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Singapore in a week

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A July 2001 trip to Singapore by fluppe

Chinatown Hotel Photo, Singapore, Asia More Photos
Quote: A year ago a friend showed me some pictures of his Singapore visit during a stopover flight. I was really fascinated by this colorful City/State, its ethnic quarters, its theme parks and I wanted to see this all for my self. I tried to see the most of Singapore in a week (which was a hell of a job, believe me).

Singapore in a week

Overview

Singapore Photo, Singapore, Asia
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My planning: day 1: arrival in Changi Airport Singapore with a Singapore airlines flight, after checked in the hotel, a walk through Chinatown, along Boat Quay, the Raffles monument, the Padang, the Merlion park. day 2: Bright Hill temple and the Singapore open Zoo day 3: Little India, Arab street, Raffles Hotel, Fort Canning day 4: Jurong bird park, Science Center, Chinese and Japanese gardens day 5: Haw Par Villa park, Discovery center, Clarkes Quay day 6: Sentosa day 7: Botanic garden, Orchid park, Orchard street, Night Safari So as you can see I had a full schedule. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Aroun...Read More
Chinatown Hotel Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This hotel has 42 rooms, all with air-conditioning, private bathroom, television with remote control. The room was very clean and quiet. For Singapore standards I found the price cheap. In the price there is included a light breakfast, light means light = toast with jam and coffee. Also it is located in the heart of Chinatown, a great colorful quarter, and only a 5 minutes walk to the Outram Park MRT station.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2001

Chinatown Hotel
12-16 Teck Lim Rd
Singapore, Singapore 088388

Raffles hotel Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This Hotel has, for more than a century, been a symbol of Tropical style.

This perfect restored hotel only provides suites, which are decorated in a Colonial style. You can enter the main Lobby and feel the Colonial atmosphere.

Don`t forget to go to the back of the building and visit the Long bar and try the famous Singapore Sling Cocktail.

There is also a museum, where you see more about the Hotel`s history and famous guests.

More Info: link

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2001

Chinese restaurant Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This restaurant was visited a lot by the locals, which says a lot about the quality of the food. So I went there and I did try the Fu Zhou Fish Ball Soup. I can not tell you what these fish balls are made of, in fact they did not taste like fish, but it was ok. The waiter told me that this soup was the speciality of the house.

Opposite this restaurant is a small Hindu temple with some beautiful decorations (see pics).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 8, 2001

Steamboat

Restaurant

Steamboat Photo, Singapore, Asia
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I had seen this restaurant in a tv-program on Belgium television. So I was very curious what it was all about. In fact it is an "all you can eat" restaurant. So first you go to the dish counter and take some different meat pieces, fish, crab, shrimps, noodles, etc. If you don't know what to do the friendly waiters are pleased to help you. In the middle, a kind of noodle soup is prepared, and around it on the hot plate you can cook your meat, fish and shrimp. Hmmmm, it was delicious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2001

Long Bar

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Restaurant

Long Bar Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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The Long Bar is in the back of the Hotel on the 2nd storey. You can find this bar via the inner courtyard or just along the left outerside of the Hotel. The Long Bar is similar to the Raffles Hotel in a colonial style. There is one funny detail here; at several places in this bar you see big bags with monkey nuts. Just fill a basket with nuts, and eat them with your drink. Don`t worry about the shells; you just can throw these on the floor. I know it is strange, but at this Singapore spot you must litter. So it happens when you visit this bar in the evening hours you really walk on a carpet of shells. What you find in every tourist guide (and if you ask me, it is a bit of a must when y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2001

Long Bar
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road
Singapore, Singapore 189673
+65 6337 1886

Chinatown

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Chinatown Photo, Singapore, Asia
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As my hotel was in the heart of Chinatown, it is quiet normal that I started discovering "Singapore" in this ethnic quarter. In fact, the history of Chinatown dates back from the time that Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore as a trading post in 1819. It was great walking around in this area, there were many colourful houses, the little shops and Chinatown was very alive.

In Chinatown a lot of the old shophouses (downstairs was the shop, upstairs was the living quarters) are restored and painted very colorful, it was a pleasant sight.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2001

Sri Mariamman Temple

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Sri Mariamman Temple Photo, Singapore, Asia
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It is a bit bizarre but the oldest Hindu temple of Singapore stands in the heart of Chinatown. It dates from 1827 and is declared a national monument in 1973. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Mariamman who is known for curing extremely serious epidemics such as cholera, chicken pox and small pox – a hint to what health standards must have been like at that time. This temple is the preferred venue of most Hindu weddings. During the annual Thimithi ceremony (November), devotees walk over a 4m wide pit filled with hot coals as a test of their spirituality and to honor the goddess Draupathi. The magnificent Pagoda-tower (or Gopuram) was built in 1903 and was restored in 1984 and is decorated ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2001

Thian Hock Keng Temple  Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This is the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, it is also the island's most important Hokkien temple. It dates from 1821, and sailors came at this Taoist-Buddhist temple to give thanks for a safe journey.

Inside the Thian Hock Kheng temple, in the big hall, you can see a statue of the goddess Ma chu Por, the mother of heavenly Sages).

This temple has magnificent decorations. This Temple was built with materials from all over the world. The wall that surrounds the courtyard is covered with Delfts Blue, the altar is decorated with English tiles, the door opening is decorated with Scottish wrought iron.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2001

Singapore Skyline

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Singapore skyline Photo, Singapore, Asia
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The famous Singapore Skyline, seen from behind Elgin Bridge. Elgin Bridge was the first bridge to be built across the river (1925).

I am pretty sure that this is one of the most photographed spots in Singapore. I must admit that it is quiet impressive when you stand in front of this huge building.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2001

Boat Quat

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Boat quay Photo, Singapore, Asia
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A century ago this was a very busy harbour, imagine the sun-tanned chinese coolies with heavy sacks of rice on theis shoulders who were loading and unloading the boats here. Along Boatquay you see a lot of shophouses, the higher the shophouse, the wealthier the owner. But nowadays there is no more boat-loading activities, the shophouses are restored and changed in restaurants and bars. Along the waterside, there are big terraces where you can drink a cool beer or taste a deliscious meal. But be careful, to me it seemed a bit of a yuppy spot, everything was quiet expensive, so I did not eat here. Because I believe it is not because you pay a lot of money, that the food is so much better, it is more the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2001

Raffles Landing site Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This white polymarble statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, marks his first landing site on Singapore. From here you have a great view on the Singapore Skyline and Boat Quay. It is also from this spot that you can make a River cruise (half-hour) on board a traditional bumboat, while cruising the river you can enjoy life around the river while the captain tells you everything about the history of the river.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2001

Cavenagh Bridge

Attraction

Cavenagh bridge Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This beautiful bridge is built in 1868, and is Singapore`s only suspension bridge. Behind this bridge you see the majestical Fullerton Hotel (a deluxe 5-star hotel with 390 rooms). Cavenagh bridge markes the beginning of the colonial quarter. It was built in Schotland, and placed by Indian convicts in 1869. It is named after General-Major Orfeur Cavenagh, who was governor of the Straits Settlements from 1859 till 1867. The locals complained that this bridge was to low, because they could not pass with their fully loaded boats at high tide. During this period of colonial arrogance, the answer was that the bridge was not the problem, but the river . . . .

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2001

Merlion Park

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Merlion Park Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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About 100m further then Cavenagh bridge, you see Anderson bridge. Cross this bridge and on your right handside you`ll see the Merlion Park. This white statue is the Merlion, in fact half-fish and half-lion and this is also the symbol of Singapore.

According to the legend, the Singa or Lion, which Prince Sang Nila Utama first caught sight of on the island was seen near this very spot. Integrating the Lion head with the body of a fish was a means of paying tribute to Singapore`s history as an ancient sea town.

You can also see a larger version of this Merlion at Sentosa Island

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2001

Merlion Park
One Fullerton
Singapore

Sri Vadapathia Temple Photo, Singapore, Asia
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So for my Little India visit, I took the MRT to Lavender MRT station, from there I walked along Lavender street and at the crossing with Serangoon Rd I turned left. As I walked Serangoon Rd already after 50 m there were the first temples, on the left side of the road there were 2 beautiful Hindu temples : Sri Vadapathia temple and sri Rama temple. These temples are not so big, but anyway great to visit. These temples are not visited frequently by foreigners, I did not find them in my travel guide either. But as these temples are not so crowded it gives better opportunities to look around, take pictures and talk to the people around this place of worship. Take off your shoe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2001

Sri Vadapathia Temple
Serangoon St.
Singapore, Singapore

Liong San See-temple  Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Liong San See-temple is built by a buddhist monk around 1917. This temple is used as well by Buddhists, as by Taoists.

In the main building you can see an altar devoted to Kuan yin, the Goddess of mercy and compassion, and there is also the Sakyamuni-Buddha.

Location: Little India

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2001

Temple of 1000 lights Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya is the official name of this temple, but this temple is also called the Temple of 1000 lights.

This name comes from the many colored lights that surround the 15 metres high sitting Buddha (weight : 300 tons). When devotees give a donation, then the lights around the Buddha lighten up.

Go around the Buddha statue and discover a hidden room with a beautiful reclining Buddha.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2001

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple  Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This temple is devoted to Vishnu ( also known as Perumal). This one of the most important temples in Singapore. This is also the starting place of the procession of the Thaipusam-festivity. This is a very important Hindu festivity, male devotees bring themselves in a kind of trance, and then they are covered with a kind of portable altar, that is fixed on their body with hooks, even in their tongue and cheeks they put pins. This ritual is a kind of penance to honor the lord Murugan, God of courage, power, beauty and virtuousness. This procession ends about 3 km further at the Chettiar temple at Tank Rd. The beautifully decorated entrance tower (Gopuram). This 20 m high tower is decor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2001

Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple  Photo, Singapore, Asia
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An old Tamil-saying : `Don`t go living in a country without temples`. That is one of the reasons why there are so many temples in this neighborhood.

The Sri Veerama Kaliamman Temple : this temple is built by Bengali workers. Veerama Kaliamman means `Kali the Brave`, so this temple is devoted to the Goddess Kali, the spouse of Shiva the destroyer, one of the Gods of the Holy Hindu-3 unities.

You can see the Goddess Kali with many arms and legs and in every hand a deadly weapon inside the temple.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2001

Padang

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Padang Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Padang is the Malaysian for field or plain. Such a big open green field was a symbol of British Colonial domination. The building at the end of the field is the Singapore Cricket Club. It was founded around 1850. In the beginning this Club was for British only. And still nowadays it is as closed club with only about 4000 members. In this Clubhouse there is still a bar for men only, no ladies allowed. At the right side of the Padang you see the Supreme Court and the City Hall. Supreme Court (building with the dome) was built in 1939 at the place where once stood the famous Hotel de l’Europe. City Hall was built ten years earlier. In this building the British signed ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2001

Bright Hill Temple

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Bright Hill Temple Photo, Singapore, Asia
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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple, better known as The Bright Hill Temple, is in fact a Buddhist Temple. It is the largest religious building complex of Singapore. When I visited this Temple, I did not see any other tourists, maybe because it is a bit out of range. That it is not so frequently visited, was maybe also the reason that the taxi-driver did not know the exact location of this Temple complex. It is not only a very big Temple complex, but there are also the luxurious decorations of the buildings. As you can see again this is a paradise for the amateur photographer, as all these buildings are very colourful decorated. In this Temple complex you can see different pagodas, pav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2001

Singapore Zoo

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Singapore Zoo Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Singapore Zoological Gardens : This is an open zoo which means they use moats and rock walls as natural barriers. My travel guide desribed this zoo as one of the best in the world, well I must agree, it was certainly one of the highlights of my Singapore visit. There are over 3000 mammals, birds and reptiles. There is also a possibility to have breakfast or afternoon tea with an orangutan. To get there : Take SBS bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT (N9) Open : 8.30am to 6pm (daily) To see everything you need a day There are different animal shows and feeding shows : Check the times near the entry gate. Admission : adults : 12S$, children : 5s$, there is also a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2001

Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore, Singapore 729826
(65) 6269 3411