Top 10 Insta-Worthy Spots Walking Guide in Singapore
In Singapore’s sunny weather, one of the best ways to discover the landmarks, explore the iconic architecture and experience the downtown attractions is to take a walk from place to place. WithTravel has specially put together a walking guide covering the Top 10 Most Insta-Worthy Spots in Singapore. Best part about this tour is that its chronological and will be able to be covered within a half-day.
Stop 1: National Gallery Singapore – 5 minute walk from City Hall MRT Station
Since opening in 2015, The National Gallery has been a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It’s claim to fame is being the largest public holder of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. The National Gallery is culturally and historically significant to Singapore as it combines the former Supreme Court building and the City Hall Building (both are National Monuments). It is by far the largest museum in Singapore and was voted Singapore’s best attraction experience in 2016 by the Singapore Tourism Board. The National Gallery often hosts special exhibitions like Minimalism: Space.Light.Object, which features work from popular artists like Donald Judd and Anish Kapoor and runs from November 2018 till April 2019.
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily (Extended hours on Fridays till 9pm)
Stop 2: The Arts House at the Old Parliament – 1 minute walk from National Gallery Singapore
On the grounds of Singapore’s first Parliament House now stands The Arts House at the Old Parliament. This building is also a national monument and is more than 200 years old, signifying a grand age of colonial architecture that the British left behind. Now, it serves as a hotspot combining art, music and literary programming. At night, visit Timbre and Barbershop by Timbre for a rocking good time of live music. The elephant pictured in the image below holds much diplomatic significance as it commemorates the first foreign trip by the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Chulalongkorn on 16 March 1871.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Stop 3: Sir Stamford Raffles Statue (along the Singapore River) – 1 Minute Walk from the Arts House
A statue built to commemorate Sir Stamford Raffles, known as the founder of modern day Singapore. The statue was built on the exact same spot that Sir Stamford Raffles is thought to have landed in Singapore in 1819. This statue has been standing there since 1969 and is a popular selfie spot for tourists and locals alike.
Sir Stamford Raffles Statue
Address: 59 Boat Quay, Singapore 049859
Stop 4: Asian Civilisations Museum – 1 Minute Walk from the Sir Stamford Raffles Statue
Being one of the first attractions in Singapore to focus on pan-Asian culture, the Asian Civilisations Museum looks at the various ethnic groups of immigrants that make up modern day Singapore. Located along the Singapore river, which is the birthplace of modern Singapore, since this is where the immigrants to the sleepy fishing village originally arrived and built the island state to where it is today. It celebrates the multiracial and multi-religious society of Singapore and wishes to share it with the world. It’s consistently ranked as one of the best musuems in Asia, so don’t miss it out on your trip to Singapore!
Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore
Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore 179555
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily (Extended hours till 9pm on Friday)
Stop 5: Cavenagh Bridge & Fullerton Hotel – 1 Minute Walk from the Asian Civilisations Museum
Cavenagh Bridge is the only suspension bridge in the entire country and has been opened since 1870 (and is the oldest bridge is in its original form). The bridge was built to celebrate Singapore joining the British Empire and is a historical monument that links visitors from the Asian Civilizations Museum to the Fullerton Hotel (Singapore’s first post office and also a National Monument) and to the Central Business District (known for its stunning skyscrapers).
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Stop 6: Merlion Park at One Fullerton – 5 minute walk from Cavenagh Bridge
From Cavenagh Bridge, you can cross over to the Fullerton Hotel and then take the underpass to the Merlion Park at One Fullerton. The Merlion is an icon of the sunny island-state and is an absolute must visit spot for any first time traveller to the island. From the Merlion park, you’ll be able to get a selfie with the half Lion half Mermaid and also capture incredible views of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel just across the bay and the Central Business District and Fullerton Hotel behind you.
Stop 7: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay – 2 minute walk from Merlion Park
From the Merlion Park, you can cross over to the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay via Jubilee Bridge, a bridge built to commemorate Singapore’s 50 years of independence in 2015.. The idea of the bridge was first suggested by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore and was launched on the day of his state funeral to allow for pedestrians to pay their last respects. Affectionately known to locals as the Durian, the Esplanade hosts many globally renowned musical concerts, recitals and theatrical performances.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Stop 8: Youth Olympic Park – 5 minute walk from the Esplanade
The Youth Olympic Park is Singapore’s very first art park and was launched in 2010 to celebrate Singapore being the host nation of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games that same year. There’s a sense of community and youth leadership that the art on display serves to bring out. It makes a great spot to rest and relax for a while under the shady trees before heading on to the Helix Bridge.
Youth Olympic Park
Address: Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
Stop 9: ArtScience Museum – 10 minute walk via the Helix Bridge from Youth Olympic Park
The Helix Bridge (longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore – 280 metres long) links tourists going from the Youth Olympic Park to the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts. There are five pods along the bridge which makes for unrivalled views of the city skyline. After crossing the bridge, you should definitely stop at the world’s very first ArtScience museum! The museum hosts many popular guest exhibitions like the Marvel Studios 10 Year Anniversary in September 2018 (See image below for a giant Ironman). The external structure represents a giant lotus and is designed by famed architect Moshe Safdie.
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily
Stop 10: Gardens by the Bay – 20 minute walk via Bayfront MRT (Exit B)
From the ArtScience Musuem, walk throught the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and do some retail therapy while you take enjoy the cool air conditioning and take the underpass through Bayfront MRT Exit B to reach the Gardens by the Bay. You can either purchase a tram ride which takes you to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Dome or you can take a leisurely walk across the Dragonfly Bridge and explore the award winning attraction on your own. Entry to the Supertree Grove is free of charge and there’s a nightly light show for your viewing pleasure too!
Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953