The Asian Civilisation Museum is an institution which forms a part of the three museums of the National Museum of Singapore. As one of the National Museums of Singapore under the National heritage Board, ACM seeks to promote a better appreciation of the rich cultures that make up Singapore’s multi-ethnic society. It is the first museum in the region to present a broad yet integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. The museum specialises in the material history of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia, from which the diverse ethnic groups of Singapore trace their ancestry. It also traces the pan diverse cultural roots of modern Singaporeans.
This section is about all the great things you can experience in Singapore.
Probably the most unusual way to do your sightseeing is to board the Wacky DUCK, an amphibious American military craft once used in the Vietnam war, for an-hour long DUCKtour heritage trail on land and water. The journey brings you up close to Singapore’s famous skyline, famous historical landmarks and gorgeous bay views. You’ll also be hearing the Singapore story from the DUCKtainer commentating live onboard the craft.
Where wonders bloom – there’s so much to explore and discover in Singapore’s newest icon, Gardens by the Bay. An awe-inspiring 101-hectare green zone with choice restaurants and garden spaces which provide unique discoveries at every turn. With a diverse range of plant life from every continent except the Antartica, , there’s plenty to see in this national garden – perhaps more than you can fit in a day!
Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a flock of flamingos. It is currently the world’s largest bird park in terms of number of birds, and second largest both in number of bird species and land are (after Germany’s Weltvogelpark Walsrode).
Arab Street, true to its name, epitomizes the Arabian way of life. Here, one can freely observe conservatively-dressed Muslims hurrying towards the Sultan Mosque once the call for prayer reverberates, robe-clad Arab men puffing away on their apple-flavoured sheeshas (tobacco pipes) and cigars, and black abaya (Middle Eastern women)-clad women haggling over the prices of Oriental carpets.
A waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay, near the mouth of the Singapore River. It is purpose-built to be the centre for performing arts for the island nation of Singapore. Taking its name from the nearby Esplanade, it contains a Concert Hall which seats about 1,600 and a Theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 for the performing arts.
You can play golf at almost anytime of the day, since most of the clubs are also open in the evenings; some clubs even offer night golfing till 11.00pm. With an extensive selection of clubs, all landscaped in lush greenery, you will be spoiled for choice. And don’t you worry about your handicap, as most courses offer multiple tee-off positions, which mean you can enjoy the run of the fairways, regardless of your skill level. A number of driving ranges are also available where you can practice your drive.
If you are up to it, you can also take a day trip to regional golf courses in neighboring Bintan, Batam and Johor.
During the colony’s early history, under the Raffles Plan of 1822, the settlement was divided according to different ethnic groups which included European Town, Chinese, Chulia, Arab and Bugis Kampongs. In Malay, the word “kampong” means village or settlement, and “glam” is the name of a particular tree which grew in abundance in the area in early Singapore.
Singapore’s Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. It is here that many of our Chinese immigrant forefathers first set up homes. It is the traditional Chinese quarters of town, and while the entire city is largely Chinese these days, the area does retain some of its own charm.
Fort Canning is a small hill slightly more than 60 metres high located in the Central Area that forms Singapore’s central business district. Although small in physical size, it has a long history intertwined with that of the city-state due to its location as the highest elevation point within walking distance to the city’s civic district within the Downtown Core.
More than 600 years ago, the renowned Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho embarked on his brave mission to discover new lands and peoples. He sailed across oceans and seas, spreading China’s influence to Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa. Some accounts say he even reached America several years.
Little India is an ethnic neighbourhood found in Singapore that has Tamil cultural elements and aspects of other cultures. It is an ethnic enclave containing a large population of Indian people within a society where the majority of people are not South Asians, yet has a high concentration of South Asian shops and restaurants.