City Travel Tip #1268
Walking down the Singapore River – some highlights to look out for
The Singapore River is an important landmark in Singapore’s history. Long ago, the mouth of the Singapore River was a bustling site of trade and commerce. Today, the Singapore River is lined by office buildings, museums and restaurants. At 3.2km long, walking along the Singapore River is lovely scenic activity, as long as you start walking early in the day before the weather gets too hot! Here are some highlights to look out for and get your camera ready:
1. Merlion statue: Half-fish and half-lion, this is Singapore’s national icon. The statue is a popular photo-taking spot for visitors.
2. Sculptures: There are a number of sculptures by Singaporean artists along the River. See how many you can spot on your walk!
3. Helix Bridge: This pedestrian bridge has a unique design of a double helix resembling a DNA strand. You can walk along the Helix Bridge and get a very good view of the city skyline.
4. Singapore Flyer: Just like the London Eye, this is a huge observation wheel. At one point, it was the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel.
5. The Esplanade: This is a performing arts centre and has a distinctive shape resembling two halves of a durian (local thorny fruit).
If all that walking works up an appetite, don’t forget to check out the Makansutra Gluttons Bay hawker centre at the Esplanade. Alternatively, you can give the many restaurants along the river a try too.
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