MacRitchie Reservoir Singapore

MacRitchie Reservoir Singapore

Built and maintained around Singapore’s largest reservoir – part of a water catchment system that captures rain water – the park and nature reserve is situated at the very heart of Singapore and is a very popular destination for runners, water sports enthusiasts, and of course nature lovers. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy the tranquility of walking with your head above the trees, you’ll get your chance at the Treetop Walks, a 250-metre aerial free standing suspension bridge spanning the two highest points within MacRitchie Reservoir.

Tree top walk: This free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points in MacRitichie and offers a bird’s eye view of the plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.

Water sports: You can rent kayaks at the Paddle Lodge for some fun in the water. There is a designated area for beginners, and another one for experienced paddlers.

Walking Trail: This 11km walking trail that circumnavigates the reservoir is an excellent way to take in the area’s natural attractions. There are no maps available, but map boards situated along the trails and directional signage at junctions will help you find your way.

 

Bird & nature watching: The tranquil nature and the natural habitat is a heaven for nature lovers. The sanctuary is one of the best places for bird watching.

 

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Attractions in Chinatown Singapore

Attractions in Chinatown Singapore

Chinatown in Singapore is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, with low rise buildings and culture bursting out onto the streets, from the fragrant smells of traditional cuisine to the bold red and golden tones that run through the neighborhood. An area that is proud of its heritage, and has lots to display. The Chinese, Buddhist and Hindu temples, museums galore and plenty of opportunities to soak up in the bustling streets Here is what we can do in Chinatown.

Buddha Tooth Relic temple

A beautifully crafted 4 storey temple build on the Buddhist mandala style. The main hall of the temple is beautifully designed and decorated.  Some other attractions are the bell tower and the drum tower. Fourth floor of the temple has the sacred relic in the two meter gold stupa. The roof of the temple houses a large prayer wheel, which the devotees turn while offering their prayers.

Buddha tooth relic temple

Buddha tooth relic temple : Wiki

Tooth relic temple by lingering coldness flickr

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple by lingeringcoldness Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Mariamman Temple

One of the oldest shrines in Singapore and a major place of worship for the Indians, in the country. The temple was built in honour of the goddess Mariamman the deity of diseases and protection.

Mariammaa temple

Mariammaa temple by Nicolas @ Flickr

Red Dot design museum

A small gallery showcasing various objects of day to day use, giving a clue on how stuff works. Though it is a small place but any techno geek will be able to spend a couple of hours easily.

Street Market

These busy streets encapsulate all the sights and sounds visitors expect of Chinatown, with hundreds of stalls selling everything from silk robes to lucky cats. There are plenty of ‘Made in China’ goods on display and lanterns swaying in the breeze above your head. There’s also a fantastic range of street food carts amongst the shopping, with fresh dim sum and crispy duck. Remember to haggle with a smile if you want the best price. The market is open during the day, but it looks its most picturesque at dusk, with the lights shining brightly and the sound of hawkers tempting you to check out their wares.

Chinatown Market

Chinatown Market

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Thian Hock Keng, or the Temple of Heavenly Happiness, is the oldest and probably most interesting Chinese temple in Singapore. You can find this colourful temple along Telok Ayer Street, in the middle of Chinatown.

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Thian Hock Keng Temple – Wikimedia

Singapore City gallery

Opened in 1999, it aims to teach visitors how modern Singapore came to be, and how the city planners continue to plan sustainably. The most impressive part of the gallery is the Central Area Model.

Chinese New Year celebrations

In case you are in Singapore around the Chinese new year then this is the best time to be in Chinatown, the celebrations start from the evening and continue late night with lots of performances, carnival parades, food, shopping and endless fun.

New year Celebrations

New year Celebrations

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East Coast Park

East Coast Park

East Coast Park (ECP)

A beach park located n the south east coast of Singapore, built after the reclaiming the land in 1970. It is the largest park in Singapore built on the reclaimed land. The Park is one of the most beautiful and relaxing areas in the neighborhood. The park is a popular place for people to relax and unwind. The park has barbecue pits, chalets, food centers and amenities for various sports activities. Visitors can fish at Bedok Jetty (Area F). A cycling and inline skating track runs along the perimeter of the park, which measures over 15 km long.

Lilliput Indoor mini golf

LilliPutt Indoor Mini Golf is Singapore’s first themed indoor mini golf course and has 10,000-square-foot facilities within the Playground at Big Splash complex on East Coast. LilliPutt – meaning the little land of golf – features a creation of miniatures of well-known Singapore landmarks around an 18-hole indoor mini golf course, each of them fitted with visual animation and sound effects.

National Sailing Center

The Center run by the Singapore sailing federation conducts sailing and wind surfing.

East Coast seafood Center

The seafood center started with 8 food joints and gradually gained popularity among the locals as well as the tourists. The food centers is almost packed to full strength on any evening and is famous for serving Chili Crab, Black pepper crab & Mee goreng. The visitors can enjoy the cool breeze, natural surroundings, sound of the waves and the delicious food.

Marine Cove

If you wish to be in a more sophisticated place to taste the cuisines and enjoyments, Marine cove has a lot of options from Mc Donalds,  Cafes’, restaurants, bars and bowling ally.

Bedok Jetty

A long fishing jetty located in the park, along with the people fishing you can find Cyclists, rollerbladers, joggers and photographers in and around the jetty.

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Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Since 1971, Jurong Bird Park is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world. Jurong Bird Park is home to the colours of the world, as Asia’s largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 400 species. The park located at the west-end of Singapore, offers 20.2 hectares of exploratory landscape and gives visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with our feathered residents.

Lorry Loft

About nine storey high and covering 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft), the Lory Loft is the world’s largest walk-in flight aviary for lories and lorikeets, with over 1,000 free-flying lories. The ambience is similar to that of a rainforest valley in tropical Northern Australia. Visitors can offer the lories a special nectar mix.

Birds of Prey

Visitors watch birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and falcons, who will fly in loops and soar above the treetops. Visitors also learn about falconry as these birds are put through their paces in a simulated hunt.

Parrot Paradise & Pools Amphitheater

The visitors can find all the species of parrots from across the globe. Visit the Pools Amphitheater for a spectacular interactive show with the birds performing on the commands of their instructors.

Pelican Cove

Visitors catch a glimpse of all seven species of pelicans, including the endangered Dalmatian pelican. There is a board-walk where visitors can stroll and observe the birds. Visitors can also see the pelicans at the world’s first underwater viewing gallery for pelicans, where the birds scoop up fish at feeding time. An interactive session conducted by the park also sheds light on the life of the pelicans.

Flamingo Lake & The walkway

Walk around the mystique beauty of nature and experience the Flamingo lake inhabited with flamingos of all sizes and see them perching around in the open.

World of Darkness & Penguin Coast

Experience the lifestyle of 2 different types of bird species in 2 different habitable conditions. The world of darkness gives the visitors a closer looks at the life of the birds of darkness, the owls. On the other hand experience the fun loving penguins perching in their natural habitat giving full fun to the visitors.

Penguins

African Waterfall Aviary

The African Waterfall Aviary is the second largest walk-in aviary in the world, covering 2 hectares (4.9 acres) and including more than 600 free-flying birds of more than 50 species. The aviary is named after the 30-metre (98 ft) tall Jurong Falls, one of the world’s tallest man-made waterfalls.

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