The Magic of Singapore
This post marks the end of my journey to magical Singapore. Whilst sifting through the photographs, I realised that I had taken very few nightscapes during my trip. I decided that this, in itself, is reason to return in the not too distant future.
St Andrew’s Cathedral Interior.
St Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Singapore. This is reflected in the spacious interior which has towering ceilings and a fifty five metre long aisle. When entering the church look for the following:
1) The Canterbury Stone which is set in a pillar by the lectern.
2) The Coventry Cross, on the column supporting the pulpit.
3) The Coronation Carpet in the Epiphany Chapel.
These objects come from the United Kingdom and symbolise the affiliation of the Church with the Anglican Communion in England.
The church has an interesting history. For instance, in 1942, shortly before the fall of Singapore during World War II, the cathedral was used as an emergency hospital. Church services were suspended and only resumed in 1945, after the Japanese surrendered.
The Singapore River flows for a distance of just over three kilometres from the Central Area. It has been the nations lifeline for over a hundred and fifty years from a time when fishing was the principle activity on the island.
The river has three quays along its course. Taking a bumboat cruise from any one of these quays is a popular and relaxing tourist activity.
Dragonfly Sculptures, Marina Bay Gardens
The Dragonfly sculptures are the main feature at Marina Bay Gardens Dragonfly Lake. Each metal work of art has a unique child rider. Each of these sculptures is a celebration to the joys of childhood.
Supertree Grove & Skywalk
The population density on the small island of Singapore is extremely high. This means that land is at a premium and every bit of free space has to be utilised efficiently. The Singapore authorities have not been deterred. They have tackled the problem head on and with practiced creativity.
First off, there has been a long term policy of land reclamation. A massive twenty two percent in total land size has been added, by using earth obtained from quarries, the seabed, and rock purchased from other jurisdictions.
There has also been a high level of creativity. This can be seen on almost every building where it is legislated that there has to be a certain percentage of green area incorporated into the structure. This is also evident at Gardens by the Bay where the Supertrees are vertical gardens that rise twenty five to fifty metres above the ground. Over one hundred and sixty thousand plants, from tropical flowers to ferns and climbers, cover these alien like structures.
Cloud Forest – Gardens by the Bay
The Cloud Forest is the smaller of two conservatories at Gardens by the Bay. It covers an area of two acres and replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions of South-East Asia and South America. Inside this conservatory the main attraction is the forty two metre high ‘Cloud Mountain’ which is completely covered by epiphytes (ferns, orchids, bromeliads and more)
Gardens by the Bay – Wood Carvings
Not only does Gardens by the Bay feature plants but there are also wonderful sculptures and intricate wood carvings. These fine works of art complement the beauty of the plant displays.