensory learning experience while gaining insights into Singapore’s dreams, aspirations and challenges.
It’s newly refreshed permanent gallery also tells the Singapore story from the 14th century till the present day, highlighting key events such as the Japanese Occupation, the Indonesian Konfrontasi and the 1983 cable car tragedy. If you are look for some action, the laser tag arena at the Black Lake Facility uses the Helios2 laser tag system and features three gameplay themes. The Black Lake Facility, is said to be based on a fictional re-imagining of the SDC as a place doing research on a relic located at the lake beside it.
Sounds exciting? Refer to the opening hours HERE to plan your trip.
4) Singapore Ant Museum
The Singapore Ant Museum is situated in a quaint shophouse at Upper Paya Lebar Road. Besides observing ants in their habitat – feeding, moving objects, cleaning their homes, you will get to see some of the 23 species of ants which can be found in Singapore. Among them, spot the world’s largest ant with its fearsome bite, Fire Ants, Weaver Ants and Trapjaw Ants.
Equip yourself with a magnifying glass to observe the minute actions and the little quirks of ants. See them as they forage for food, as they take care of their queen and the eggs, as they go about their more often than not, busy but hidden lives.
If you wish to know more about these little creatures, book your appointment or find out more details HERE.
5) Science Centre Singapore
Immerse yourself in inspiring insights at the Singapore Science Centre. With more than a thousand interactive exhibits spanning 14 galleries, Science Centre Singapore is an ideal space to inspire the next generation of Newtons or Einsteins.
Trek to the centre of the earth through a crack in the surface, to discover the different layers that lay beneath, or power an engine using the heat from your palm! These are just some of the fun activities that can be found at 20 permanent exhibitions such as the Ecogarden, which showcases a variety of plants, all growing naturally without human oversight. See what different butterfly species go through, from an egg to a beautiful winged adult at Butterflies Up-Close. Learn about the life of the “Renaissance Man” and stop by Da Vinci, The Exhibition.
Learning never stops, and visitors—whether young or old—are guaranteed to be enthralled by the ingenuity on display at Science Centre Singapore. Check out the operating hours HERE.
We hope you enjoy this special Singapore Attractions edition! It is time to celebrate the nation’s birthday this month as we salute the frontline workers while continuing to live and cope with the pandemic. As you prepare for the occasion, keep these suggestions up your sleeves or share it with your siblings and friends as you will still be able to celebrate the occasion despite the measures in place this year. If you enjoyed any of it, do share with us your experience.
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