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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

Singapore Panorama’s

Singapore is a city filled with outstanding architecture ranging from old colonial to modern and has influences from many different parts of the world. There is so much to capture when visiting the city. A fitting way to portray the beauty of its skyline is through a series of panoramas.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is prominently located and is visible from many vantage points around the city. It is situated on the west side of Marina Bay and has become a symbol of the architectural creativity, since its opening in 2010. To the left, the Art Science Museum, with flower shaped design, adds to the artistry of the scene.

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National Gallery Singapore

The National Gallery was opened in late 2015. It houses world’s largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art. The building was previously the Supreme Court and City Hall. It took a decade to refurbish. It is more than appropriate that one of this island nations most historic buildings should now become keeper of many national artistic treasures

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Marina Bay North Shore

The view across the bay to Marina Bay North reveals a growing number of modern feats of creative engineering. These include the elaborately designed Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, The Float at Marina Bay and hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental and Ritz Carlton. This area is also home to the Singapore Flyer which is currently ranked as the worlds largest observation wheel.

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Singapore River – Asian Civilisations Museum View

Strolling along the Singapore River is an excellent way to spend a morning and to take in the many sites and to get a feel of the buzz of the city. Pausing close to the Fullerton Hotel and looking across the river towards North Bridge is rewarded with views of the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Supreme Court and the Parliament of Singapore.

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Singapore River – Boat Quay View

Boat Quay is the area of water between North Bridge Road and Anderson Bridge. It is a popular night hotspot. This part of Singapore was an important commercial centre in the mid nineteenth century and, although businesses have moved elsewhere, it is now filled with bars and restaurants. 001a Singapore 068.70

Singapore Wide Angle Panorama

Singapore is a small island measuring just 719 square kilometres and has a population of 5.8 million people. This means that space is at a premium and most construction is upwards rather outwards. The panorama below is just a portion of a skyline which is dominated by skyscrapers. 001a Singapore 297.300