Landmarks in Singapore

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All the best Landmarks in Singapore

Memorials, Structures, Monuments

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.

Memorials

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

National Monuments

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.

4) National Museum of Singapore

5) Sri Mariamman Temple: Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple in Chinatown, between Temple and Pagoda streets

6) Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre

7) Saint James Power Station: Music and nightlife hotspot in the Harbour-front area in close proximity to Vivocity shopping mall

8) Raffles Hotel

9) The Arts House at the Old Parliament

10) Asian Civilisations Museum

Chinatown Heritage Centre

This historical place pays homage to the memories and stories of Singapore’s forefathers, who travelled from afar to settle in what is now modern day Singapore.

Location: Pagoda Street, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Singapore

Changi Chapel and Museum

The Changi Chapel and Museum is dedicated to honouring those who rose above adversity in the dark and tumultuous years of World War 2

Location: Changi Chapel Museum, Singapore

Singapore Art Museum

More affectionately known as SAM, the Singapore Art Museum aims to preserve and present the art histories and contemporary art practices of Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.

Location: Queen St, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Peranakan Museum

This is a sister museum under the Asian Civilisations Museum. The Peranakan Museum aims to explore the interesting culture of Peranakan communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Penang, together with their links throughout SE Asia.

Location: Armenian Street, Peranakan Museum, Singapore

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum is the 1st of its kind in the South-East Asian region to put on display a different view of the rich ethnic diversity and culture of Singapore.

Location: Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre

The Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre is made up of 2 buildings connected through the middle by a clock tower.

Location: Empress Place, Victoria Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

The National Museum of Singapore is by far the country’s oldest museum.

Location: Stamford Road, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

The Arts House at the Old Parliament

Singapore's newest arts and heritage venue

Location: Old Parliament Lane, The Arts House, Singapore

Merlion Park

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A unique Singaporean icon sits opposite the Esplanade, complete with a mini-park

Location: Fullerton Road, Merlion Park, Singapore

Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay

The city's premier performing.arts venue

Location: Esplanade Drive, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
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