Singapore Skyline

We visited Singapore & Malaysia for two weeks – during August – for our annual vacation. Given the long duration of our travel we were of the idea that we needn’t hurry at all, but Singapore proved us wrong. Singapore had so many breathtaking places to visit, exciting things to do and such wonderful/exotic cuisines to try – the 5 days at Singapore went in a jiffy!
singapore skyscraperBe it a 1000 year old temple or a modern day edifice – I love them all. This post, true to its title, presents photographs of Singapore city, and where every photo has a bit of the sky in it! The Singapore skyline is sure to turn anyone awestruck (and neck-struck!), so here are a few of the gems I captured.

Love the converging lines on the building.

The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (Sanskrit: सिंहपुर, lit. Lion City), but they say that Lions probably never lived there; the beast seen by Sang Nila Utama, who founded and named ancient Singapore, was most likely a tiger!

There are ongoing land reclamation projects, which have increased Singapore’s land area from 581.5 km2 (224.5 sq mi) in the 1960s to 704 km2(272 sq mi) today; it may grow by another 100 km2 (40 sq mi) by 2030. Some projects involve merging smaller islands through land reclamation to form larger, more functional islands.

It appears to me that the skyscraper cluster on the right stands on one such smaller island or reclaimed land.

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Merlion statue with the backdrop of Singapore buildings.

The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines “mer” meaning the sea and “lion”. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name — Singapura — meaning “lion city”. The huge Merlion on the right can be seen at Sentosa Island, one of the larger islands of Singapore which is an Island completely dedicated for entertainment!

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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands features three 55-story hotel towers connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof, named Sands SkyPark. The Lotus shaped structure on the left is a ArtScience Museum. It also houses the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. There was no cover fee for tourists’ entering the casino, which otherwise is $100 for Singaporeans. This was our first Casino visit and we did much observing and no spending!

This post won’t be complete without a night shot of the Singapore skyline, so here it is.

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This snap was taken from ‘Gardens by the Bay’, Singapore’s newest wonder. The photo has Singapore’s night skyline, Singapore Flyer (giant wheel), the huge flower dome and even the newly installed lit Supertrees – more of Gardens by the Bay in later posts.



Dolphin Lagoon - Sentosa islandIf you are looking to visit Singapore do check out my Singapore guide which has a detailed break of the travel costs (in Indian rupees) and also has a list of attractions that you could plan and visit. Reading this guide will help you in planning your very own, personalized, private and one of its kind trip to Singapore!


Comments

  1. Singapore seems like an exciting destination! Love the pic of the colorful skyline…

  2. Excellent post. keep writing. will use all of ur blogs to plan my S’pore trip whenever it happens.
    nice to know the name Singapore is coming from Sanskrit.

  3. Nagaraj Shenoy says:

    Nice read, good pics, no wonder singapore has made it into your home page

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