FNETRAVEL - 新加坡一目了然

Singapore Travel Information - 新加坡旅游信息

Singapore At A Glance - 新加坡一目了然
|| Introduction - 介绍 || Places of Interests - 旅游景点
Mass Rapid Transport - 地铁 || Map Of Singapore - 新加坡地图

SINGAPORE - Places of Interest
新加坡 - 旅游景点

Animal,Bird & Aquatic|| Gardens, Park & Nature Reserves || Other Parks
Isles of Singapore|| Landmarks & Memorials || Museums || Places of worship
Suburban Singapore
|| Themed attractions


The Singapore Zoological Gardens, an open-concept zoo which is home to more than 2,000 creatures, has attracted international acclaim because of its clever use of rock walls and streams as natural barriers.
Next to the Zoo is the Night Safari, another world-class attraction, where you can look a single-horned rhinoceros in the eye, prowl through the dark with a pack of striped hyenas and look out for leopards.

The Jurong BirdPark is one of the world's largest and most impressive aviaries, and a refuge for over 8,000 birds of 600 different species from all over the world.

Singapore Zoological Gardens
In its lush jungle setting, Singapore's renowned 'open' zoo is a haven for both animals and visitors. More than 2,000 creatures are housed in landscaped enclosures, with rock walls and streams replacing cages.

Special attractions include Children's World, where kids can interact with animals and enjoy excellent playgrounds, the six island Primate Kingdom, the sealion and penguin gallery, the air-conditioned polar bear exhibit and a miniature railway.

Feeding shows take place throughout the day; favourites include the primates, reptiles, elephants and sealions. Among the zoo's many endangered species is the world's largest colony of orang utans, with whom you can enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea if you book in advance through your hotel. Allow a whole day to enjoy the zoo's attractions.

The Night Safari
This is the world's premier night zoo. The twilight holds many surprises ... and more so at Night Safari, where you can look a rhinocerous in the eye or hear the howls of a pack of striped hyenas. There are over 1,200 animals of over 110 exotic species to watch out for. The animals are in 8 zones that recreate various geographic regions like the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna, Nepalese river valley, South American pampas and Burmese jungle.
Strike out on your own along the walking trail or relax in a tram ride - whichever you choose, Night Safari is a wild adventure not to be missed.

Winner of the Tourism Awards 2000,1999, 1997 and 1996 - Leisure Attraction of the Year.

Open: 7.30pm to midnight (daily)
Last ticket sale: 11pm

Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826

Tel: (65) 6269 3411 Fax: (65) 6367 2974

Getting there: Take the MRT to Choa Chu Kang Station (NS4), then board TIBS bus 927 to the zoo. Or take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio Station (NS16), then board SBS bus 138.



This is Singapore's largest commercial orchid garden. It's worth a visit for the colourful displays and the method and manner of cultivation. The 4-hectare Gardens features a whole hillside covered with flowering orchids in the open sunshine, including Singapore's national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim. There is also a landscaped Water Garden at the valley with many plants of botanical interest. Located conveniently next to the Zoo and Night Safari, visitors will also find orchid flowers and choice gift items at the Gift Shop to take home. The "Orchid Gift Box Service" will deliver orchids to any address in the world.

Open: 8.30am - 5.30pm (daily)
Admission: SGD 3 adults, SGD 1 children (under 12 years)
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729825

Tel: (65) 6269 1036 Fax: (65) 6366 1918

Getting There: Take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio Station (NS16), then board SBS bus 138. Alternatively, take TIBS bus 927 from Choa Chu Kang (NS4) MRT Station.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Singapore is one of only two cities in the world to have a significant area of primary rainforest within its boundaries - the other being Rio de Janeiro. This 164-hectare reserve, only 12 kilometres from the city centre, contains more species of trees than the entire North American continent. At the heart of the reserve lies Singapore's highest point - Bukit Timah Hill, at 164 metres above sea level. Well-marked paths meander through the jungle, and on the way, walkers can spot exotic birds, butterflies, monkeys, squirrels and flying lemurs as well as unique plantlife like the insect-eating pitcher plant. The reserve is an ideal place for hikers.
Open: 8.30am - 6.30pm (daily)

Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 3 hours
Location: 177 Hindhede Drive Singapore 589333
Tel: (65) 6468 5736

Getting There: Take the MRT to Newton Station (NS21), then take TIBS bus 171.

Chinese Gardens
Built in 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, a well-known architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden's concept is based on Chinese gardening art. The main characteristic is the integration of splendid architectural features with the natural environment. The Chinese Garden is modelled along the northern Chinese imperial style of architecture and landscaping.

Bonsai Garden - Opened in June 1992, the Suzhou-style Bonsai Garden cost an estimated SGD 3.8 million to build. This 5,800 sq metres garden with Suzhou-style buildings (incorporating a main hall of 50 sq metres) and landscape houses a collection of some 1,000 bonsais imported mostly from China. This world-class Bonsai Garden has since taken on a new look. Newly revitalised, after spending an estimate of another SGD 500,000 - the Bonsai Garden is a wonder that must be seen to be believed. A Bonsai Training Centre will also be launched where resident Bonsai experts from Shanghai and Suzhou (China)will teach on how to prune and care for Bonsais and how to appreciate the beauty of this unique artistry.

Admission: Admission charges to Bonsai Garden SGD 5 adults, SGD 3 children (3 - 12 years), SGD 3 senior citizens (55 years and above)

Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 1 Chinese Garden Singapore 619795
Tel: (65) 6261 3632 Fax: (65) 6261 1390

Getting There: The gardens are a 5-minute walk from the Chinese Garden MRT Station (EW25).

Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Gardens epitomises the tropical island's luxuriant parks. Spread over 52 hectares and close to the centre of the city, the Gardens is a combination of untouched primary forest and specialty gardens displaying frangipanis, roses, ferns and desert plants, to name a few. There are numerous plant species here, including many rare specimens, reflect the Gardens' richness and diversity of plant life.
The present orchid enclosure has 20,000 orchid plants on display. The National Orchid Garden promises sprawling orchid displays, water features, and an exotic bromeliad collection from Central and South America. Other attractions for visitors' enjoyment include Palm Valley, Eco-Lake and outdoor concerts on Symphony Lake.

Shop for exquisitely beautiful gift items at the RISIS Store located at the entrance of National Orchid Garden. Its merchandise ranges from ornate sets of orchid brooches to unique name cardholders with designs inspired by the Peranakan culture, which is a fusion of Chinese, Malay, and European influences. Definitely a great place for those who are looking for special mementos.

If you are looking for a fine dining experience by the greens, head on down to Au Jardin, an exclusive little French restaurant serving one of the best French cuisine in town. For more information, call Tel: 6466 8812. If fine dining is not your cup of tea, drop by any of the cafes ideally located in the Gardens.

Open: 5am - 12 midnight (daily)
National Orchid Garden: 8.30am - 7pm (daily)
RISIS Store: 8.45am - 5.45pm (daily)

Botanic Gardens: Free
National Orchid Garden: SGD 2 adults, SGD 1 children and seniors

Approximate Touring Time: 2 hours
Location: Cluny Road Singapore 259569
Tel: (65) 6471 7361 Fax: (65) 6475 4295

Getting There: From the Orchard MRT Station (NS22) along Orchard Boulevard, take SBS bus 7, 105, 106, 123 or 174.

Sungei Buloh Nature Park
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is Singapore's first and only protected wetland nature park. It is home to over 500 species of tropical flora and fauna. The 87 hectares of conserved wetland habitat is a "refuelling point" for birds on the East Asian Flyway. Carefully constructed hides and boardwalks provide a close-up view of the flora and fauna in the Park.
Open: 7.30am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), 7am - 7pm (Sat, Sun and public holidays)
Admission: SGD 1 adults, SGD 0.50 children
Approximate Touring Time: 2 - 5 hours
Location: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent Singapore 718925
Tel: (65) 6794 1401
Fax: (65) 6793 7271

Getting There: Take TIBS bus 925 from either Woodlands MRT Station (NS9) or Kranji MRT Station (NS7). This bus stops at the Park entrance on Sundays and Public Holidays. On weekdays and Saturdays, alight at the Kranji Reservoir Carpark for a 20-minute walk to the Park.


Fort Canning Park
Established in 1859 as an arms store, barracks and hospital, Fort Canning is now a park overlooking Orchard Road. It contains memorials of Singapore's early history dating back to the 14th century and Sir Stamford Raffles' personal bungalow. Look out also for the Spice Garden, a small replica of the original 19-hectare tract Raffles established in 1822 as the first experimental and botanical garden in Singapore. Fort Canning is also a popular venue for the arts, including sculpture exhibitions, plays and open-air ballet.
Open: Daily
Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 51 Canning Rise Singapore 179872
Tel: (65) 6333 0510 Fax: (65) 6333 0590
Getting There: Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station (NS24) and walk towards Fort Canning Road.

East Coast Park

East Coast Park, located off the East Coast Parkway, is a favourite play area for Singaporeans, either at the beach or on its landscaped vistas and terrains where cycling is much enjoyed. Hire a bicycle or pair of rollerblades or just laze on the sandy beach. Eat at the many fine seafood restaurants or amuse yourself at the various leisure attractions. These include a bowling alley, golf driving range, tennis and squash complexes, watersports centre, swimming lagoon and the East Coast Sailing Centre.
Open: Daily
Admission: Free
Getting There: Take a taxi from Orchard Road, or take SBS bus 16 and alight at Marine Terrace. Then use the underpass to cross the ECP expressway.

MacRitchie, Peirce, Lower Seletar and Seletar Reservoirs
These reservoirs are surrounded by broad swamps, jungle and greenery, which run through the central northern parts of Singapore. The reservoirs are popular for family outings and picnics. They are a quiet contrast to the bustle of the city and provide a variety of recreational facilities like paddle boating and golf at Upper Seletar or sport fishing at Lower Seletar. MacRitchie Reservoir has a 12-hectare park with a jogging track, exercise area, playground, tea kiosk and fountain. On most Sundays, local school bands or orchestras play at MacRitchie (check local dailies for time of performances).
Open: Daily

Admission: Free
MacRitchie: off Lornie Road
Upper Seletar: off Mandai Road
Lower Peirce: off Upper Thomson Road
Lower Seletar: off Yishun Avenue 1

Getting There:
MacRitchie: Take SBS bus 132 or TIBS bus 167 from Orchard Road.
Lower Peirce: Take TIBS bus 167 from Orchard Road.
Upper Seletar: Take the MRT to Ang Mo Kio Station (NS16) then board SBS bus 138.
Lower Seletar: Take the MRT to Yishun Station (NS13) then take TIBS bus 171.

Marina City Park
Marina City Park offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and the sea. The acres of open space are suitable for kite flying and there are some unusual works of art amidst its rolling greenery. These works include sculptures of Confucius and seven other Chinese legendary heroes and a 13-metre high brass and stainless expression of Singapore's aspirations called "Spirit of Youth and Sculpture Fountain". Drop by at the park for a picnic or savour a sumptuons steamboat buffet dinner at one of the many food outlets.
Open: Daily
Admission: Free
Location: Near Marina Bay
Getting There: Take the MRT to Marina Bay Station (NS27). From the station, it's a short walk, or take SBS bus 400.

Mount Faber

Mount Faber offers landscaped gardens and vantage points at its peak provide panoramic views of the harbour, Sentosa island and the other Southern islands. Chill out at the Altivo bar as you enjoy the spectacular views of the city at night. You can also board a cable car to Sentosa from here.
Open: Daily
Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 1.5 hours
Location: off Telok Blangah Road
Getting There: Take a taxi or the cable car from the World Trade Centre.


Singapore is not just one island, but a main island with over 50 surrounding islets. Some of Singapore's smaller islands offer a quiet respite from the big city with their laid-back ambience, idyllic beaches and inviting waters.
Sentosa - Singapore's resort island getaway is a must-see for all visitors. Just minutes away from the bustle of the city, this island of tranquillity welcomes you with beautiful sandy beaches, rustic nature trails, Asia's most exciting oceanarium & Dolphin Lagoon, historical sites, museums and great entertainment!

Pulau Ubin is a window into Singapore 30 years ago - thatched huts, backyard orchards, dirt tracks and interesting wildlife. St. John's Island, a former penal colony which has been transformed into a tranquil resort with abundant watersport activities and holiday bungalows, makes an ideal getaway.

Kusu or "Turtle" Island is best known for its legend of how a giant turtle turned itself into an island in order to save two shipwrecked sailors, a Malay and a Chinese. Lazarus and Sisters Islands are some of the other easily accessible tropical paradises known for snorkelling and diving. Simply catch a ferry from the Singapore Cruise Centre at the World Trade Centre or hire your own boat from Jardine Steps, Clifford Pier or the Changi Jetty.

Kusu and St John's Islands
On Kusu Island, there is a Malay shrine and a Chinese temple with an interesting legend woven around them. A giant sea turtle is believed to have saved two shipwrecked sailors - a Malay and a Chinese from drowning. As an act of thanks, the two men built a Chinese temple, Malay shrine and a huge turtle sculpture on the island. Taoists make annual pilgrimages to the Tua Pekong Temple during the ninth lunar month, while Muslims visit Kramat Kusu, a Malay shrine.
Stunning views of the mainland can be seen from Kusu's beaches and its hilltop. The warm waters of the lagoon are ideal for swimming.

Getting There: Take a ferry from Sentosa Ferry Terminal. Departure times: 10 am and 1.30 pm (Mon to Sat), and at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm (Sun and public holidays).

Return ticket SGD 9.00 (adults), SGD 6.00 (child 3 to 12 years).
Duration of the boat ride is about 30 mins. For enquiries on ferry service, call the Hotline at 1800-SENTOSA (6736 8672)

Pulau Ubin
Pulau Ubin is an island off the northeastern coast of Singapore, shaped like a boomerang and covered by low hills. This offshore island is being developed into a nature park complete with trails, shelters, camping sites, chalets and other basic amenities.
To enjoy the natural vegetation and the laidback kampong atmosphere, you should try leisure walking or cycling. Bicycles can be rented at the village. The trails have been upgraded to facilitate trekking and basic amenities like toilets and shelters are available for the convenience of visitors.

Much of its natural environment will be preserved in the development programme and visitors can still experience the rustic village atmosphere encompassing granite quarries, coconut and rubber plantations, mangrove swamps, fish and prawn farms, and traditional fishing "kelongs".

Located at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin is a natural beach called Chek Jawa, on which marine life such as the horseshoe crab and sand dollar, a disc-shaped member of the star-fish family, live. It also houses sea-grass meadows that habour carpet and peacock anemones, as well as coral rubble that is home to sponges of various hues. Visits to Chek Jawa are on a first-come-first-served basis and only when there are low tides. To book, call the National Parks Board at Tel: (65) 6542 4108.

Getting There: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah Station (EW4), then take SBS bus 2 or 29 to Changi Village bus interchange, followed by a 10-minute boat ride from the Changi Point jetty. Cost of the boat ride is SGD 2 and the service operates from 6am to 11pm.

Lazarus & Sisters Island
These tiny southern islands offer quiet respite from the big city with their laid-back ambience, sandy beaches and inviting waters. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are recommended.
The waters off Lazarus and Sisters Islands are good for scuba diving although the currents are quite strong. They are recommended only for experienced divers.

Getting There: Water taxis are available for hire at approximately SGD 50 per hour from Clifford Pier and Jardine Steps (World Trade Centre).



Merlion and Merlion Park
The Merlion was designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964. The designer was Mr Fraser Brunner, a member of the souvenir committee and a curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium.
The Merlion has a lion head and a fish body resting on a crest of waves. The lion head symbolises the legend of the rediscovery of Singapura, as recorded in the "Malay Annals". In ancient times, Singapore was known as Temasek, a Javanese word for sea. In the 11th century A.D, Prince Sang Nila Utama of the Sri Vijaya Empire rediscovered the island. When the Prince first landed on Singapore's shores, he sighted a mystical beast which he later learnt was a lion. The Prince then decided to name the island "Singapura" which in Sanskrit means Lion (Singa) City (Pura). The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek and represents Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village.

The Merlion statue, measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, was built by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr Lim Nang Seng. It is made of cement fondue. A smaller Merlion statue, measuring two metres high and weighing three tonnes was also built by Mr Lim. The body is made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups.

Its First home

The Merlion and the Cub were originally located by the Esplanade Bridge, just 120 metres from their present location. Also called the Merlion Park, the area soon became a popular tourist attraction and took its place among the famous landmarks of great cities of the world. Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the then Prime Minister of Singapore, officiated the installation ceremony of the Merlion on 15 September 1972. A bronze plaque commemorated the auspicious occasion with the inscription, "The Merlion has been erected as a symbol to welcome all visitors to Singapore".

Today, the Merlion attracts more than one million visitors a year who make the trip to the Merlion Park to photograph this world famous icon.

Parliarnent House and the Elephant Statue
Designed and built by George Coleman as a colonial mansion in 1827, this is Singapore's oldest government building. It was the former home of Singapore's democratically-elected Parliament. Visitors to the stately building are greeted by a bronze elephant statue, a gift from King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1871.
Singapore's Parliament has shifted to new premises at 1 Parliament Place, just a short walk away.

Location: Empress Place
Getting There: Take the MRT to Raffles Place Station (EW14/NS26) and walk across Cavenagh Bridge.

Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles
The statue of Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, cast in dark bronze by Thomas Woolner stands in front of Victoria Theatre. Its replica, made of pure white polymarble stands at North Boat Quay, at an area colloquially known as Raffles Landing Site, as this is the spot where Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore.
Location: North Boat Quay

Getting There: Take the MRT to Raffles Place MRT Station (EW14/NS26) and walk across Cavenagh Bridge.

Supreme Court and City Hall
Built in 1939, this stately building with its Corinthian columns, spacious interiors which feature murals by Italian artist, Cavalieri Rodolfo Nolli, and classic design, make the Supreme Court building one of the finest buildings ever built during the British Rule of Singapore.

Beside the Supreme Court is City Hall, Which was built in 1929 and was the site of the Japanese surrender to Lord Mountbatten in 1945 during World War II.

Visitors are welcome to attend all open court hearings unless otherwise ordered and to tour the premises. However, visitors are requested to be appropriately attired (no shorts, singlets or slippers). Photographic and video equipment are not allowed on the premises and other electronic equipment such as handphones and pagers must be turned off or switched to silent mode.

There are permanent exhibits on the history of the Courts on the ground floor of the Supreme Court Building, a multi-media gallery with corporate video screenings as well as interactive electronic information kiosks. Don't forget to pick up a copy of the "Guide to Supreme Court, Singapore".

Open: 8.30am - 5pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am - 1pm (Sat)
Admission: Free
Location: St Andrew's Road
Getting There: Take the MRT to City Hall Station (EW13/NS25) and walk along St Andrew's Road towards the Padang.

Kranji War Memorial
Kranji War Memorial honours the men from Britain, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Malaya, the Netherlands and New Zealand who gave their lives for freedom in World War II.
Marked graves of 4,000 servicemen who died during the Japanese Occupation stand in neat rows on manicured lawns. Another 24,000 names of soldiers and airforce men who died but whose bodies were never recovered are inscribed on 12 columns.

Kranji War Cemetery began as a hospital burial ground during the Japanese Occupation and became a military cemetery after the war. Bodies of servicemen buried in other parts of Singapore were exhumed and reburied here. The area is also the burial ground of Singapore's first two presidents.

Open: 7am - 6pm (daily)
Location: 9 Woodlands Road
Getting There: Take SBS bus 170 from Rochor Road or take the MRT to Kranji Station (NS7) and it is a 5-minute walk away.

Civilian War Memorial
Also known as the "chopsticks", this structure was built to honour the civilians killed during the Japanese Occupation. The four white pillars measure 10 metres in height and symbolise the Chinese, Eurasians, Indians and Malays who died in the war. A memorial service is held at this site on 15 February every year to commemorate the Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942.
Location: Memorial Park, Beach Road

Getting There: A short walk from City Hall MRT Station (EW13/NS25).

Arab Street
Arabs were among the first to arrive in Singapore to trade, bringing with them the Islamic religion and converting many indigenous Malays to their belief. Today the old section of the city around Arab Street provides an intriguing glimpse into the Muslim way of life.

The Sultan Mosque dominates the area, a fantastic building with its impressive gold dome and vast prayer hall. Arab Street itself is a riot of colourful textiles from all over Asia at very low prices. Also on sale, overflowing from the shop houses onto the pavement, are saris and batik, basketry, leather goods, cane and rattan, jewellery and hand-beaten brass, perfumes and a host of other treasures. Allow two hours.

Getting there: Take the MRT to Bugis (E1) and walk. Chinatown Here amidst narrow streets of picturesque shophouses and restaurants brimming with life, the temple idol carvers, herbalists, calligraphers, traders and trishaw drivers pursue a way of life that has changed little for generations. Incense stream from the old temples, the elderly spread their wares out on the pavement for sale and sea cucumbers, regarded as a delicacy, dry in the sun.

Much of Chinatown has recently been renovated, but the old traditions endure. A walk around the streets of Tanjong Pagar reveals local craftsmen at work making clogs, kites and traditional seals for stamping documents. During Chinese New Year, the whole of Chinatown is lit up and buzzes with activity as stalls sell a variety of festive goods. Allow two hours.

Getting there: Take the MRT to Outram Station (W2).

Little India
Little India, centred around Serangoon Road, embodies the vibrant and colourful culture of the Indian community in Singapore. Women in graceful saris and turbaned Sikhs go about their daily business in the Zhujiao Centre, where a bewildering selection of food is on sale. Small shops abound, selling bolts of glittering silks, temple garlands, gold jewellery and spices that are ground in front of you. The Hindu religion plays an important part in the life of Little India, and the Sri Veerama Kaliaman and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temples in the area are well worth visiting. Allow two hours to browse.

Getting there: Take SBS buses 64, 65, 106 or 111 from Orchard Road.

Here amidst narrow streets of picturesque shophouses and restaurants brimming with life, the temple idol carvers, herbalists, calligraphers, traders and trishaw drivers pursue a way of life that has changed little for generations. Incense stream from the old temples, the elderly spread their wares out on the pavement for sale and sea cucumbers, regarded as a delicacy, dry in the sun. Much of Chinatown has recently been renovated, but the old traditions endure. A walk around the streets of Tanjong Pagar reveals local craftsmen at work making clogs, kites and traditional seals for stamping documents.

During Chinese New Year, the whole of Chinatown is lit up and buzzes with activity as stalls sell a variety of festive goods. Allow two hours.
Getting there: Take the MRT to Outram Station.





Singapore History Museum
The Singapore History Museum, originally opened in 1887, is an architectural gem with each of its two levels reflecting a different order of Greek classical architecture. Of particular note are the three-dimensional reconstructions of historical scenes and events tracing Singapore's development from a sleepy fishing village to the present day metropolis. Another exhibit shows the world of a wealthy Straits Chinese family at the turn of the century, complete with elaborate Peranakan furnishings and finery. The Children's Discovery Gallery is another compelling attraction, with interactive exhibits designed to explain Singapore's cultural heritage, visual and per forming arts.

In addition to the Singapore History Museum, Singapore offers a number of museums with specific themes.

Opening hours : 9.30am to 6.00pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Friday : 9.30am to 9.00pm, no admission charges after 6.00pm

Changi Prison Chapel and Museum
The Changi Museum was relocated to its new home on 15 February 2001. It replaces the former Changi Prison Chapel and Museum (built in 1988) that had to make way for the expansion of the Changi Prison.
In honouring the spirit and commitment of those who rose from the depths of adversity, the Museum inspires future generations to come and deepen their appreciation of the heroic and inspirational stories that took place in Changi. The Changi Museum is dedicated to all those who lived and died in Singapore, in particular the Changi area, during the dark years of World War II.

Through documentation of significant events of the Japanese Occupation, the Museum functions as an important educational institution and resource centre. As for the Prisoners-of-War (POWs) and their families, it is a site that allows closure of the many emotional scars of the war years.

The Changi Chapel, housed within the open-air courtyard of the new museum, is a representative replica of the many chapels that were built during World War II. Today, it stands as a monument for those who would not buckle under Japanese rule, and who kept their faith and dignity in the face of seemingly hopeless odds.

Letters, photographs, drawings and personal effects in the museum tell a horrific story of over three years of war and imprisonment for more than 50,000 civilians and soldiers in Changi. From the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 till the Japanese surrender in September 1945, life was a daily struggle against humiliation, loss of freedom, hunger and disease. Yet it was here, where conditions were at their worst, that we hear of stories that were heroic, touching, and most of all, inspirational. The highlight within is a series of magnificent wall paintings called The Changi Murals, painstakingly recreated from the originals painted by Bombardier Stanley Warren. Visitors are also able to view screenings of videos such as 'Changi Through The Eyes of Haxworth' and 'Elizabeth Choy'. Tucked in a quiet corner of the museum is 'The Changi University', a research area that houses a collection of rare books and literature depicting life during the war years.

Next to the museum is 'The Bark Cafe', an open-air restaurant where one can relax, unwind and enjoy fine dining with family and friends. The restaurant offers a range of food based on cosmopolitan cuisine; ala carte menus and a good range of beverages are available.

There are Sunday services conducted by various church groups at the Changi Chapel every Sunday at 9.30am and 5.30pm. Visitors are welcome to join these services.

Open:9.30am to 4.30pm (daily unless otherwise advised)
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
Tel: (65) 6214 2451 Fax: (65) 6214 1179

Getting there: Take SBS bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT station (EW4). Alight at the bus stop right in front of Changi Chapel and Museum (after Changi Women's Prison/Drug Rehabilitation Centre).

(Visitors wishing to view the Changi Murals at nearby Changi Camp have to write in to the Public Affairs Department, MINDEF at fax: (65) 6764 6119 for approval.)

Singapore Mint Coin Gallery
An impressive collection of coins, medals and medallions from all over the world is found at the Singapore Mint's exhibition gallery. Visitors can mint their own souvenir coins at the gallery's coin press.
Open: 9am - 4.30pm (Mon to Fri)

Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 20 Teban Gardens Crescent Singapore 608928
Tel: (65) 6566 2626 Fax: (65) 6565 2626 / 6567 2626

Getting There: Take the MRT to Boon Lay Station (EW27), then take SBS bus 154 to Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim and walk in by Teban Gardens Crescent.

Singapore Air Force Museum
The Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum traces the development of the Republic of Singapore Air Force from its early days as the Royal Air Force in 1927 to the present. The museum resides on 10,600 m2 of land, with a total built-up area of 4,600 m2. The exhibition area comprises an outdoor gallery and the History of Aviation gallery on the first level. On the second level are eight indoor galleries. The museum showcases colonial cap badges, Bloodhound missiles and artefacts, including planes such as the Hunter Hawker, the SF260 Marchetti and the A4-S Skyhawk.

Open: 8.30 am to 5 pm (Tue - Sun except public holidays)
Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 400 Airport Road, Paya Lebar Airbase, Singapore 534234
Tel: (65) 6461 8507 Fax: (65) 6461 8505

Getting There: Take SBS bus 94 (except on Sundays and public holidays) from Eunos MRT station (EW7) or SBS bus 90 from Toa Payoh bus interchange.

Royal Selangor Pewter Museum
Pewter, an alloy combining tin, copper and antimony, is a specialty of Southeast Asia. The Pewter Museum showcases a private collection of 75 items ranging from tobacco boxes, oil lamps, intricate Chinese lanterns with lotus motifs to pewter making tools as old as 100 years or more. The museum also features daily demonstrations of traditional pewter processes.
Open: 8:30am - 5:30pm (daily)

Admission: Free
Approximate Touring Time: 30 minutes
Location: 32 Pandan Road Singapore 609279
Tel: (65) 6268 9600 Fax: (65) 6268 6300

Getting There: Take the MRT to Clementi Station (EW23), then take a taxi or SBS bus 78.



Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
The oldest Catholic church in Singapore, the Cathedral is also the revered home of the present Archbishop. But when the church's foundation stone was initially laid in 1843, little did people know that it would be the centre of an architectural design showdown between colonial architect-greats, D.L. Sweeney and J.T. Thomson. Thomson's design was eventually chosen even though it was considered more expensive than Sweeney's. Charles Dyce, a third architect, added the tower and spire to the design a year later. The Cathedral was gazetted as a national monument on 28 June 1973.
Location: Queen Street Singapore 188533
Tel: (65) 6337 2036

Getting There: Take the MRT to City Hall MRT Station (EW13/NS25) and walk along Bras Basah Road.

St Andrew's Cathedral
This is the second building to be erected on this site. The original was built by G.D. Coleman and consecrated in 1838. However, the Church was demolished in 1852 following two lightning strikes. The present Cathedral was designed by Colonel Ronald MacPherson in 1856. The Visitors Centre at the South Transept has a showcase of artifacts, pictures and a video of the Cathedral's history. Guided tours around the premises are also available.
Location: Coleman Street Singapore 179802
Tel: (65) 6337 6104

Getting There: Take the MRT to City Hall MRT Station (EW13/NS25) and then exit in the direction of St Andrew's Cathedral. The cathedral is directly above the station

St Joseph's Church
Singapore's Catholic community commemorates the crucifixion of Christ every Good Friday with a procession through the grounds of this church. In 1825, Father Francisco da Silva e Maia founded the Portuguese Mission on the site where St. Joseph's Church now stands. This was the first place of Catholic worship in Singapore. The old church building was demolished in 1906 and the new church, which still stands today, was opened in 1912. This architectural marvel is structured in the form of a Latin cross and boasts beautifully crafted stained glass windows. St Joseph's Church was gazetted as a conservation building in 1993.
Location: 143 Victoria Street Singapore 188020
Tel: (65) 6338 3167

Getting There: A short walk from Bugis MRT Station (EW12) or take SBS bus 7, 81, 130, 133, 145, 197.

Singapore's many mosques are easily recognisable by their distinctive minarets and domes. Visitors should leave their footwear at the door, women must not be dressed in shorts or revealing dresses and only men are allowed into the main prayer hall.

Abdul Gaffoor Mosque
Tucked away from the bustle of Little India, this mosque was completed in 1910 to replace a more modest building. Of particular interest is the framed family tree to the left of the prayer area which traces the lineage of Muslim prophets.
Location: 41 Dunlop Street Singapore 209369
Tel: (65) 6295 4209

Getting There: Take the MRT to Bugis Station (EW12) and head for Rochor Road/Jalan Besar.

Hajjah Fatimah Mosque
Built in 1846, the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque is named after a Malacca-born Malay who married a wealthy Bugis Sultan. Although it exhibits a combination of architectural influences, it has a decidedly British flavour.
Location: 4001 Beach Road Singapore 199584

Getting There: Take the MRT to Lavender Station (EW11) and walk toward Beach Road.

Sultan Mosque
With its massive golden dome and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore's most imposing religious buildings, and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore. The mosque, designed by Denis Santry, was built in 1928.
Location: 3 Muscat Street Singapore 198833
Tel: (65) 6293 4405

Getting There: Take the MRT to Bugis MRT Station (EW12) then take the exit in the direction of Blanco Court and walk towards North Bridge Road. A useful landmark is the Golden Landmark Hotel.


Maghain Aboth Synagogue
Singapore's small Jewish community congregates regularly at the Maghain Aboth Synagogue, which conducts regular services and observances of Jewish festivals.
Location: 24 Waterloo Street Singapore 187950
Tel: (65) 6337 2189
Fax: (65) 6336 2127

Getting There: A short walk from Bugis MRT Station (EW12).

Temples are the places of worship for a variety of religions m Singapore Hindu, Buddhist, Shentoist and Taoist. Many have survived intact for well over 100 years, and most celebrate colourful festivals at different times of the year.

Central Sikh Temple
The Central Sikh Temple was built to commemorate the 518th anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru. The chief place of worship for Singapore's 15,000 Sikhs, the temple boasts a skillful blend of modern and traditional architecture. The Granth Sahib, or holy book, is enshrined in a magnificent prayer hall which has a 13-metre wide dome.
This temple was awarded the SIA Architectural Design Award in 1986.
Location: 2 Towner Road Singapore 913236
Tel: (65) 6299 3855 Fax: (65) 6296 1921

Getting There: Take a taxi from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24) towards the junction of Towner Road and Serangoon Road.

Sri Thandayuthapani Temple
Built in 1859 and rebuilt in 1983, the unique feature of this Southern Indian temple is the roof with 48 engraved glass panels which are angled to catch the rising and setting sun. The temple traditionally sees the culmination of the Thaipusam procession as well as the Navarathiri Festival.
Location: 15 Tank Road Singapore 238065
Tel: (65) 6737 9393 Fax: (65) 6735 0804

Getting There: A short walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24) towards Penang Road/Clemenceau Avenue.

Fuk Tak Ch'i Temple
This Shentoist temple, one of the oldest surviving buildings in Singapore, was rebuilt in 1825 and is also called the Temple of Prosperity and Virtue. Shentoism combines Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, and deals particularly with communication with spirits through mediums. Inside the temple, in Telok Ayer Street, is an effigy of the God of Wealth. Nearby is a horse statue with its legs bound. In bygone days, Hakka women would tie the legs of horses at the temple to ensure the safe return of their menfolk when they had ridden off in search of work.
Getting there: Take the MRT to Raffles Place (C1).

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple
Spread over a hillside, this recently built complex of Buddhist temples at 88 Bright Hill Drive, is one of the largest worshipping places in Singapore. The buildings feature fine examples of Chinese decorations, statues and shrines. A large turtle pool, peaceful gardens and the constant hum of prayer add to the air of tranquillity.
Getting there: Take a taxi from Bishan MRT (N8).

Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple
A national monument, this Buddhist temple was completed in 1908 and commemorates Buddha's birth and death. The temple has an elaborately decorated gateway, reached by a bridge, which opens into a courtyard. Visitors can see beautifully carved Buddhas here.
Location: 184E Jalan Toa Payoh Singapore 319941
Tel: (65) 6259 6924 Fax: (65) 6353 8147

Getting There: A short walk from Toa Payoh MRT Station (NS19).

Sri Mariamman Temple
This magnificent structure is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple, dating back to 1827. The brick bones of the present building were built around 1843. Later additions have included a profusion of deities carved all over its walls, bell-decked doors and frescoes on the ceilings.
The firewalking festival, Thimithi, is celebrated here. This is also a preferred venue of most Hindu weddings.

About Hindu Temples
As you enter the gates of the temple, look up at the gopuram or the tower over the entrance of the temple. Covered with figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses and mythological beasts, this tower is visible from afar so devotees can even say their prayers without stepping inside the temple. Notice strings of fresh mango and coconut leaves hanging above temple doors - they are signs of welcome and purity. Do remember to remove your shoes and leave them outside.

At the door, devotees ask God to grant their requests by ringing the bells before entering. They also purify themselves by washing their hands and feet, and sprinkling water on their heads. Near the door, look out for the aluminium enclosure into which devotees break coconuts as a symbol of breaking their egos to reveal their pure and kind inner-selves.

Within the temple compound, remember to walk in a clock-wise direction and only encircle the temple hall an odd number of times as a sign of good luck. Look out for the offerings of bananas (symbol of abundance), mangoes and even sari for the goddesses at the shrine.

Notice the use of the lotus, a symbol of human life to the Hindus, as a decorative motif. As the lotus bud stretches towards the sun despite its roots being embedded in mud; likewise man strives for the spiritual despite being rooted deeply in nature.

Location: 244 South Bridge Road Singapore 058793
Tel: (65) 6223 4064

Getting There: Take the MRT to City Hall Station (EW13/NS25), then take SBS bus 103, 166 or 197 or TIBS bus 61 from North Bridge Road.

Tan Si Chong Su Temple
This ancestral Hokkien temple, which is also a community centre for the Tan clan in Singapore, is said to have excellent "feng shui" (luck or blessings). The decorations of the temple, built in 1876, are very well preserved, particularly the altars with their ancestral tablets. Much of the material used to build this riverside temple arrived in Singapore as ballast.
Location: 15, Magazine Road Singapore 059568

Getting There: Take a taxi from Raffles Place MRT Station (EW14/NS26) or Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station (NS24).

Thian Hock Keng Temple
This Taoist temple, built in 1821 by seamen grateful for a safe passage, stands where Singapore's waterfront used to be before reclamation. The materials used to construct the temple are truly international, with ironwork from Scotland, tiles from England and Delft, and towering granite pillars entwined with dragons. Many ancestral tablets stand in the courtyard, and massive lions mount guards at the doors.
Location: 158 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 048613
Tel: (65) 6423 4616 Fax: (65) 6423 4626

Getting There: A short walk from Raffles Place (EW14/NS26) or Tanjong Pagar (EW15) MRT Station.



Changi Village
Off the beaten track, Changi Village shows a more relaxed side of Singapore. The local beach has clean sand that attracts fishermen and bathers alike, especially on weekends. In the village itself, there are plenty of bargains to be found - T-shirts, electronic equipment, carpets, Indian cotton clothing, shoes, batik dresses, kimonos and all types of table linen. When hunger strikes, head for the food centre or try one of the restaurants along the main street. Relax in the shade of an umbrella, order some fresh seafood and watch the world go by.
The Changi Chapel & Museum which is within the vicinity, is well worth a visit.

Getting There: Take the MRT to Tanah Merah Station (EW4) and board SBS bus 2.

Neighbouring Katong is a quiet residential area formerly dominated by wealthy Straits Chinese families or the Peranakans. Many of the older Peranakan homes, now standing back from the sea, were once seaside villas. Parkway Parade is the place to find shopping bargains, but Katong is best known for its wonderful eating houses specialising in Peranakan cuisine. For Chinese seafood, the shophouses along East Coast Road offer a tasty treat.
Getting There: Take SBS bus 14 or 16 from Orchard Road.

Holland Village
This small area of Singapore still has the feel of a village about it, with its own wet market and shophouses selling everything from straw brooms to valuable antiques. Holland Village is a microcosm of Singapore life, a curious mix between old and new - old coffee shops and hawker stalls jostle for space with ritzy new wine bars and restaurants. The Holland Road Shopping Centre is alive with interesting shops, including some selling Asian arts, crafts and antiques. Electronic goods and factory outlet clothing are other good buys. During weekends, much of Singapore seem to congregate at Holland Village to shop, chat and have a meal.
Getting There: Take SBS bus 7 or 106 from Orchard Boulevard.

Yishun is a satellite suburb in the north of the island. Step straight off the MRT into the six-level Northpoint Centre, a modern shopping mall complete with all the brand names to be found along Orchard Road. Right next to Northpoint is a high quality 8-cinema multiplex. And on the other side is a row of shophouses selling food and bargain goods. Getting There: Take the MRT to Yishun Station (NS13).

Toa Payoh
As one of Singapore's first housing estates, Toa Payoh has developed a distinct character through the years. The area bustles with activity and is a great place to soak into the local lifestyle. It boasts Singapore's only air-conditioned bus interchange and visitors will be spoilt for choices at range of merchandise, food and entertainment option available. Here you can pick up garments at attractively low prices - T-shirts and shorts at SGD 10 for three items or children's clothes for as little as SGD 2. Toa Payoh town centre has its own cinemas, hawker centres, coffee shops, a library and a nearby park.
Getting There: Take the MRT to Toa Payoh Station (NS19).

This small area of Singapore still has the feel of a village about it, with its own wet market and shophouses selling everything from straw brooms to valuable antiques. Holland Village is a microcosm of Singapore life, a curious mix between old and new - old coffee shops and hawker stalls jostle for space with ritzy new wine bars and restaurants. The Holland Road Shopping Centre is alive with interesting shops, including some selling Asian arts, crafts and antiques. Electronic goods and factory outlet clothing are other good buys. During weekends, much of Singapore seem to congregate at Holland Village to shop, chat and have a meal.
Getting There: Take SBS bus 7 or 106 from Orchard Boulevard.



Boat Quay/Singapore River/Clarke Quay
Once traders' bumboats jostled for space in the Singapore River to offload their cargoes. Now all but a few of the bumboats have gone, but new life has been breathed into the old shophouses and godowns along the river banks. Boat Quay and Clarke Quay have been completely renovated and the Singapore River transformed into the city's newest leisure and entertainment centre. More than 35 bars and restaurants have opened in Boat Quay featuring al fresco dining along
the riverbank.
Allow three hours.

Just up-river stands Clarke Quay, where shoppers can enjoy the festival atmosphere while hunting for bargains in 176 airconditioned godowns and shophouses. Clarke Quay has its own seafood, fruit and vegetable market, as well as 40 push-carts selling unique knick-knacks such as pottery, jewellery and woodcraft. Bars, discos, restaurants and a Disneystyle Adventure Ride also pull in the crowds.
Getting there: Boat Quay is a short walk from Raffles Place MRT (C1). Clarke Quay can be reached by bumboat from Boat Quay.

Guinness World of Records
Exhibition Facts and feats from the Guinness Book of Records are on display in the first exhibition of its kind in Southeast Asia. Using three-dimensional lifesize replicas and audio-visual presentations, spectacular human endeavours are re-lived. Sports records can be accessed through a computerised Sports Data Bank. Records which have been claimed in Singapore are in a special Singapore and Asia showcase. Allow an hour.

Opening hours: 1O.OOam to 7.00pm daily.
Location: 1 Maritime Square #02-70, World Trade Centre Singapore 0409 Tel: 2718344.
Getting there: Take the MRT to Tanjong Pagar (W1), then take a taxi or SBS bus 10, 30, 97 or 100.

Ming Village
The art of porcelain-making reached its pinnacle during the Ming and Qing dynasties of ancient China. The Ming Village allows visitors to own a little bit of this colourful history. It makes excellent reproductions of the finest pieces of that era using age-old techniques. Here, the complete traditional process from mould-making and handthrowing to glazing, hand-painting and firing is all housed under one roof. Visitors can watch the craftsmen at work and choose from an extensive selection of porcelain on sale.
Pewter-making classes and porcelain-painting classes are also available. These classes are suitable for adults and children aged 12 years or more. Bookings need to be made at least 3 days in advance. Call Ming Village for details.

Open: 9am - 5.30pm (daily)
Admission: Free including guided tour
Approximate Touring Time: 1 hour
Location: 32 Pandan Road Singapore 609279
Tel: (65) 6265 7711 Fax: (65) 6266 2465

Getting There: Take the MRT to Clementi Station (EW23), then take a taxi or SBS bus 78. Alternatively, it takes 20 minutes by taxi from Orchard Road.

Singapore Science Centre
The world-acclaimed Singapore Science Centre has one of the country's largest collections of educational exhibits devoted to science. It houses more than 850 interactive exhibits, depicting the wonder and beauty of science.
After a SGD 38 million revamp exercise, new facilities have been developed at the Science Centre. These include a new main entrance, a fully covered linkway joining the Science Centre and the Omni -Theatre, a Kinetic Garden, and an Annex Building.

Blending the sciences with the art, the Kinetic Garden is Asia's first outdoor interactive garden of science. It comprises 35 interactive sculptures, exhibits and displays set within a pleasant garden environment. Water features in the form of waterfalls, ponds, fountains and water misters provide the entire Garden with a cooling environment for you to enjoy the exhibits.

Apart from the main exhibition galleries, the Omni-Theatre is also one of the central attractions of the Centre. The 5-storey high and 23 metre diameter hemispheric giant screen and sophisticated sound systems promise audiences a thrilling cinematic experience.

The Omni-Theatre also houses an 18-seat Virtual Voyages Simulation Theatre which allows viewers to experience science phenomena visually and physically by means of a 15-minute adventure story.

Please contact the centre directly for the different screening times for movies and rides.

Open: Science Centre (10am to 6 pm);
Omni-Theatre (10am to 9pm).
Closed on Mon except public holidays.and school holidays
Admission: SGD 6 adult, SGD 3 children (below 16 years old)
Omnimax Movies: SGD 10 adult, SGD 5 children (aged 3 to 12 years)
Virtual Rides: SGD 6 adult, SGD 4 childen (aged 3 to 12 years)
Show Times: Please call the hotline (65) 6425 2500 for more information.
Approximate Touring Time: 2 hours
Location: 15 Science Centre Road Singapore 609081
Tel: (65) 6425 2500 Fax: (65) 6565 9533

Getting There: Take the MRT to Jurong East Station (EW24/NS1) then take SBS bus 335 or 66.

NTUC Lifestyle World - Downtown East
Food, Drinks, Shopping and Entertainment, All Under One Roof

Food enthusiasts, shopaholics, and fun seekers now have a new place to hang out. Offering a comprehensive mix of more than 40 food & beverage, entertainment and specialty retail outlets, Downtown East's Food & Entertainment Zone promises to enchant both young and old.

Located within NTUC Lifestyle World - Downtown East, Escape Theme Park is one of Singapore's newest theme park that is catered to all ages. It promises thrills and excitement, with the highest water ride in Asia - the Flume Ride and the 360-degree Cadbury Inverter.

For food lovers, there is an international spread of culinary delights ranging from Seafood, Thai, Indian, Malay, Japanese, Western to Italian restaurants. The outlets include popular fast food, fancy restaurants, bubble tea joints and snack outlets.

For the shopaholics, there are more than 15 different shopping and entertainment outlets here, Downtown East is a mini lifestyle arcade where shoppers can find almost anything under the sun. The shops with their array of products and services cater to the needs of casual shoppers as well as resort guests.

Open: 4pm to 10pm (Mon, Wed-Fri);
10am to 10pm (Sat, Sun, gazetted public holidays and school holidays)

Admission: Free (Except Escape Theme Park)
Escape Theme Park - SGD 16.50 adults, SGD 8.30 children (age 3 to 12 years),
(Unlimited rides)

Location: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599

Tel: (65) 6581 9112 / 113

Fax: (65) 6582 5875

Getting there: Take the MRT to Pasir Ris Station (EW1) and take SBS Bus 354 from the bus interchange or walk for 5 minutes to reach NTUC Lifestyle World.

Snow City
Snow City, Singapore's first indoor snow centre, filled with 150 tonnes of snow on our slope and snow play area, uses an entertaining yet educational approach to introduce sub zero climate to our visitors. The snow chamber is maintained at minus five degrees Celsius, Provides winter activities like snowtubing, skiing and snowboarding for the visitors.Visitors can also explore the igloo and have snow ball fights at the snow play area.

Open: 9am - 8.30pm
Tuesdays to Sundays and School & Public Holidays.
Closed on Mondays, except School & Public Holidays
Admission: SGD 12 (adult and child)
Approximate Touring Time: 2 - 3 hours
Location: 321 Jurong Town Hall Road Snow City Building Singapore 609433
Tel: (65) 6337 1511 Fax: (65) 6338 1500

Getting There: Take the MRT to Jurong East station (EW24/NS1) and walk towards Jurong Town Hall Road. It is located next to the Singapore Science Centre. Bus Services : 335,198,178,66


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