Iconic Buildings of Singapore

Singapore Architecture

In terms of town planning, Singapore is one best designed city’s in the world. It is graced with wide tree lined streets, a top rated metro system, well planned waterways and a plethora of beautiful buildings. The city is also spotlessly clean and extremely well maintained. The architectural styles are wide and varied and are influenced by many different cultures and periods of time. The following is just a taste of what the city has to offer.

Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Raffles is without a doubt the most famous hotel in Singapore. It was opened in 1887 and the architecture symbolises the Island’s colonial history. The hotel is famous for its high teas, ornate furnishings and luxurious suites.

Raffles Hotel, Singapore

The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore

The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is one of Singapore’s oldest performing arts venues. It has been restored to its 1905 neo-classical glory and is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The complex is made up of two buildings which are joined by a central clock tower and common corridor.

The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore

Supreme Court of Singapore

The Supreme Court of Singapore is housed in a modern eye-catching building which replaced the old colonial halls of justice in 2005. The ‘flying saucer’ like top of the building is a modern interpretation of the old Court building’s central dome.

Supreme Court of Singapore

CHIJMES Hall, Singapore

CHIJMES Hall is a historic building complex in Singapore which is now used as a multi purpose hall(the old chapel building) and an art gallery(Caldwell House). The complex was originally used as a Catholic convent known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus.

CHIJMES Hall, Singapore

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

 

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a performing arts centre located close to the Marina Bay Sands Resort. The centre consists of a theatre that can seat up to 2000 people and a concert hall that has a capacity of around one thousand eight hundred guests.Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Marina Bay Sands Resort

Marina Bay Sands is made up of three hotel towers and a roof that looks like an extraterrestrial surfboard or luxury liner perched on top of a tripod. The whole resort encompasses a hotel with more than two thousand five hundred rooms, a one million three hundred thousand square foot convention/exhibition centre, a mall, a museum, two large theatres, restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world’s largest atrium.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

St Andrew’s Cathedral – Singapore

St Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest religious building in Singapore and is the islands oldest Anglican Church. Church services continue to be held on a regular basis in the church and the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir is the oldest musical institution in Singapore.

St Andrew’s Cathedral – Singapore

Tokyo Disneyland

The majority stakeholders of Tokyo Disneyland are licensed to operate two theme parks on a fifty hectare property on the outskirts of Tokyo. The resort is split into two theme parks. Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are world class and are highly rated by Disney Theme Park pundits. Some of the quality characteristics that are highlighted in many reviews of the theme parks include exceptional themes, polite/efficient/friendly staff, superbly maintained equipment and the high quality of the rides.

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is rated by many as the top Disney theme park in the world. I have to say that I prefer the rides at Tokyo Disneyland but was captivated by the attention to detail, elaborate design and overall beauty of DisneySea. The park is built around various harbours that are individually themed and include the American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor, Arabian Coast, Port Discovery and Lost River Delta. The Mediterranean Harbor (below) is a work of art and it is worth stopping at one of a variety of restaurants and refreshment houses to take time out to enjoy your surroundings.

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Tokyo Disneyland Sunset

The American Waterfront at DisneySea is perfectly positioned to take in a glorious sunset before the start of the evening parades at the park.  002b Japan 427

SS Columbia, Disneysea

The SS Columbia at DisneySea houses one of the top restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland and also hosts a number of open air musicals an a  daily basis at the Dockside Stage. 002b Japan 402

Tokyo Disneyland

As is the case with most Disney theme parks, Cinderella’s Castle is the signature building of Tokyo Disneyland. The castle is strategically positioned at the centre of the Disneyland park.

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, and it opened to the public in April 1983. It has most of the popular rides associated with the Disney theme park brand including Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours and Splash Mountain.002b Japan 476

Mount Prometheus at Mysterious Island

The DisneySea park entrance end of Mediterranean Harbor is a perfect place to capture a long exposure nightscape of Mount Prometheus.

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Mediterranean Harbor, Tokyo DisneySea

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Tokyo Disneyland Entrance

The adventure and fun begins almost as soon as visitors exit the Maihama Station and head towards the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland. Mickey and Friends are there to greet you in both physical and sculpture form.002b Japan 488

The Esperance Experience

If you are looking for a beach holiday destination in Paradise then look no further than Esperance in South Western Australia. The beaches are unbelievably white and uncrowded. The water is an inviting azure colour and the scenery is out of this world.

Thistle Cove – Esperance

Thistle Cove is one of a number of acclaimed beaches in Cape Le Grande National Park and, despite this, it is seldom crowded. Not only is the beach spectacular but so is the surrounding bushland and granite headlands.

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Esperance Agriculture

Esperance is home to just under ten thousand people and its major industries are tourism, agriculture and fishing. The main crops grown in the region are wheat and to a lesser extent canola. If you time your visit right, the roads leading to Esperance are line with fields of gold and yellow as the wheat ripens and the canola plants blossom.

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Esperance Countryside

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Albany, Western Australia

Albany is less than five hours drive from Perth and is an excellent stopover for anyone visiting Esperance. I only spent a day in Albany and decided that it is a destination well worth visiting in future.

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Frenchman Peak – Esperance

Visitors to the Esperance region should set aside time to drive to Frenchman Peak and hike to the cave that is close to its summit.

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