Most interesting wonders of Singapore
Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Singapore.
- Bukit Timah Monkey Man. Although the Bukit Timah rainforest is very small and surrounded by modern city, there are reports about hominid living in this forest.
- Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – 1.64 km² large patch of rainforest in the middle of major city, one of the few places in the worls with natural rainforest in the city. This is well preserved fragment of rainforest with more than 840 species of plants and more than 500 species of fauna.
Man made landmarks
- Masjid Sultan – one of most important and beautiful mosques in Singapore. Mosque was built in 1826, then rebuilt anew in Saracenic style in 1928.
- Sri Mariamman Temple – oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, founded in 1827. Especially impressive is gopuram – entrance tower which is covered with painted sculptures.
- Thian Hock Keng – oldest Chinese temple in Singapore, founded in 1839. In this ornate temple are practized Tao and Buddhist religions.
- Gardens by the Bay – three beautiful waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. One of national icons of Singapore, developed in 2005 – 2012. Includes such amazing structures as the Flower Dome (world’s largest columnless glasshouse with Mediterranean climate), Supertrees Grove (25 and 50 m tall tree-like structures – vertical gardens), the amazing Cloud Forest Dome and others.
- Singapore Botanic Gardens – Botanical garden with an area of 74 ha, established in 1859. Includes a patch of natural rainforest as well as very rich collections of tropical flora. Important example of tropical botanical garden in European colonies, which was used as a tool in economical botany.
Other man made landmarks
- Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay – enormous center of performing arts with unique, bold design making the building similar to a giant fruit of durian. This theater was built in 2002.
- Fountain of Wealth – world’s largest fountain, built in 1995. Largest part of this fountain is giant bronze ring with a circumference of 66 m, raised 13.8 m above the ground.
- Marina Bay Sands – world’s most expensive building with the costs of its development reaching 5.7 billion USD. Construction was completed in 2011 and involved a number of innovative technologies. This iconic building consists of three 55-floor hotel towers topped with a single structure – SkyPark at the height of 200 meters. SkyPark includes the unique Infinity edge swimming pool with breathtaking views on the city from this pool.
- The Helix Bridge – 280 m long pedestrian bridge, built in 2010. Bridge represents a double spiral and is similar to a model of DNA. Bridge has impressive lighting.
- The Pinnacle@Duxton – world’s tallest public housing buildings, a group of seven connected 50-floor buildings. Complex includes world’s two longest skygardens, each is 500 meters long. Buildings are 156 m tall and were built in 2009.
Described wonders of Singapore
Albeit it is small, Singapore now is one of world’s most developed nations and it shows in its landmarks: here are found several marvels of modern architecture and engineering. Quite a few locations in Singapore look like a glimpse into far future of technologically advanced civilization.
Featured: Bukit Timah Monkey Man
It is hard to believe that there is near pristine rainforest just 12 kilometers from the heart of Singapore – one of the most important cities in the world. And it is even harder to believe that in this small forest patch may live the legendary Bukit Timah Monkey Man.
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