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     Attractions - 10 Must-visit Places in Singapore

          TOP TEN  (Ranked)


Raffles Hotel

     1.  Raffles Hotel

          1-3 Beach Rd Singapore

          Built in 1899 by the architect Swan & McClaren

          Founded by Martin, Tigran & Arshak Sarkies

          Guests include Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham,

          Rudyard Kipling, Noel Coward, Ava Gardner, Michael Jackson.

          Home of the Singapore Sling. (Please see right column>>)

          Gazetted as a national monument on 6 Mar 1987.

          Chronology of Raffles Hotel


     2.  Haw Par Villa

          262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118629

          Built in 1931. Designed by Kwok Wan Shan (Artist)

          Aw Boon Haw, son of Aw Chu Kin, who invented the Tiger Balm

          lotion, engaged Kwok, a Swatow artist, to design the place.

          The previous operators lost S$35 million over the last eight years

          running the place. A new operator has taken over.

          Admission is now free again, as in the good old days (60s, 70s).

          Opening hours: 9am - 6pm daily

     Haw Par Villa to stay open and revert to its old name Tiger Balm Gardens.

     Hua Song Museum in Haw Par Villa to open in December 2004



     3.  Chinatown

          New Bridge Road/Cantonment Road/Robinson Road/

          Singapore River areas

          Originally known as Kreta Ayer (Bullock Cart Water)

          because bullock-drawn water carts were used to clean

          the streets then.

          Note the baroque-style shophouses.

          - Chinatown Night Market opens for business


Raffles' Landing Site

     4.  Raffles' Landing Site & Singapore River

          Boat Quay

          Statue of Raffles marks what is thought to be the landing site 

          of Sir Stamford Raffles on 29 Jan 1819.

          This statue was made in 1972 from plaster casts of the first

          statue (now at Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall).

          View the Singapore River. It's a one of its kind in the world.




     5.  Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (now renamed CHIJMES)

          Founded in 1854

          Note Caldwell House; built for H.C.Caldwell, a magistrate's clerk;

          Gothic chapel and St Nicholas Girls' School buildings (1913).

          Note also the Gate of Hope along the perimeter of the place.

          Gazetted as a national monument on 26 Oct 1990.

          Their Web site is at CHIJMES.


Lau Pa Sat

     6.  Lau Pa Sat (former Telok Ayer Market)

          Robinson Road Singapore

          Built in 1894 by the Municipal Council of Singapore

          Dismantled & rebuilt from 1985-87 by Architectural Restoration

          Consultants Pte Ltd

          The octogonal cast-iron structure was designed by

          James MacRitchie, the Municipal Engineer.

          Gazetted as a national monument on 6 Jul 1973.


Sim Lim Square

     7.  Sim Lim Square

          Junction of Bencoolen St/Rochor Canal Rd

          Visit the numerous shops selling computer parts, CD-Roms, & VCDs.

          More Pictures.....


A look-in at Sim Lim Square in June 2001 revealed that the numerous shops selling pirated VCDs have disappeared from the shopping centre.

  Police surprised software pirates at Sim Lim Square on 18 Jun 2000, raiding the place on a Sunday for the first time. They seized over S$1.28 million of illegal software, including pirated video CDs and CD Roms from 10 shops and arrested 12 men.



Kuan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

     8.  Kuan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

          Waterloo Street Singapore

          Built in 1884

          A fine example of Chinese courtyard architecture



Sri Mariamman Temple

     9.  Sri Mariamman Temple

          244 South Bridge Road Singapore

          Built in 1843

          Singapore's oldest Hindu place of worship

          Dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman, known for her prowess

          in curing epidemic diseases and illnesses, such as smallpox

          Gazetted as a national monument on 6 Jul 1973.


    10. National Orchid Garden (Singapore Botanic Gardens)

         1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569

         Opening hours: 8.30am - 7pm daily

         Tickets S$2 (adults) & S$1 (children & senior citizens)


Fountain of Wealth

    11. Fountain of Wealth (the world's largest fountain)

         Suntec City, Raffles Boulevard

         Admission: Free

         Opening hours: 9am - 11am, 2.30pm - 6pm, 7pm - 7.45pm daily*

     *You can walk into the fountain and touch the water during its opening hours to get more blessings and luck. It is believed that walking around the fountain clockwise three times while touching the water will bring luck and blessings of fortune. Ardent believers walk clockwise around the fountain for two hours, between the hours of 4am and 6am, to absorb its energising properties. This is most effective if done for nine consecutive days.

     Members of organised tour groups to the Fountain of Wealth get to receive a commemorative certificate documenting the visit.

     Be entertained by the multimedia laser shows on the 360 rotating water screen, the first in the world. Enjoy free song dedications every night from 7pm - 10pm and free laser message dedications on weekends and public holidays.

     FACTS: Base area of 1683 sq metres, bronze sculpture weighs 85 tonnes, supported by four towering 14-metre high bronze legs, water jet shoots up over 30 metres. Entered in The Guinness Book of Records 1998 as the World's Largest Fountain.






30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

A dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with a slice of pineapple & cherry

The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles Hotel bartender Mr Ngiam Tong Boon.