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10 unique things to do in Singapore

There are so many fun, unique things to do in Singapore that it was hard to limit the list to ten. You could spend the entire day exploring an area like Little India or go island hopping around this tiny island country. Although not everything is available during restrictions, there are still plenty of things to experience. 

Find the seven Merlion statutes.

You may be scratching your head right now, wondering what a merlion is and why it is an essential part of Singapore. A Merilion’s body symbolises the humble beginnings of Singapore’s fishing village life (Temasek), meaning the lake in Malay. In addition, the original name of Singapore, Singapura, mean’s lion city in Malay. So together, this mythical creature has a head of a lion and the body of a fish and has become somewhat of a National Icon in Singapore.

Where can we find these statues?

  • The tallest statue is at Mount Faber.
  • The original is at Merlion Park (in front of the Fullerton hotel), with another more miniature replica nearby. 
  • The skinniest statue is at Tourism Court (outside)
  • The Pair of Merlion statues is at Ang Mo Kio opposite Bishan Park
  • Currently closed is the one at Sentosa Island; it is now under construction. 

Merlion

Get your science fix.

There are many unique museums like the Asian Civilisations Museum and beautiful galleries in Singapore (like the National Gallery). But if you are after all things science, then, in that case, there are many other options: Virtual Realms: Videogames, Transformed and the Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibitions at the Artscience Museum, Marina Bay Sands are both great ways to see how science has transformed. 

Or join the science centre where there are different exhibitions, workshops, science shows and demonstrations regularly. Or mix it up a little and visit the Omni Theatre or Snow City. 

ArtScience museum

Explore Sentosa Island

Resort World Sentosa is known as the island of fun and adventure. Can you believe that before the opening in 1992, Sentosa could only be accessed by cable car and ferry, now you can catch a bus, walk, cycle or ride on the Sentosa Express Train there. 

We all know that you can spend many hours screaming your hearts out on rollercoasters at universal studios or enjoying the heat at adventure cove waterpark. But what about other things like Sentosa Cove oSentosa Jungle Walk? Most people don’t realise that there are plenty of free things to do on Sentosa Island; you just have to do your research before going.

Sentosa island walking

Learn about Singapore’s Chinese culture

If you want to learn and experience Singapore’s Chinese culture, why not start in Chinatown food street, in the heart of Chinatown. The authentic outdoor dining is where you will find excellent street food favourites. These affordable street food delicacies will be a good start on your Singapore Chinese cultural adventure if you are okay roughing it a little.

Visit the Chinese Cultural Centre at 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore and learn a little more about the Chinese culture in Singapore. Opening hours are from 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, with the information of exhibition hours found on the website. 

Chinatown Singapore

Get your thinking caps on and visit an escape room

Have you ever visited an escape room? It is an excellent way to unique way to get people (family or friends) together for some team building! With many dotted in and around Singapore. Amazing Chambers Singapura is one of the best by far! Why? Because Amazing chambers Singapura has specially curated themes focusing on Singapore’s ancient history & culture.

The address is 73 Sultan Gate; you can book tickets online here, and if it’s your first time, then make sure you listen to the instructions carefully before entering the room; you don’t want to miss anything important.

Explore Jurong area

The Jurong bird park is a fun place to start. Although Singapore zoo is probably visited the most, Jurong Bird Park is also a great alternative. The bird park is on 20 hectares on Jurong Hill and has more than 5000 birds. 

It spreads across 20 hectares of verdant greenery on Jurong Hill and is home to more than 5,000 birds. You can book tickets online. 

Jurong lake gardens have many fun things to do; it is also the starting point for the coast to coast walk. If you think you are interested in walking the C2C, you might want to start by spending the first part of your journey exploring the park. There are loads of things to do at Jurong Lake Park for all ages. For example, you could explore Clusia Cove and Forest Ramble with the little ones, have fun in the water at PAssionWaVe or take some great photos at The Grasslands. 

Jurong Lake Park

Play tourist and visit the Skypark observation deck 

Everyone who has ever been to Singapore wants to visit Marina Bay Sands and check out the view of Marina Bay sands Skypark observation deck. Don’t they? Well, if you haven’t played tourist in your own backyard, then this is the time to do it (when there are very few people and no tourists in sight). The Marina Bay Sands Skypark has fantastic views of Singapore.

The Skypark observation deck is located on the 57th floor. You can see everything from Gardens by the Bay and Supertree Grove to the sea and surroundings around the Marina South Pier to the Singapore Strait.

Opening hours are Sunday to Tuesday: 11 am to 9 pm, Friday to Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm and Wednesday to Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm (Public Holidays: 11 am – 9 pm)

Special note: SkyPark Yoga on Saturday mornings is opened to all Sands Rewards Lifestyle Members  Join for FREE.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Take a deep dive into little India. 

There is more to Little India than devouring a great curry. There is history at The Indian heritage centre, street art hunting, shopping galore, an authentic cultural experience that will have you stepping into one of Singapore’s hidden gems.

Most tourists will have visited Little India and touched the surface, but while there aren’t many tourists to contend with at the moment. So why not do a deep dive into what Little India is all about. Explore the streets, meet the people, and enjoy a day out sampling the cuisine. 

Little India Mural

Visit the newly reopened Changi chapel.

Did you know that the Changi Chapel and Museum has reopened to the public? In addition, there are free guided tours on Saturdays worth mentioning, both in English and mandarin. The tour gives you more insight into the history of Singapore with a knowledgeable guide. 

There are some interesting exhibitions at the moment, such as “Life as Prisoners of War”. The museum is closed on Mondays but opened 9.30 am to 5.30 pm every other day. Pre-book your admission slot here for up to 7 people (please check before you go, as we all know, things change so often it is hard to keep up). 

Visit Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa has reopened after an extensive nine months upgrade to its facilities. Located in Pasir Panjang, Haw Par Villa is best known as Tiger Balm Gardens. Yes, you guessed it, built by one of the heirs of the Tiger Balm empire – Myanmar born Aw Boon Haw.

Originally built in 1937 but has a long history of restorations and renovations along the way (post-war). The park has more than 1000 statues, with many mythical creatures from Chinese folklore, decorated everywhere but in particular Hells Museum. Ten courts of Hell is still closed, but the Hells museum is due to open in late October. Haw Par Villa is opened 9.00 am to10.00pm daily.

Haw par Villa

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