Cool and historically significant places to visit in the Lion City apart from Orchard Road and Merlion Park
Singapore is a spectacular and vibrant modern city with a host of activities and attractions for visitors. But the Lion City also houses a number of unique places that peels back the layers of the city’s rich history and heritage. If you had your fill of the concrete jungle, then head over to these cool places the next time you’re in Singapore.
Kranji War Memorial
Located 20 kilometres away from the city centre, the Kranji War Memorial honours the men and women from the Air Force, Army and Navy who sacrificed their lives during the Japanese occupation. Over 24,000 names of allied serviceman are inscribed on its walls, the largest of which is the Singapore Memorial, which boasts a huge star-topped pylon that’s over 24 metres tall. Located near the Kranji War Memorial is the Lim Chu Kang area, used primarily as a military training ground and farming area, and which offers a different perspective to the island nation.
Kent Ridge Park
One of the main historical as well as recreational parks in Singapore, Kent Ridge Park spreads over 47 hectares and houses a number of attractions such as the Bukit Chandu Museum, Horticulture Park and the Alexandra Arches Bridge. The area is also for history buffs to learn about the heritage of the nation as some key battles took place here during World War II. Visitors can also indulge in recreational activities such as the Canopy Walk or a casual bike ride on the park’s beautiful mountain biking trails.
Built to alleviate flooding in the lower lying areas of the island, the Marina Barrage is a high tech facility that drains out excess storm waters into the sea. But helping ease flood woes is just one aspect of Marina Barrage, as it also doubles up as a recreational area for families with areas for kayaking and wide open spaces for kite flying. The Marina Barrage is a symbol of Singapore’s push for green energy as it also houses a solar park with the largest collection of solar panels in the country.
The Fullerton Hotel
Gazetted as a national monument, this luxury hotel was formerly Singapore’s General Post Office. It was also home to the Singapore Club and Chamber of Commerce. Located in the busy financial district, the luxury hotel retains much of its colonial charm and heritage. It operates a number of F&B outlets with a large variety of western and Asian fare, including the highly popular high tea held in the hotel’s Courtyard.
One of the best ways to experience the heritage and culture of Singapore is by boat. The Singapore River Cruise offers a unique perspective of the island nation as it takes visitors on a cruise on its renowned waterways. Bumboats ferry passengers from stops on Clarke Quay and Boat Quay past iconic buildings of past and present to highlight the transformative era of Singapore.