Every city has its own unique buildings, monuments or architectural structures. These icons or landmarks tend to be places of interest to tourists and visitors. In Singapore, the majority of landmarks are designated due to their historical significance, be it an old government building or a World War 2 memorial. Visiting and appreciating the landmarks of a city enables you to better understand its history and milestones.
Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles: Located where Singapore’s founding father was believed to have landed back in the 19th century
War Memorial Park: In memorial of the civilian casualties of World War 2
Famous Architectural Structures
Chijmes: Renowned national heritage site, home to a variety of eateries and bars
The Istana: Ceremonial residence of the President of Singapore
Parliament House: Where present-day parliament sessions are held
Lau Pa Sat: Famous food centre within the business district
Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay: The city’s premier performing arts venue
Merlion Park: A unique Singaporean icon sits opposite the Esplanade, complete with a mini-park
The Arts House at the Old Parliament: Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue
The Helix: The world’s first curved double helix bridge
Sands Skypark: For the best views of the Singapore city centre, head down to the SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort
There are currently 63 buildings and structures that have been gazetted as national monuments. Structures chosen are deemed to have a certain artistic, historic or traditional value.
It would be too time-consuming to visit all the monuments. The following are the more noteworthy of the lot and should warrant a visit on your travels.
1) Armenian Church: Singapore’s oldest Christian church located on Hill Street
2) Istana: Official Residence and office of the President, the Istana is open to the public on five statutory public holidays a year – Lunar New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day.
3) Saint Andrew’s Cathedral: The largest cathedral in the country is located at City Hall at Stamford Road. 2006 marked the cathedral’s 150th anniversary.
5) Sri Mariamman Temple: Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple in Chinatown, between Temple and Pagoda streets
7) Saint James Power Station: Music and nightlife hotspot in the Harbour-front area in close proximity to Vivocity shopping mall