Five cultural highlights in the Garden City of Singapore
Dig deep into Asiaâs most exciting cultural, artistic and epicurean hub, which is so much more than just a stopover destination
Small, but perfectly formed, what Singapore lacks in size it more than makes up for in style and sophistication. Far more than a mere âstopover cityâ, savvy travellers are reaping the thrills of a longer stay, which means more time to explore. In 2019, the nation will mark 200 years since its founding, and a host of events have been lined up to commemorate the nationâs bicentennial milestone. So what can you see and do in Singapore?
National Gallery Singapore
Once the City Hall and Supreme Court, these two immense buildings were fused together three years ago with a dazzling glass atrium supported by gargantuan metal trees. Inside lies the finest collection of mid 19th century to present day art in Asia; ranging from the colonial age thro ugh to an entire gallery devoted to art created or inspired by the Vietnam War. Singapore itself is represented too, most impressively in the social realist paintings of artist Chua Mia Tee, depicting the city stateâs evolution towards independence.
There are few ways to get more deeply immersed in the DNA of Singapore life than to take a weekend morning stroll around the 180-acre Botanic Gardens â" Singaporeâs first Unesco World Heritage Site. There are more than 2,000 orchid hybrids amid the winding pathways and bijou lakes. Best of all, this is where to meet Singapore locals at leisure, from groups of pensioners practising tai-chi and canoodling couples to joggers panting through the dense rainforest and bamboo. Themed, free guided tours on weekends cover everything from nature sketching to eco-sustainability.
Gardens by the Bay
An alien planet with a commitment to gardening? A fantasy light show on the edge of the earth? No matter what the Gardens by the Bay may resemble to you, itâs hard to argue with its status as the cityâs most memorable landmark. A nocturnal visit is the best time to see the vivid illuminations that drench the avant-garde structures in cascades of light. A daytime trip means more opportunities to get up close to the 18 vertical gardens in the Supertree Grove â" the tallest shoots up to a height of nearly 20 storeys.
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
Singapore doesnât just have its own distinctive cuisine to sample; the Garden State is your embarkation point for a culinary odyssey through the dishes of dozens of different nations. The Festival Market on Raffles Quay is one of Singaporeâs greatest fla vour fulcrums. To meander around here is to walk into a living, breathing pan-Asian cookbook. Sample Burmese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Nyonya cuisine as well as local classics such as black pepper crab and the all but ubiquitous nyonya laksa; rice served in a sumptuous coconut prawn broth.
People of the River
Outdoor art is having a moment in Singapore right now. From frenetic colourful murals to installation art pieces, this is a city thatâs firmly embracing its creative credentials. Nowhere more so than in Borat Quay. Here stands a series of statues depicting locals engaging in the bygone customs of an older Singapore. From a group of boys leaping into the water to a more sedate depiction of a Eur opean merchant discussing business with a Chinese trader and Malay chief, while workers load up a cart beside them, these are poignant and beautifully made memories of a city that never stops evolving.
Savour the sky
Travellers who value the journey as much as the destination choose Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Airlines works endlessly on honing and evolving the end-to-end experience wherever you fly on their extensive network.
Fly four times daily from London Heathrow to Singapore and beyond, or fly from Manchester and choose from five weekly departures to both Singapore and even Houston, USA.
Singapore Airlines offers great value stopover packages. Singapore Stopover Holiday packages start from Â£1 and include a stay at three- to five-star hotels, access to more than 20 attractive deals, complimentary rides on the SIA Hop-on Bus and more.
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