THINGS TO DO
Explore Singapore’s legendary Chinatown - the largest heritage district for interesting finds and eats.
A bustling heritage area filled with pre-war shophouses and Chinese medical halls, Chinatown has become one of Singapore’s largest heritage districts. Stroll along charming lanes like Smith Street, Temple Street, Pagoda Street, and Mosque Street.
- Chinatown Food Street along the stretch of Smith Street, is one of the best places in Singapore for locals and tourists alike to eat cheap, tasty, authentic local food.
- Pick up souvenirs on Pagoda Street or taste traditional “bak kwa” barbecued meat along New Bridge Road. During festive periods like Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, these streets turn into festive and rambunctious street markets.
- Chinatown Heritage Centre is an immersive exhibit that displays the history of Chinese culture.
- The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is one of the most prominent landmarks in Chinatown. The Tang dynasty-influenced Buddhist temple gets its name from the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, which is kept in a giant stupa weighing 3.5 tonnes and made from 320 kg of gold.
- Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore oldest Hindu temple built in 1827, is adorned with six tiers of sculptured deities and Sepoy soldiers.
Retail therapy beckons on this iconic shopping belt, which stretches up to 2.2km and is a haven for seasoned shoppers and first-time visitors. Offering nearly 800,000 sqm of retail, dining and entertainment options – from specialty stores and high street fashion to fine-dining restaurants and fast food joints – Singapore’s Orchard Road hosts lifestyle choices aplenty.
Tip: Visitors to Singapore may be eligible for a refund of Goods & Services Tax (GST) on their purchases when they leave Singapore.
The island of Sentosa, which means ‘peace’ and ‘tranquility’ in Malay, has held its name since the 1970s. Sentosa Island is a popular island resort destination in Singapore just 15 minutes away from the city centre. Take a short monorail ride from Vivocity or the cable ride from HarbourFront to get there.
With numerous family-friendly activities and attractions, prepare for a full-day fun-filled trip to Sentosa Island.
Since 1973, the Singapore Zoo is the world’s best-known naturalistic habitat, and is home to more than 2,800 animals representing over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
The Singapore Zoo is also well-known for its walk-through exhibits that bring animals and visitors together in one space for incredibly intimate encounters. Besides the various thematic exhibits and edu-taining shows, the park experience allows visitors to understand the animals at a deeper level through well-designed and interactive educational displays.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE
One of the most popular tourist attractions that appeals to the whole family, Universal Studios Singapore is located in Sentosa Island and is Southeast Asia’s first Hollywood movie theme park. It features seven themed zones with blockbuster movie-inspired rides, shows and attractions, from enthralling rides and stage shows to street entertainment with your favourite movie characters and fireworks at night.