Singapore: Places to Explore

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  • Bras Basah and Bugis

    Bras Basah Road and the surrounding streets were marked out by Sir Stamford Raffles as the European portion of the city in the 1800s, and now they are home to many of the city’s most important...

  • CBD

    On weekdays the Central Business District is packed with professionals traveling to and from work. High-rise office buildings and hotels fill Raffles Place, Shenton Way, Robinson Road, and many of...

  • Chinatown and Tiong Bahru

    Chinatowns are typically found in cities where the Chinese are a minority. In Singapore, however, where ethnic Chinese substantially outnumber all other groups, a Chinatown may seem out of place....

  • Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay, and Mohamed Sultan

    Set along the mouth of the Singapore River, Clarke Quay stands upstream from Boat Quay, which was a trading center during the colonial era. These days its once-abandoned warehouses and shophouses...

  • East Coast, Katong, and Joo Chiat

    The intersection of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road is the heart of Katong, a district steeped in the culture of the Peranakans, the descendants of 17th-century Chinese and Indian immigrants...

  • Greater Singapore

    The residential districts outside the hustle and bustle of downtown city life are often referred to as the heartland neighborhoods. Typically, these areas are scattered with public housing blocks,...

  • Holland Village, Dempsy Hill, and the Botanic Garden

    Holland Village is Singapore’s best-known expat district, with many terrace homes remaining from the British Army before World War II. Along with the nearby Botanic Gardens and Dempsey Hill,...

  • Kampong Glam

    The Kampong Glam neighborhood was once the home of Malay groups before British colonization began in the early 1800s. Following the reallocation of ethnic groups, Kampong Glam was designated for...

  • Little India

    One of the most easily recognized parts of the city, this area east of the Singapore River and across from Chinatown was designated as Little India during colonial rule. It has since become one of...

  • Orchard

    Orchard Road, Singapore’s bustling shopping drag, is a wide, one-way street flanked by tree-lined walkways. The road was named for the fruit plantations found here in the 19th century. The first...

  • Sentosa Island

    Sentosa, which means "peace and tranquillity" in Malay, is far from tranquil these days. Located to the south of the main island, and connected to it via a causeway, this former fishing village...

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