The Southeast Asian island of Singapore is officially the Republic of Singapore. It has been inhabited since the second century AD. Singapore was the trading post of the East India Company in 1819 and under British rule by 1824. Occupied by the Japanese during World War II, Singapore declared independence, uniting with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963, although it was separated from Malaysia two years later. It is the world's fourth-leading financial center, and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. Following are the five places you must visit during your visit to Singapore for the ART STAGE Singapore 2018 fair.
1. National Orchid Garden
Since 1859, orchids have been closely associated with the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The products of the gardens’ orchid breeding program, which began in 1928, the design of these orchids is, one could say, ‘hand-crafted’ by the gardens’ horticultural staff. Over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids are now found in the gardens’ collection, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. Every year, more vibrant and enduring hybrids are added on.
2. Singapore Zoo
This rainforest zoo is locally known as the Mandai Zoo. It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which also manages the neighboring Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. There are about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16 percent are considered threatened species. The zoo follows the modern trend of displaying animals in naturalistic ‘open’ exhibits with hidden barriers, moats, and glass between the animals and visitors. It houses the largest captive colony of orangutans in the world. In 1977, primatologist Francine Neago lived inside a cage with 18 orangutans for six months to study their behavior and communication.
3. Marina Bay
This bay near Central Area in the southern part of Singapore and located to the east of the Downtown Core. It is a 24/7 destination with endless opportunities for people to “explore new living and lifestyle options, exchange new ideas and information for business, and be entertained by rich leisure and cultural experiences.”
The Waterfront Promenade around Marina Bay includes a new eco-friendly visitor center and The Helix linking Bayfront to Marina Centre where the Youth Olympic Park is located. The Promontory @ Marina Bay (formerly Central Promontory Site) will be used as an interim event space and public space used for activities such as theaters and carnivals.
Other places to see here are the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay made up of Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden across the mouth of the Singapore River. The Marina Bay City Gallery is an eco-friendly building by the waterfront promenade along Marina Boulevard. It showcases a large-scale model of Marina Bay by incorporating the latest multimedia technology. Visitors can navigate their way around the model to experience and appreciate the new city coming up around Marina Bay.
4. Asian Civilisations Museum
It is the evolution of the land that can be seen in this museum. It is said to be the first museum in the region to present a broad and integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilizations. Singapore’s forefathers settled in Singapore from many parts of Asia in the last 200 years and brought their ancient cultures with them. The museum’s collection, therefore, centers on the material cultures of the different groups originating from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.
5. River Trip
This is a unique way to see the beauty of Singapore. The river ride is a good way to explore the past and the present of the city. It exposes you to the modern and old architecture and you can enjoy the nightlights.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of Singapore.