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Singapore: Past, Present, and Future

Explore Singapore's dynamic identity, from historic Chinatown to colorful Clarke Quay to the iconic Marina Bay Sands
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  The story of Singapore is one of progress, and rapid progress at that. Just 200 years ago the island was a small fishing village; 100 ... more »

Tips:  GETTING THERE
The easiest way to get to the starting point in Chinatown is via Singapore’s MRT train system. Take the Northeast, or... more »

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Points of Interest

Every story has a beginning, and for many Singaporeans, those stories begin with an immigrant from China. After Singapore’s establishment as a British trading post in the early 1800s, immigrants flooded the island seeking their fortunes. The Chinese set up homes and businesses around what is now known as Chinatown. Visitors can get a peek inside... More

2. Places of worship

You won’t be in Singapore long before you hear someone boasting about the republic’s diversity and tolerance, a place where one can find a temple, a mosque and a church on the same block. South Bridge Road on the southern border of Chinatown is such a block.

At the end of Pagoda Street is the colorful and ornate Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s ... More

3. Hong Lim Park

Continuing down South Bridge Road, take a left onto Upper Pickering Street toward the only green area in Chinatown, Hong Lim Park, named in honor of the businessman who donated the land.

Singapore’s first privately owned public garden used to hold cricket matches and Chinese operas, and is now surrounded by a patchwork of skyscrapers, shophouses... More

From the park you will walk approximately two blocks to Clarke Quay – be sure to duck into The Central Mall if you need a break from the heat. During the day, Clarke Quay is a show of colorful buildings and bridges; t night, the area puts a different kind of colorful on display as adults come out to play at the riverside pubs, clubs, and even a... More

5. Parliament and People

From the north bank of the river heading downstream, you will walk through two underpasses, with the second one leading you straight to Parliament House. For political buffs, it is worth the quick stop, especially if Parliament is in session and you are able to grab a seat in the visitor’s galley.

ParlConnect, the Parliament Visitor Centre, is... More

Behind the ACM is Singapore’s only suspension bridge, the Cavenagh Bridge, which leads you across the river to the historic Fullerton Hotel. The Singapore landmark has gone from fort to post office to high-end respite – a story laid out in its Heritage Gallery.

After taking your snapshots, continue to follow the river, down through the underpass.... More

From Merlion Park you can buy a S$4 ticket from the kiosk and take a boat taxi across to Marina Bay Sands, the integrated resort that features some of the island's best dining, shopping, and entertainment, not to mention a skating rink and the four-level casino. But it’s the building itself that has created the most buzz. The three towers are... More

Directly behind the main building is the new Gardens by the Bay exhibit. Featuring horticulture and garden artistry, it will eventually comprise three waterfront gardens.

The two conservatories showcase plants from around the globe, including cold-climate samples, while the looming Supertrees, towering between 25 and 50 meters and inspired by the... More