Five cultural highlights in the Garden City of Singapore

By On September 06, 2018

Five cultural highlights in the Garden City of Singapore

Dig deep into Asia’s 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 “stopover city”, 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 nation’s 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 state’s evolution towards independence.

Botanic Gardens

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€" Singapore’s 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.

Singapore Botanic Gardens
Nature calls: the 180-acre Botanic Gardens Credit: Getty

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, it’s hard to argue with its status as the city’s 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 doesn’t 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 Singapore’s 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.

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
Local flavours: Lau Pa Sat Festival Market Credit: Alamy

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 that’s 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 £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.

To discover more about Singapore Airlines, visit singaporeair.com

Source: Google News Singapore | Netizen 24 Singapore

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