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Singapore: Art and Architecture
A Singapore visit would not be complete without a look at its wondrous landscapes and breath-taking architecture the country can offer. These establishments does not only attract tourists but also put Singapore in the global map. When in Singapore, an itinerary at some of the country’s (or the World’s) best architecture design is needed:
Marina Bay Sands. Situated in front of the famous Marina Bay, Marina Bay Sands is a resort that offers different activities for the family. Dubbed as the most expensive standalone casino property, it houses a shopping mall called The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, casino, two theatres, and a world-renowned rooftop swimming pool. What sets Marina Bay Sands from its counterparts in the world is its tasteful design. Initially inspired by card decks, it includes three hotel towers with 2,500 rooms and suites. The hotels are connected via Sands SkyPark, an observation deck that offers a magnificent view of the bay especially at night. You can also enjoy a tour of Marina Bay Art Trail and see modern artworks and sculpture from the country’s best.
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. Across the bay is another mesmerizing creation known as Esplanade Theatre. More popularly called as “The Durian” for its similarity on the fruit’s shape, it is Singapore’s biggest performing arts centre. The theatre is 60,000 square metres and showcases Singapore’s culture and lifestyle through its different shows. For lovers of the art, there is a guided walk tour that brings tourist to the Concert Hall and demonstrates how it blocks out noise for a more authentic viewing experience. The Durian’s design, shows Singapore’s ingenuity in creating a world-renowned establishment adorned with functional glass elements.
Raffes Hotel. Known not only for grand architectural shopping malls and casino, Singapore is also home to many different hotels with breath-taking views and great structural design. One example is the luxurious Raffles hotel that boasts colonial design. Named after founder of Modern Singapore, Stamford Raffles, staying at this hotel will bring you back in time.
Lau Pa Sat. A fusion of great architectural design and exquisite meal, eating at Lau Pa Sat will take you back to 19th century Singapore.
Singapore, not only known for its architecture but also for its many art offerings, is home to six national museum and more than twenty many others, each exhibit showcasing the country’s rich history. Musems such as National Gallery of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, and Philatelic Museum (home to the Harry Potter exhibition) and many more will surely pique your interest. A one-hour walking tour, Civic District Art Trail displays significant mementos and monuments in Singapore as well as largest collection of art in Southeast Asia.