Nine most iconic places in Singapore

The statue of Sir Stamford Raffles
The statue of Sir Stamford RafflesPHOTO: TAY SUAN ANN/SPH

1. The Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles

Place, on what is believed to be Raffles’ landing site at the Singapore River. This is a plaster cast of the original, where the founder of colonial Singapore has his arms folded, and looks to be deep in thought.

2. Singapore Art Museum

The museum used to be home to St Joseph’s Institution pupils up to 1987. It was gazetted as a national monument on February 14, 1992, and became the nation’s art museum. Today, it features mostly Asian and Singapore art pieces.

3. The Botanic Gardens

The Gardens was founded in 1859. Beautiful frangipani, casuarina and majestic banyan trees sit pretty in the gardens, along with a tranquil lake. There is also a patch of surviving rainforest, a ginger garden and a centre for the breeding of orchid hybrids.

4. The Singapore Zoo

The iconic zoo has won the Best Leisure Attraction Experience award by the Singapore Tourism Board nine times. The 26-hectare wildlife park is nestled within the Mandai rainforest and houses more than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

5. Little India

Little India, as its name suggests, contains many aspects of Indian culture in one location. Its main stretch of activity is along Serangoon Road, where you can find stores selling Indian groceries and traditional clothes, and restaurants serving North and South Indian cuisine.

6. The Kranji War Memorial

The memorial is located in Kranji in the north of Singapore. Comprising the War Graves, the Memorial Walls, the State Cemetery and the Military Graves, it is dedicated to the men and women who died in battle defending Singapore and Malaya against the Japanese forces during World War II.

7. Malay Heritage Centre

Officially opened in June 2005, the Malay Heritage Centre gives visitors cultural exposure to Malay heritage. Situated in the Istana Kampong Glam, visitors can also explore the architecture and vibrancy of Kampong Glam, which has been gazetted, or designated by the government as an official conservation area.

8. Chinatown Heritage Centre

Within the walls of three restored shophouses in Chinatown lie the memories and experiences of the hopeful Chinese immigrants who flocked to Singapore. Visitors are also given a chance to experience what life was like for them through the recreated living quarters of characteristic Chinatown occupants.

9. The Marina Barrage

The Marina Barrage is Singapore’s 15th reservoir. It is built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the first in the heart of the city. The visitor centre, which looks like a seashell from the top, houses the pumping station and the Sustainable Singapore Gallery. This gallery aims to educate the public on major environmental and water issues.