Singapore Country Guide



Parks and Gardens
Though one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Singapore is a Garden City and Singaporeans take great pride in their parks and gardens. Be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens (including the National Orchid Garden) and the Gardens by the Bay (don't miss the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest). There are also the HortPark at the "Southern Ridges" and the "Chinese" and "Japanese Gardens".

City parks are located across the city and full of locals jogging or doing Tai Chi exercises.

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Park in Orchard Road, Singapore

City park along Orchard Road

Nature and Wildlife
Popular tourist attractions include the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and the Botanical Gardens, which are all located in the North and West. Finding "real" nature is a little harder in Singapore but the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a good destination with a variety of plant species. Pulau Ubin is an island off the Changi Village in the east and a flashback to rural Singapore of yesteryear. Also check out the tortoise and turtle sanctuary at the Chinese Gardens, on the west side of town for a great afternoon with these wonderful creatures.

Places of Worship
Don't miss this aspect of Singapore, where Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'i faith, Christianity, Islam and even Judaism all co-exist in harmony. Religious sites can be easily visited and welcome non-followers outside of service times. Particularly worth visiting include the vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery near Ang Mo Kio, the colourful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown, the psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier and the stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street.

Masjid Sultan, Singapore

Masjid Sultan

Culture and Cuisine
See Chinatown for Chinese treats, Little India for Indian flavours, Kampong Glam (Arab Street) for Malay and Arab experience. Singapore's East Coast is popular for its delicious seafood including the famous chilli and black pepper crabs.

Skyscrapers and Shopping
The heaviest shopping mall concentration in Singapore is in Orchard Road, while skyscrapers are clustered around the Singapore River. Also check out Bugis and Marina Bay to see where Singaporeans shop.

History and Museums
The Bras Basah area located east of Orchard and north of the Singapore River is Singapore's colonial core, with its historical buildings and museums.

Beaches and Tourist Resorts
Head to one of the three beaches on Sentosa Island off Singapore's southern coast. Other beaches can be found on the East Coast.

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Boat Quay
City Hall
Clarke Quay
Marina Bay
Mustafa Centre
North Bridge Road
Orchard Road
Sentosa Island
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