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A shining, futurtistic sprawl, Singapore has the kind of thriving cultural scene you'd expect from such a major metropolis. When you visit Singapore, forget what you know about museums, theatres and gardens, because here you'll be surprised and beguiled by unique attractions unlike anything else in the world.




Singapore is a place where history confronts modernity head-on. In the downtown core, you’ll see the excesses of European colonialism, with its classical architecture and grandeur. But further along the bay, you’ll be greeted by sleek, contemporary Asian structures, which create a dramatic skyline.


Old Supreme Court


Modelled on the Old Bailey in London, Singapore’s Old Supreme Court does look like a part of the British capital just dropped into the centre of this Asian city-state. This grand, classical building no longer dispenses justice, but it’s still one of the most imposing landmarks of the region.


1 St Andrew's Road, Singapore 178957. Tel:+ 65 6690 9400


Old Supreme Court website
Henderson Waves Bridge


Weaving a sinuous path through the jungle canopy, the Henderson Waves Bridge is aesthetic architecture at its best. It connects 2 city parks, so take a walk above the trees, and enjoy the views across forest and sea as you cross over.


Henderson Road, Singapore 099203


Henderson Waves Bridge website


Museums and galleries


Singapore's museums range from small collections of indigenous heritage, to large, modern spaces which show off modern avant-garde art. One of the most experimental and exciting is the ArtScience Museum.


ArtScience Museum


This museum is designed as a gigantic lotus flower, which appears to float on the water at Marina Bay. Inside, the vast exhibition spaces play host to touring exhibitions, showcasing everything from Da Vinci masterpieces to experimental performance art.


10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. Tel:+65 6688 8868


ArtScience Museum website


Performing arts


From symphony orchestras playing in concert halls of classical majesty, to experimental theatre testing the limits of high-concept modern venues, Singapore has a wealth of performance to wow you.


Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


Yet another striking piece of architecture along Marina Bay, Esplanade is quite the showstopper – and that’s before you get inside. It’s a spiky, metallic, domed structure which tilts towards the water. Inside, it boasts a state-of-the-art concert hall and theatre, so check out the listings to see what's on.


1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981. Tel:+65 6828 8377


Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay website


Parks and gardens


The line between city and jungle in Singapore is a lightly-sketched one, with lush greenery spilling into the urban spaces. In fact, it has so many green zones that it’s nicknamed the Garden City. The oldest is the orchid-filled Botanic Garden, while Marina Bay has its own lush foliage to explore.


Gardens by the Bay


Pushing the boundaries of design, this sprawling area of reclaimed land features distinctive silvery "supertrees" – some of these man-made structures are 16 storeys high. Come in the evening too, when these futuristic structures release the solar energy they’ve been storing for an other-worldly light and sound show.


18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. Tel:+65 6420 6848


Gardens by the Bay website