Interesting Places to See in Singapore

Singapore offers an aesthetic blend of rich heritage and vibrant present day traditions. The lush green city state is well complimented by various parks and nature reserves. With several places to see the south Asian nation is really a tourist’s paradise.

Changi Chapel and Museum: Changi Chapel and Museum brings alive the time spent in the prison by at least 50,000 soldiers and civilians through a commendable collection of letters, drawings, photographs and paintings.

Singapore Zoo: More than 3000 species of mammals, reptiles and birds call Singapore Zoo their home. This zoological marvel was inaugurated during 1973 and is well known for its open environment provided for the inmates.

Jurong Bird Park: Jurong Bird Park has been built on lines similar to the Singapore Zoo. It has at least 8 thousand birds belonging to 600 different species. The visitors to this site can be guaranteed of being able to see rare birds from South America and Africa.

Sentosa: Underwater Island: Located in Sentosa Island Underwater Island houses at least 2,500 marine creatures such as white sharks, giant stingrays, eels and dainty damsel fishes. The best aspect of this facility is that the creatures can be watched from up close.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has an unparalleled collection of trees – it is said that it has more types than the whole of North America put together. From a global perspective it is also one of two rainforests that are located within a city.

Night Safari: Night Safari is finest night zoo of the world. This facility allows visitors to watch the animals in their natural surroundings during the night. Special lighting techniques are used in order to replicate the effect of moonlight.

Following are some of the finest tourist attractions in eastern Singapore:

  • East Coast Park

  • Maylay Village

  • Singapore Crocodilarium

  • Original Singapore Walks

  • Granite Island

Tourists visiting the northern part of the city can get a glimpse of the following sites of tourist interest:

  • Bright Hill Temple

  • Republic of Singapore Navy Museum

  • Kranji War Memorial

  • Sungei Buloh Nature Park

  • Mandai Orchid Garden

  • Twin Groves of the Lotus Temple Monastery

The major tourist attractions in Orchard Road are Istana Negara Singapura, Singapore Botanical Gardens and Peranakan Place. Following are the leading tourist destinations in Western Singapore:

  • Chinese and Japanese Gardens

  • Mount Faber

  • Haw Park Villa/ Tiger Balm Gardens

  • Royal Selangor Pewter Museum

  • Jurong Reptile Park

  • Singapore Discovery Centre

  • Ming Village

  • Singapore Science Centre

  • Mint Coin Gallery

Hospitals in Singapore – options abound

Healthcare is an important part of Singapore’s economy and overall set-up and this is evident from the sheer volume and variety of hospitals in Singapore.

One of the major names in this regard is Alexandra Hospital – it is situated in south-western part of the city and is equipped with 400 beds. It occupies almost 110,000 sqaure meters. Built during the later half of 1930s the hospital was reduced to shambles during the Second World War.

Communicable Disease Center is located at Moulmein Road, Novena. It is presently a part of the Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which is situated nearby. It is basically used to tend to patients who suffer from communicable and potentially fatal ailments like SARS.

Adam Road Hospital is among the leading psychiatric hospitals of Singapore that are privately owned. The hospital has a wide range of professionals to deal with these issues – psychiatrists, counselors, clinical psychologists, family therapists, occupational psychologists, marriage therapists, psychotherapists and sex therapists.

Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital and Camden Medical Centre are regarded as some of the prominent Singaporean hospitals with private ownership. Changi General Hospital is the biggest of its kind in eastern Singapore – it was officially inaugurated on 28th March 1998 and created after the merging of Toa Payoh Hospital and Changi Hospital.

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospitals is at present the biggest of its kind in the South Asian nation when it comes to healthcare services for children and women. It started out in 1858 with 30 beds and primarily dealt in maternity services but presently has 827 beds.

The hospital has also expanded its operations to include obstetric, neonatology, gynecology and pediatric services. It also has immense significance as it is the birthplace of more than 50 percent of the national population.

National University Hospital was set up during 1985 and is the only one of its kind in the country. It operates as a clinical training set up in addition to being a tertiary hospital. It also doubles up as a dental and medical faculty for National University of Singapore.

John Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre is a part of the National Healthcare Group of Singapore. It is situated within Tan Tock Seng Hospital and was inaugurated during 2000. Outside USA it is the sole facility, which is maintained and owned by John Hopkins Medicine International.

Parkway East Hospital is situated in Telok Kurau and is fitted with 123 beds. It was inaugurated by Dr. Charles Joseph Pemberton-Paglar during the 1930s and was named Paglar Maternity and Nursing Home to start with.

Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is located to the south of Singapore city. Unlike the other atolls that make up the island country, Sentosa is a man-made theme park like island where tourists and locals gather to unwind and enjoy quality time. The island is famous for its many resorts, beaches and rainforest.

Location and topography of Sentosa

The word Sentosa means ‘peace and tranquility’ in Malay dialect. The island covers an area of 5 sq km. It lies half a kilometer away from the southern coast of Singapore.

Around 70% of the total area of the island is covered with rainforest which plays a crucial role in preserving the biodiversity of the area. A 3.2 kilometer long white sandy beach that surrounds the island is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the place.

Attractions of Sentosa Island

It only takes 12 minutes to reach Sentosa Island from Vivo city. The journey to the island is an interesting one and you will be taken there on a cable car. The island is full of recreational facilities and resorts. The many hangout places of the island have turned it into a large amusement park. Some of the major attractions of the island are as follows:

  • Resorts World
  • Universal Studio
  • Carlsberg Sky Tower
  • Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
  • Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
  • Imbiah Lookout
  • Siloso Point
  • Serapong
  • Sentosa 4D Magix
  • Megazip Adventure Park
  • Sentosa Nature Discovery
  • Fort Siloso
  • Sentosa CineBlast
  • Siloso Beach

The Merlion is a very popular landmark of the place. It is a mythological animal and also the mascot of Singapore. It has got the head of a lion and the body of a fish.