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Asian Civilisations Museum

Colonial District & the Quays 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The fine, jewel-box Asian Civilisations Museum was opened in a colonial-era riverfront structure. Articles Singapore's Modern Revolution. — Travel + Leisure

Singapore's confluence of Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures makes it the ideal place to learn about these civilizations and their historic interactions. — Concierge

Set in the neoclassical Empress Place Building by the historic Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum is a pioneering museum that explores traditional aspects of pan-Asian culture, — The Telegraph

If you have time for only one museum, this is the one I recommend. — Frommer's

The only museum to feature the four major cultures that have shaped Singapore. — Michelin Guide

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Holland Village, Dempsey Hill & The Botanic Gardens 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This beautiful 166-acre property is an oasis in the otherwise urban landscape of the city. — Condé Nast Traveler

A veritable oasis where over 2,000 varieties of trees, plants and flowers - see the National Orchid Garden. — Michelin Guide

Carved out within the tropical setting lies a marshgarden awash with water lilies and papyrus plants. — Frommer's

Established in 1860, this wonderful 52-hectare park retains an aura of Victorian gentility, with its swan lake, symphony stage and themed gardens. — Lonely Planet

Explore Singapore Botanic Garden like a local: go for a jog through the meandering pathways framed by lush greenery or, if not, take part in one of many complimentary exercise classes. — The Telegraph

Night Safari

Singapore 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Next door but completely separate from the zoo is the Night Safari. You can walk around the three trails in the 40-hectare forested park but the best experience is via the tram. — Lonely Planet

You can see the wild animals prowling around at night in this equatorial jungle barely lit with discreet lighting. — Michelin Guide

Given Singapore’s blistering weather, a trip to the zoo is most appealing after dusk — The Telegraph

The first of its kind when it opened in 1994, this twilight zoo is as close to a real jungle adventure as most of us will ever want to experience. — Condé Nast Traveler

Right next to the Singapore Zoo, the safari is the world's first wildlife park designed exclusively and especially for night viewing. — Fodor's

Sultan Mosque

Little India & Kampong Glam 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Singapore’s largest Muslim house of worship, the gold-domed Sultan Mosque, is the focal point of the Kampong Glam neighborhood east of Little India. Walk along the nearby pedestrian-only... — Afar Magazine

Today it remains as a functioning mosque with a prayer hall which can accommodate up to 5,000 people in mass prayer. — Condé Nast Traveler

Singapore's largest mosque is the golden-domed focal point of Kampong Glam. — Lonely Planet

The best view of the Sultan Mosque is at the junction of Bussorah Street and Beach Road. — Fodor's

Though more than 80 mosques exist on the island of Singapore, Sultan Mosque is the real center of the Muslim community. — Frommer's

National Museum of Singapore

Colonial District & the Quays 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cutting-edge exhibitions on topics somewhat unexpected for this conservative city-state. — Condé Nast Traveler

Known as the Raffles Museum when it opened in 1887, this building with a silver dome has 20 dioramas depicting the republic's past. — Fodor's

Fascinating. — Michelin Guide

The grand dame of Singapore's museum scene is located in the history-drenched neoclassical 19th-century building that once housed the former Raffles Museum and Library. — Lonely Planet

The premises of the National Museum are as interesting as the exhibits inside. — Frommer's

Singapore Zoo

Northern & Central Singapore 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Singapore Zoo, on the northern side of the island, is one of the best in the world. — Concierge

Set on a peninsula jutting into the Upper Seletar Reservoir, the Singapore Zoo is world class. — Lonely Planet

They call themselves the Open Zoo because, rather than coop the animals in jailed enclosures, they let them roam freely in landscaped areas. — Frommer's

Sprawling over 69 acres of a 220-acre natural rainforest, this zoo has stunning views of nearby reservoir lakes. — Fodor's

Singapore Zoo attracts 1.5 million visitors every year. — Michelin Guide

Peranakan Museum

Colonial District & the Quays 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This small branch of the Asian Civilisations Museum illuminates the fascinating culture of the Peranakans, people born of intermarriages between Chinese immigrants and locally born Malays. — Frommer's

If the Asian Civilisations Museum overwhelms you with its sheer size, the decidedly boutique Peranakan Musuem will enthrall you with its vivid display of Peranakan costumes, porcelain, furniture and artefacts — The Telegraph

Formerly the Tao Nan School, built in 1910, this grand colonial building now houses the first museum in Southeast Asia devoted to the story of the Peranakans. — Fodor's

A small museum housed in a beautiful three-story schoolhouse from the early 1900s, the Peranakan Museum comes as a revelation to those who aren't familiar with Singapore's unique... — Afar Magazine

Appropriately, for a building that was once converted from a Chinese school, the permanent exhibition of the Museum began with a focus on different aspects of Chinese culture and civilisation. — On the Grid

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Chinatown & the CBD 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Oddly, while Chinatown’s most famous Hindu temple is swamped, its oldest and most important Hokkien temple is often a haven of tranquillity. — Lonely Planet

Built... by Chinese immigrants in honour of the sea divinity Ma Zhu Po. — Michelin Guide

Thian Hock Keng, the "Temple of Heavenly Bliss," is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore. — Frommer's

This structure—the Temple of Heavenly Happiness—was completed in 1842 to replace a simple shrine built 20 years earlier. — Fodor's

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Sri Mariamman Temple

Chinatown & the CBD 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Singapore's oldest Hindu temple has a pagoda-like entrance topped by one of the most ornate gopurams (pyramidal gateway towers) you're likely to ever see outside of South India. — Fodor's

Paradoxically in the middle of Chinatown, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, originally built in 1823, then rebuilt in 1843. — Lonely Planet

Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in the city, is decorated with a host of multicoloured statues of divinities. A must-see during your tour of Singapore's Chinatown. — Michelin Guide

Both beautiful and creepy, it is full of intricacies and mystery. — Afar Magazine

As the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, Sri Mariamman has been the central point of Hindu tradition and culture. — Frommer's

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Gardens by the Bay

Marina Bay 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Not one to do things on a small scale. So when it decided to add more green to the Garden City, it settled on Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare garden. — Condé Nast Traveler

The latest blockbuster attraction at Marina Bay. — Lonely Planet

Singapore's landscaping project is home to 18 incredible Supertrees.  — Atlas Obscura

Large-scale gardens next to Marina Bay Sands opened with much well-deserved pomp in 2012. — Fodor's

Be wowed by the 165ft Avatar-esque “super-tree” structures, land-scarce Singapore’s nod to vertical gardens, that come cloaked in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. — The Telegraph

Jurong Bird Park

Singapore 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Jurong industrial area features a host of interesting attractions. — Michelin Guide

The region's leading bird park hosts the largest walk-in aviary in the world, with a 100-foot man-made waterfall (the world's tallest). — Fodor's

The world-class Singapore Zoological Gardens are famous for being open, natural, and perfectly in tune with their lush jungle setting. Stroll between enclosures or take the tram to see... — Afar Magazine

This viewing tower boasts a stained glass ceiling and a futuristic night-time view over the lights and flaming stacks of the Jurong Island industrial zone. — Lonely Planet

Jurong BirdPark, with a collection of 9,000 birds from more than 600 species, showcases Southeast Asian breeds plus other colorful tropical beauties, some of which are endangered. — Frommer's

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Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Little India & Kampong Glam 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The highpoint of your tour of the Temple of 1,000 Lights, one of the city's most famous religious buildings, is the monumental statue of a sitting buddha (13m high) illuminated by 989 electric lightbulbs. — Michelin Guide

Opposite the Leong San See Temple, the Sakaya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, also known as the Temple of 1000 Lights, is dominated by a 15m-tall, 300-tonne Buddha. — Lonely Planet

Thai elements influence this temple, from the chedi (stupa) roofline to the huge Thai-style Buddha image inside. — Frommer's

The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya is better known by its popular name because, for a small donation, you can pull a switch that lights countless bulbs around a 50-foot Buddha. — Fodor's

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East Coast Park

Singapore 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A narrow strip of reclaimed land, 8.5km (5 1/4 miles) long, tucked in between the shoreline and East Coast Parkway. — Frommer's

This park has sundry water sports and recreational facilities and a cool sea breeze makes it the best place in town for running. — Fodor's

The whole park has been superbly designed so that the many leisure facilities don't crowd the green space. — Lonely Planet

You'll never be bored in East Coast Park, the largest and most popular park on the island of Singapore. — Michelin Guide

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Fort Canning Park

Colonial District & the Quays 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A major site overlooking the Colonial District. — Michelin Guide

Mall-crazy Singaporeans often overlook this gem of a park. — Lonely Planet

These days, Fort Canning Park is known for great views over Singapore, but in days past, it served as the site of Raffles's home and the island's first botanic garden. — Frommer's

Offering a green sanctuary from the bustling city below, Fort Canning is where modern Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, built his first bungalow. — Fodor's

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Chinatown 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Its main drawcard is what is reputed to be the left canine tooth of the Buddha, recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar,. — Lonely Planet

This $62 million dollar temple was erected to house one little dental fragment of religious history.  — Atlas Obscura

Built in the Tang Dynasty style, this is actually a Chinese cultural center. — Frommer's

In itself, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most visually stunning pieces of architecture in all of Singapore. But it was the surrounding grounds that really drew me... — Afar Magazine

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Padang

Colonial District & the Quays 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bordered on one end by the Singapore Recreation Club and on the other end by the Singapore Cricket Club, and flanked by City Hall, the area was once known as Raffles Plain. — Frommer's

Singapore's colonial showcase, features the best examples of this architectural style in Southeast Asia. — Michelin Guide

This grassy field is home to the Singapore Cricket Club and Singapore Recreation Club — Lonely Planet

Used primarily as a playing field, the Padang (Malay for "field" or "plain") is behind the Singapore Cricket Club. — Fodor's

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Pulau Ubin

Singapore 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A 10-minute bumboat ride (motorised sampan) from Changi Point Ferry Terminal lands you on the shores of Pulau Ubin — Lonely Planet

North of the main island of Singapore lies the tiny island of Pulau Ubin, far from the modern urban world — Michelin Guide

Take a 10-minute ride on a bumboat (a small launch) from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to reach this boomerang-shape island. — Fodor's

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MacRitchie Reservoir

Singapore 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 30-acre park has a jogging track with exercise areas, a playground, and a kiosk. — Fodor's

MacRitchie Reservoir makes for a calming, evocative jungle escape. — Lonely Planet

MacRitchie is a huge park comprising lakes, jungle trails, and a reservoir where running groups and nature lovers come to raise their heart rates and see all manner of flora and fauna — Afar Magazine

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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Orchard Rd, Holland Road & Bukit Timah 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you like your nature a little wilder than what's found in manicured urban parks, then this is the place for you. — Fodor's

Believed to be as old as 1 million years, it's the only place on the island with vegetation that exists exactly as it was before the British settled here. — Frommer's

In botanical terms, this 400-acre nature preserve is fabulously rich: Scientists estimate that there is a greater diversity of plant life here than in all of North America. — Condé Nast Traveler

Singapore’s steamy heart of darkness is Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a 164-hectare tract of undeveloped primary rainforest clinging to Singapore’s highest peak, Bukit Timah. — Lonely Planet

This place is magical. It's just a short cab ride from the heart of Singapore, but it feels like you've stepped into another world—a jungle. — Afar Magazine

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Little India & Kampong Glam 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dedicated to Kali the Courageous, a ferocious incarnation of Shiva's wife, Parvati the Beautiful, this temple was built in 1881 by indentured Bengali laborers. — Fodor's

Thaipusam is a festival celebrated by the Tamil community in Singapore each year. — Afar Magazine

Dour Brahman priests perform their time-honored devotions to the destroyer goddess Kali. — Travel + Leisure

Today it remains a popular meeting point especially during the four daily puju (prayer) sessions. — Condé Nast Traveler

This Shaivite temple, dedicated to Kali, is the most colourful and bustling in Little India. — Lonely Planet

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