Sights of Singapore

Beginning from the financial district at Raffles Place MRT, a walk around the mouth of the Singapore River will reveal much about the development of the island state. In the central business district, monstrous skyscrapers compete with each other to reach the sky, with hints of history nestled between them.

One such landmark, located a few minutes' walk from Raffles Place MRT, is Telok Ayer Market, known to the locals as Lau Pa Sat (literally the Old Market). Once the first wet market of the territory, where produce from all parts of the region were sold, Lau Pa Sat is these days a haven for the curious tastebud. Stalls selling local delicacies such as laksa, bak kut teh and chicken rice can be found alongside hawkers offering Japanese udon, Korean ramyeon and Indian roti. The wide selection of cuisines alone is worth repeated trips.

Walk up along Raffles Quay past the massive Christmas tree and soon it will be possible to spot the distinctive shape of two durian shells ahead in the distance. The decade-old Esplanade Theatre is home to a few performing arts venues and a library specialising in the arts and has been graced by many dignitaries over its short history. Yet before one reaches the Esplanade, the dignified Palladian architecture of the Fullerton Hotel will provide a counterpoint to the slabs of metal and glass around it. Occupying the former General Post Office, the 400-room Fullerton Hotel, like Lau Pa Sat, repurposes a part of Singapore's history while preserving it.

Further along the Singapore River is one of its better-established nightlife hubs, Clarke Quay. The streets fill up at night with revellers looking to unwind after a long day at work, and the brightly-lit restaurants and pubs give new life to the old warehouses, maintaining the image of the busy port that it used to be. During the day, the silent pavements along the riverbank are home to coffee houses and eateries, with the occasional jogger getting her daily running fix against the scenic backdrop.

Should one prefer to wander off from the banks of the Singapore River, Chinatown is another area worth visiting, with many hidden treasures to offer on its streets. If an aerial view of the city centre is preferred, the New Asia Bar at the top of the Swissotel, the Sky Garden atop Marina Bay Sands and the cabins of the Singapore Flyer all offer distinct perspectives.

Feel free to converse with the conference local organisers for more in-depth tips and notable sights during your stay here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:33

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