Friday, March 5, 2021

4 things to see in Singapore

Its skyline dominated by soaring skyscrapers resembles that of NY, but it does not have the Statue of Liberty. It has the Merlion, a statue with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, symbol of the city, which welcomes travelers to the mouth of the Singapore River. Singapore, a city-state made up of 63 islands and a mix of races, cultures and religions, is not only a world economic capital, but is increasingly becoming an attractive holiday destination. This tropical island in Southeast Asia offers many things to do and attractions to see. The ‘Switzerland of the East’, the ‘garden city’, the ‘city of primates’: call it what you want. Singapore is truly unique and stands out among other Eastern metropolises for its records.

1-The Ethnic neighborhoods

Singapore is a city where multi-ethnic neighborhoods coexist a few blocks away: in addition to Chinatown, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods, inhabited almost exclusively by Chinese, a visit is definitely worth Kampong Glam, an area with an Arab dominance, especially in the evening where the cafes and the restaurants cannot serve alcohol but make up for it with live music and the ability to smoke hookah. For shopping lovers, Haji Lane is the ideal place with its bookshops, art and clothing shops and delightful pastry-artist shops. Another neighborhood worth seeing is Little India whose beating heart is Serangoon Road, one of the oldest streets in Singapore; the street is known for its Hindu temples (including the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple dedicated to the goddess Kalì), shops selling Indian spices, jewelry and textiles.

2-The capital of street food

To try the specialties of the local cuisine, the best places are the ‘hawker centers’ and ‘food courts’, large covered markets where, among kiosks and stalls, it is possible to taste traditional dishes, such as Chinese, in a spartan and relaxed environment. fried rice, and unusual exotic dishes. A milestone among the centers of this kind is Lau Pa Sat, a temple of street food housed in a large Victorian building. Those who love culinary experiences cannot fail to go to Chinatown Food Street, the temple of Singapore’s street food. It is located right in the heart of the Chinese area, the most lively and dynamic district of the Lion City. Under futuristic glass umbrellas and along its 100 meters in length, there are 24 stalls, 6 restaurants and numerous kiosks and outdoor venues serving Asian cuisine open from 11 to 23.00. Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge is the best place to try typical local specialties. If you are looking for more exotic flavors, go to Adam Road Nasi Lemak which offers excellent Malaysian dishes or Serangoon Raju, for authentic Indian specialties. But to savor something absolutely typical and unobtainable in the rest of the world, you have to go to one of the many restaurants that serve Peranakan cuisine: a unique mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European flavors that reflects the essence of Singapore and the meeting of cultures. different that has characterized the history of the city over the centuries.

3-Gardens by the Bay

Consisting of 101 hectares, Gardens by the bay are modern and beautiful gardens. A unique place where nature and technology embrace each other giving shows at any time of the day. It contains varieties of plants from all over the world, but the main attraction is the gigantic Supertree Grove, artificial super-trees made with a mix of natural elements and lights that reach 50 meters. To see these structures up close you can walk on the OCBC Skywalk, a walkway that crosses all the gardens from above.

4-Museum of Art and Science

Opened in 2011, it represents one of the main cultural diffusion poles in Singapore and offers an innovative combination of the world of arts and sciences. The external structure of the museum is already striking the visitor, with its refined and futuristic design, which recalls the lines of a lotus flower with open petals. Inside, an area of 6,000 square meters where 21 exhibition spaces are organized. On display, many symbolic objects of human history: among them you can admire Leonardo’s flying machine. The exhibits are extremely accurate thanks also to the use of impact devices such as floating stairs and paths shaped by lights and moving images.

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