What to See
Why is this area called Bugis Village? In 1950, this place was the destination of the Bugis sailors who want to trade with local people of Singapore.
During 1950 to 1980, Kampong Bugis or Bugis Village has been well known because this area was established as local nightclubs. After that there are many changes. This area turned into a market area with permanent buildings without changes even if surrounded by large buildings. The interesting thing about this area is still maintaining and keeping some form of existing buildings, and this area became the main attraction for tourists.
Bugis Village, today, is the market that sells all kinds of goods such as souvenirs, with lower price. T-shirts, bags, ornaments, knick-knacks, paintings, and even sex stores can be found here. We still able to make an bargain with traders based on the type and condition of goods. So if you are going to shopping here, do not forget to always make bargain in order to get reasonable price. Besides souvenirs, we also can find fresh fruits as well as juice. We also can visit the coffee shop and eating house usually located in the outside before we entered the street in the form of hall and corridor.
Still in Bugis Village areas, we can also visit the Parco Bugis Junction. Uniquely, this shopping place is built using glass cover and this architecture style is the first in Singapore. So even in the spray of hot sun, visitors who walk in the Parco Bugis Junction still feel the shade and coolness. In this shopping center, visitors can visit the various shops that sell all kinds of electronic goods , clothes, including accessories. Especially for those who love the variety of clothing specially labeled such as Astro Boy-themed products to Superman, they can find them at Parco Bugis Junction.
If you still have time, you can also see the two places of worship of different religions, namely Krishnan Temple and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. These places are built very close to each other and only a few meters apart. Around this area there are a few stores that sell the tools of worship for Buddha and souvenirs for tourists.
Near Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, you can find a variety of lotus crysant flower that usually sold one dollar per stem. So it can conclude that Bugis Village not only provide the market with cheaper price but interest also place with its own unique.
2009 FORMULA One Singtel Singapore Grand Prix
Get the ultimate Formula One racing experience at the 2009 Singapore GP. See top F1 drivers & Formula 1 racing teams in action at the Singapore GP.
Temperatures are set to rise when the Formula 1 Grand Prix returns to Singapore on 27 September 2009, with fast and furious action happening in the Marina Bay race circuit. Being the only Formula 1 night race and one of the two Formula One street-racing (the other being Monaco), locals and visitors alike have been in ticket buying frenzy.
If you haven’t got your ticket by now, grab it before too late. Race Promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd has announced on 20 July 2009 that the sale of the remaining early bird tickets will be discontinued as of midnight, 31 July 2009. All tickets will then revert to regular prices from 1 August 2009.
Complementing the world’s only FORMULA ONE night race, the Singapore GP Season 2009, organized by Singapore Tourism Board, will take place from 18 September 2009 to 27 September 2009, presenting a slew of exhilarating race-themed events, intoxicating parties and irresistible retail and dining experiences, all with an Asian touch.
While you are in Singapore, pamper your taste buds also. Singapore?s cultural diversity is very much reflected in the variety of local food it has to offer ? Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and much, much more. The palatable pleasures they serve will definitely makes you enjoy your stay even more.
Be prepared for adrenaline-pumping and breath-taking events that will rev you up to the world-class FORMULA ONE action!
Singapore National Day is observed yearly to celebrate Singapore’s Independence on 9 August 1965.
Singapore celebrated its first National Day in 1966, one year after Singapore’s independence from Malaysia.
This year, the 44th birthday of Singapore falls on Sunday, 9 August 2009, with this year theme is ?Come Together ? Reaching Out, Reaching Up?
As the National Day (Independence Day) holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday, 10 August 2009 will be a public holiday.
One of the most important aspect of this holiday is the National Day Parade.
The National Day Parade is a national ceremony in Singapore that, as its name implies, includes a parade on Singapore’s national day on August 9, in commemoration of Singapore’s independence.
The first National Day Parade started in the morning at 0900. People came as early as 0700 in order to get good vantage points. Singapore’s first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak and Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, were seated with members of the government at the grandstand on the steps of City Hall.
Over the years, the Parade has become the biggest national event in Singapore. What is perhaps most memorable at each celebration is the fireworks display marking the climax of the parade; the sky would be bursting with the wonderful colors of the visual vista, dazzling it as well as the hearts of fellow Singaporeans. On this very special occasion, most Singaporeans would be decked out in patriotic colours – namely, red and white.
The Singapore National Day Parade is usually held in the Singapore National Stadium or the Padang. For the first time in 2007, it was held in Marina Bay and future parades, including this year’s 9 August 2009 National Day Parade will be held there until the new sports hub is completed in around 2011.
Due to the enormous popularity and support from the people, in 2003 Singapore government set up the e-balloting ticketing system. Such ticketing system enables citizens to stand a chance at winning the tickets(free of charge) by registering their e-mail addresses or mobile numbers at the NDP website or phonelines.
While it is very unlikely for visitors to ever get hold of the Parade ticket, you can always join the local and tourist crowds at the Waterfront (near Esplanade) to enjoy the beautiful fireworks.
Some hotels (e.g. One Fullerton) also have rooms well positioned to view the fireworks display.
Where to go in Singapore? What are the popular destinations? What are the places of interest in Singapore?
We got asked these questions quite frequently.
Singapore is one of the most amazing places in the world to go on a vacation with incredible tourist attractions, great nightlife, awesome cuisines and wonderful spa retreats.
A lot of people like to go on a Singapore holiday in order to make the best of their vacations and have a great time with their friends and family. It is a shockingly modern city and a fantastic place to visit during the holidays. It has a great deal of almost everything to offer to its visitors. The major tourist attractions will leave you bewitched with its charm.
So to give you a bit of overview, here we compile a list of Popular Holiday Destinations & Tourist Attractions in Singapore
Sentosa island is the undisputed No 1 most popular holiday destination of Singapore. In brief, it is a whole island converted into an attraction park. It is big and will probably take you 1-2 whole days to explore everything. Sentosa Island is the answer of Singapore to Disneyland, and will be even more so with the opening of Universal Studio with the Integrated Resort (IR) next year.
Beach lovers can enjoy exciting games and sea sports along the 3.2-km long sandy beaches stretching across Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong.
Fort Siloso is the Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort stands as an important window to our colonial past and a poignant reminder of the war years.
What else to do ? Ride a movie (Cinemania) / Join the army (Fort Siloso) / Spot sharks without getting wet (Underwater World) / Admire butterflies / Erupt yourself (VolcanoLand) / Splash yourself (Fantasy Island) / Fall for dolphins (Dolphin Lagoon) / Climb the Merlion for a panoramic view / Walk on a dragon / Have a look at other countries (Asian Village) / Relax on spotless artificial beaches / Rollerblade on the alleys or rent a bike / Spot skeleton on a nature walk / Have a photo with a snake / Watch monkeys getting coconuts / Walk a suspended bridge / Admire a collection of shells / Cool off by one of the numerous fountains or manicured gardens (orchid, scented, spices,…) / Bike on water / Dream at the musical fountain / Stand on the southernmost point of the Asia continent / Ride the monorail around for free / Dance on the beach in swim suit at the two beach bars (regular foam parties as well) / Swim in the laguna
From the world famous city, comes the world famous shopping destination – the Orchard Road Singapore. There are over 30 malls and shopping centers located in the stretch or road, closely connected to each other by pavements and underground pass. Here, you’ll find everything like the stylish Louis Vuitton, the exquisite Bergdorf Goodman, the elegant Tiffany & Co., the ever popular Prada, the immaculate Versace, Cartier, Fortunoff, Dior, Fendi, and Chanel. And the list goes on and on?
As a multiracial country, Singapore host a number of unique destinations which celebrates the cultural diversity of the different races. Here are some places where you can experience the culture, customs and traditional festivals.
1. Geylang Serai
It was earlier known as the Geylang Kelapa; Geylang Serai was an abode to many of the Malay Kampongs. It is famous for the exquisite quality of lemongrass that grows here in abundance. There are traditionally made Malay-Kalimpong houses and a cultural museum as well.
2. China Town
China Town was historically the home to Chinese population who lived here. The place can be best explored on foot and can be marveled at the various interesting areas of Chinese worship. The main places of worship include the Thian Hock Keng temple, Sri Marimman temple and the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. The China Town market is very popular for its cheap bargains where you can buy a lot of stuff like the textile, medicinal herb and Chinese handicraft.
3. Little India
Little India is a district endowed with Indian culture’s ethnic elements. The most attractive features of here are Sri Veeramakaliamman temple and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple. The latter is known more for its massive Buddha statue. Exquisite Indian silk, brassware, gold jewelry and trinkets can be bought from the exotic market. Little India’s cuisine and henna are also very popular.
4. Arab Street/ Kampong Glam
The colorful district of Kampong Glam got its name from a local tree, Gelam. It has a Malay Heritage Centre and Sultan Mosque. Also known as the Masjid Sultan, the mosque excels in architectural splendor. The textiles, fabrics and the baskets made of cane, straw and rattan of the market, trinkets, and perfumes are very famous here.
As for a taste of Singapore nightlife, some popular night spots highly recommended are Chijmes Singapore , Singapore Boat Quay, Mohammed Sultan Road, Singapore Robertson Quay and Holland Village Singapore. Arguably, some of the most popular party destinations currently are Zouk, St James Power Station (coal-fired power station turned into large entertainment complex), and MoS (Ministry of Sound)
As a metropolitan where most of the population dines out, Singapore naturally has huge array of gastronomical offers. From posh five-star restaurants to economical food hawker centers, you can find and enjoy international as well as local food almost everywhere in Singapore.
You will never go wrong with the well-known Singapore tourist attractions such as the Singapore Zoo, Singapore Night Safari (Night Zoo), Jurong Bird Park and the Singapore Flyer etc.
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