Beyond the shiny high-rises and the extravagant sheen of the lion city, the below mentioned five places will give you to have an experience of a real taste of Singapore. From an early morning walking to learn over 3000 species of orchids to the most striking compilation of modern art, I tell you the way to the city beyond the surface.
1. Art At The Ritz
Including the Ritz Carlton in your Singapore tour would be an added bonus for you. At the entry of this hotel, you will come across with a mammoth three-ton Frank Stella installation. The hotel has a pair of Dale Chihuly crystal glass sculptures which lead you into one of the city’s least-known collections of contemporary and modern art. The collection includes the works of artists like David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Henry Moore and Rainer Gross. Watching the displayed art pieces is free and the best way to go about it, is by taking an iPod-guided tour.
2. Haji Lane
Go to inside of the Haji Lane which is the city’s Muslim quarter and a slice of paradise for fashion lovers. The transformed shop houses into a modern series of retail stores look like colles style-miles across the world. Go to stores and take any garment from tailored skirts to funky cushion covers.
3. Singapore Botanic Gardens
I hope you wouldn’t want to miss walking in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and to include it in your Singapore tour. It opens at 5 each morning and welcomes dog-walkers, morning joggers and people exercising their tai-chi moves. Wander along the roundabout path from the virgin rainforest to the National Orchid Garden. Here you can feast your own eyes on a wondrously colorful garden of around 3000 species. Near Tanglin Gate, you will come across with a food court where you can have your breakfast which has toast mingled with coconut jam and soft-boiled eggs.
4. China Town Heritage Center
It is the center which provides an opportunity to peak into Singapore’s history and visiting here takes you back in the early 19th century. Complete sets of bedrooms along with kitchens and street scenes from the time have been exactly represented to give a real experience of life. Take a memento from the gift shop while coming out of the complex.
5. Haw Par Villa
In my opinion, you can’t ignore Haw Par Villa to include in your Singapore holiday. Situated at 262 Pasir Panjang Road, it is a spectacle you will absolutely enjoy. Initially known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, it is just west of the main city center area and is a showy display of more than a thousand brightly-painted statues influenced by Chinese myth and legend. Captivatingly, the area was named after its owners, who made their destiny selling the cure-all elixir, Tiger Balm.