Picturesque: Singapore


Boat Quay
At Boat Quay you will find everything from shops, office buildings, restaurants to godowns. There will never be a dearth of eating-places to find in Boat Quay, with most restaurants pandering to the tastes of both the local business community and international tourists.

Carlsberg Sky Tower
The Carlsberg Sky Tower lies adjoining the cable car station on Sentosa. Asia's tallest freestanding tower, it gives you a breathtaking and panoramic view of Singapore, sentosa and the southern islands.
The tower rises to a height of 110 meters and can give views up to 131 meters above sea level.

Chijmes
A former girls convent and church, this edifice will take us back in period to the 1890s. The Gothic chapel has fascinating glass paintings wall murals and plasterwork.
Chijmes is also one of Singapore's leading shopping and dining destination. All kinds of gift items, antiques and souvenirs are available at the specialty retail shops. Restaurants specializing in cuisine as diverse as Chinese, Turkish, Italian, continental South American, Vietnamese and Japanese are all found here. Its chain of wine bars, pubs and discos are great places into the wee hours.

Clarke Quay
To the north of Boat Quay lies the Clarke Quay which was named after Sir Andrew Clarke once of governor of Straits Settlement. It has many godowns built by Chinese and European traders and its main attractions are its floating restaurants, which provide a pleasant ambience for fine dining.

Suntec City
It is a hot shopping spot for most visitors and the locals. An array of retail shops, restaurants and offices are located in the Suntech City. Good of all types such as clothes, CDs, VCDs, DVDs, electrical goods, cosmetics, can be found here.

There is a great Fountain of Wealth located at the basement of the Suntec City, which is supposed to bring in good luck.

Merlion
The Merlion is one of the most famous tourist icons of Singapore. It is a white statue, having the head of a lion and body of a mermaid with a spray of water coming out of its mouth. The Merlion was designed by Fraser Brunner for the Singapore Tourism Board in 1964 and was used as its logo up to 1997.

The lion head and fish body of the creature recalls the story of the legendary and mythological King Sang Nila Utama, who, it is believed, encountered a lion while hunting on an island, en route to Malacca. But much uncertainity surrounds this account, as the lion is not indigenous to Singapore.

There are five official Merlions approved by the Singapore Tourism Board. The original Merlion stands at the opening of the Singapore River, while a taller replica stands on Sentosa Island. Other three replicas are located at Merlion Park, Mount Faber and the Tourism Court at Orchard Spring Lane.


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