Love Singapore: 7 most Instagrammable landmarks
Singapore is beautiful. We just don't notice it that much because we see these Singapore landmarks so often that we're blinded to their beauty. Unless, of course, you're a tourist in Singapore (if so, welcome and here's how to spend 48 hours in the Lion City). So we trawled Instagram to look for the most Insta-worthy landmarks – here's to viewing our city with new eyes – or rather, lens – once again. Inspired? Don't forget to vote for your favourite or most iconic Singapore landmark in Time Out's Love Singapore campaign. Flex your knowledge of the city and cast your vote now – you have 'til April 10 to lock in your decision.
i Light Marina Bay
Bust out your cameras – the Marina Bay precinct is looking a lil brighter than usual this month as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival, i Light. Spanning three weeks this year’s showcase – which extends from Marina Bay to Esplanade Park – displays over 20 installations that use energy-saving lighting and environmentally friendly materials, and four festival zones.
National Geographic’s Ocean Wonders
Dive into the world of sharks and other wonderful marine creatures at the National Geographic’s first ever Ocean Record Breakers exhibition. Meet the sand tiger shark – the aquarium’s newest resident known for its rows of ragged teeth and vicious appearance – and learn how to capture stunning aquarium photos from the pros. Sign the little ones for a full-day workshop which features guided tours, exclusive documentary screenings and interactive activities in both the S.E.A Aquarium and the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum.
Arts in Your Neighbourhood
If you’re living in Ang Mo Kio, be prepared for an epic arts invasion coming to an open carpark or town centre near you. Held over three weekends, from March 8 to 25, Arts in Your Neighbourhood is a family-friendly bi-annual arts festival that aims to bring dance, music, theatre and visuals arts to the heartlands. And this edition puts the spotlight on the north-east estate of Ang Mo Kio. Expect an immersive theatre performance by Cake Theatrical Productions, Lopelab’s nomadic art caravan offering interactive art installations and film screenings, a neighbourhood photography trail and more – all inspired by the town’s history. The initiative also presents French street performance outfit Demain on Change Tout, who will be performing at various venues across the island including Bedok Town Square and Our Tampines Hub. The roving spectacle, The Birdman and his Chimera Orchestra, features a 3.5m-tall puppet – that’s described as a cross between an ostrich and a man – alongside musicians and an acrobat.
Art-Zoo Inflatable Park
The adorable zoo-inspired inflatable park that took over The Float @ Marina Bay last year is back with even more lovable colourful creatures that’ll delight both the young and old. Expect 15 massive bouncing zones featuring animals such as gorillas, rhinos, hedgehogs and even imaginary ones like the Yeti. But wait, that’s not all. There’s even a majestic 19m-tall rainbow unicorn (that’s about four and a half double-deck buses stacked on top of one another!) to slide down from.
OH! Open House
There's more to this iconic neighbourhood than just rows of colourful and picturesque Peranakan shophouses. Lined with chic bars and eateries, Emerald Hill was formerly a nutmeg plantation site and this art walkabout by OH! Open House brings you around the precinct to uncover tales and its history during the colonial era. Sign up for its walking tours – that's a total of three 30-minute tours and an exhibition – which lets you peek into various residents' homes to witness art installations and performances by 18 artists, including Singaporean producer Tan Kheng Hua, photographer Lenne Chai and South Korean artist Ju-Ae Park, among others.
Adventures in Grimmsneyland
Forget a true love’s kiss, happy endings and all that jazz. In Andsoforth’s latest pop-up theatrical dining series aptly named Adventures in Grimmsneyland (no, not Disneyland), fall into the wicked and raunchy side of the fairytale world where your princesses and princes are maybe not who they seem. Step through Mirror Mirror and roleplay as villagers, farmers or bystanders as you embark on a whimsical adventure. While you watch the story unfold, appetising dishes inspired by each fairytale are whipped up and served. And of course, in true Andsoforth fashion, the event’s location a secret so you’d wanna sign up to get all the deets.
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If there’s one word we Singaporeans love more than ‘discount’, it’s ‘free’. And despite Singapore being among the top in various ‘most expensive city’ lists, there are plenty of free things to do around the island. Now we're adding one more to the list of free things in Singapore: every first Tuesday of the month, Time Out Singapore is distributed free in the evenings at MRT stations around the CBD. We also regularly have giveaways on our contest page where you can win staycations, dining vouchers and more. Here, we list the best free things you can do around the city.
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