THE PADANG – SINGAPORE CRICKET CLUB GROUND
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The Padang is an open playing field located in the Central Area of Singapore. It is also where the Singapore Cricket Club Ground is located. Aside from being an open playing field, the Padang has garnered historical significance. With its prime location, it has been used as a venue for various events. In fact, every 9th of August, Singapore’s National Day Parade is held here. Moreover, it is a superb place to tour as it is surrounded by several historical buildings.
THE HISTORIC PARLIAMENT HOUSE
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The Parliament House of Singapore is one of its many cultural landmarks. Its architectural structure is built to showcase stateliness and authority. It was renovated several times and now it comprises three new blocks. It was once housed the Attorney-General’s Chambers and was announced as a national monument on 14 February. The Parliament House is not for parliamentary debates only. It is also a research center and a meeting place of the members of parliament. In addition, it is also open for students’ interest and the general public.
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
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Situated in the heart of Civic District is the National Gallery Singapore. Two national monuments – the City Hall and the former Supreme Court – was restored to house the gallery. It holds the largest public collection of Southeast Asian art. The gallery also exhibits masterpieces in the 19th Century. Truly, the gallery has been a big help in improving Singapore Tourism Landscape. It garnered the award “Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism” from Singapore Awards in 2016. It also won the “Best Attraction Experience,” and “Best Customer Service (Attractions).
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The Merlion Park is probably the most popular landmark of Singapore. Almost every tourist make sure to take a photo with the tourist-icon Merlion when touring around The Lion City. It is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a body of a fish. It is also recognized as Singapore’s national personification and mascot. There are two Merlion statues in Singapore. The original 8.6-meter high statue sprouts water from its mouth facing the Marina Bay. Located near it is a merlion cub statue that measures 2-meter tall.
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Marina Bay offers a picturesque view of the 360 hectare Central Business District. It is also a significant landmark in Singapore as various events were held here. The New Year’s Eve Countdown and Singapore Fireworks Celebration were hosted here. Hence, Marina’s Bay view adds vibrancy to each events’ highlight.
THIAN HOCK KENG TEMPLE
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Thian Hock Keng Temple is one of Singapore’s National Monument. Considered as the oldest temple, it is also the most important temple to the Hokkien people. Thian Hock Keng Temple means “Palace of Heavenly Happiness.” In the 1800s, the Hokkien community first worshiped Mazu to thanked the Sea Goddess for their safe arrival to Singapore. The temple has a traditional Chinese design. The main courtyard is surrounded by a group of buildings and pavilion cluster. Behind the temple is another Buddhist shrine dedicated to Guanyin. People visit the temple to also worship other deities as well as the Chinese philosopher, Confucius.
SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDEN
The Singapore Botanic Garden is a 158-year-old tropical garden. It has Asia’s Park Attraction number one spot since 2013. In fact, in 2014 the Singapore Botanic Garden was the only tropical garden granted with UNESCO World Heritage. It is also the only garden open daily from 5 in the morning until 12 in the midnight. The garden had also played an important role in the nation’s rubber trade boom in the 20th century. Singapore Botanic Garden also offers different attractions. Located within the main gardens is the National Orchid Garden.
NATIONAL ORCHID GARDEN
The National Orchid Garden is located at the uphill part of Singapore Botanical Garden. It is developed with a three-core concept. The heritage core, Tanglin, caters the historical features of the garden. The garden’s acclaimed tourist belt is at the central core. And the last core, Bukit Timah, is an educational and recreational zone. The 3-hectare garden houses 60,000 orchids. There are around 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids in the National Orchid Garden. These are aesthetically arranged in four different color zones. The spring zones for the golds, yellows, and creams; reds and pinks on the summer zone; the autumn zone has the matured shares; and the white cool blues are in the winter zone.
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Little India used to be a part of Chulia Kampong area, a former district in Singapore. Due to the British policy of ethnic segregation, the ethnic Indians moves to this land. Today it is usually called “Tekka” by the Indian Singaporean community. Hence, the area is in fact multi-cultural. It is full of several shops, restaurants, temples and other places for worships of different ethnic groups in Singapore.
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