Welcome to Singapore, the Lion City!
Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. It is commonly nicknamed the Lion City or the Garden City.
I’ve lived in Singapore for 9 years, and already the city scape has changed tremendously. It’s often thought that because Singapore is a small island that there isn’t much to see… but this is definitely not the case!
Based on my experiences, these are my top recommendations for sights when visiting Singapore:
- Gardens By The Bay & Marina Barrage
Linked by a beautiful walkway, the coupled attraction is the latest addition to the Singapore skyline.
I recommend starting at the Marina Barrage, one of 15 reservoirs in Singapore. Walk up to the top of the barrage for an amazing view of the east side of Singapore, then trek down towards the Gardens By The Bay to see the Supertree light up at dusk. This is a sight not to be missed!
- Singapore Zoo
Voted on TripAdvisor as 2015’s top three best zoo’s in the world, the Singapore Zoo is a must if you like animals. Don’t miss the river safari and the night safari, too!
- Botanic Gardens
Recently awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Botanic Gardens features 82 hectares of garden space with more than 10,000 species of flora. With stunning ponds, sculptures and an amphitheatre, it is a beautiful spot for a stroll or even a picnic! Visiting is free, with the exception of the orchid garden.
The Merlion is an icon unique to Singapore; it is a statue of a lion’s head with the body of a fish. When visiting the statue, enjoy gorgeous views of the Marina Bay Sands and the unforgettable Singapore skyline.
Singapore has many museums with beautiful colonial architectures, and they are all within walking distance of each other.
- The National Museum housed in a colonial building, this museum offers patrons an insiders ‘window to Singapore.’ It is also the oldest museum in Singapore.
- The Peranakan Museum showcases the Malay and Chinese heritage through beautiful tableware and fabrics, a cultural cornerstone that is very unique to Singapore and Malaysia. The museum pays tribute to Singapore traditions through a variety of exhibitions that feature clothing, culture and cuisine.
- The National Gallery: this sight is the newest addition, housed in the old Supreme Court building. It includes truly stunning architecture worth seeing.
Although these are my favorite attractions and sights, there are many more to see! Share your favorites with us @HiltonSuggests, or if you are planning a visit soon, tweet us for more recommendations.