Singapore is known for many things, especially now that its tourism rate is definitely rising each time! Some says that it is a small yet wonderful country, some admire its diverse culture, and of course most travellers notice its cleanliness that makes it the "Fine City." However, what we love about Singapore the most is it may be a dot on the map, but it does not fall short on interesting places to see!
In our last visit there, I became obsessed searching for the colourful places that are not only total eye candies, but also rich to their own history. The next time you visit Singapore, try to make a stop at these places:
Bugis Spiral Staircases
Found in the Back Alley of Bugis Village, these colourful staircases in Bugis never fail to become a total Instagram-worthy spot in Singapore. There is also not much said history as to why it is one colourful stretch of staircases, but according to some locals, the vibrant colours were applied during the restoration works with the shophouses in the past.
Address: Back alley of Bugis Village, Victoria Street
A few minutes walk from the iconic staircases of Bugis, this colourful buildings was once a home for some residents and businesses of Singapore. This year, it is feared to be demolished to give way for the country's North-South Expressway.
Having a glimpse of this group of buildings definitely made us think of what the people that lived here felt when they were about to leave. Were they sad or happy when they knew they had to look for new opportunities in life? We stared for minutes and minutes just to find answers to everything that does not even need questioning. But we think that's what abandoned places make you feel anyway, it was just too bad that we weren't able to see Rochor's common area on where people used to meet back in the days.
We do not know when this place is fully saying goodbye to everyone, yet if you have time to spare, do check out this place to see wonders that will eventually not catch the light of day in the future.
Forgive us for not knowing the exact name of the district, all we know is that this place is right in front of one side of Rochor Centre. This might not be the most colourful place as well, but if you have extra time during your walk, we believe that it is great to get lost in this area too. Aside from the cheap marts in this place, you will also be able to see some Indian restaurants that offer affordable good tasting food!
If you happen to know this place and could review it better than us, do comment on this post!
If you are searching for things to go to in Singapore, chances are you already got yourself a personal tour and nice introduction about the shops and art pieces that reside in this area. But did you know that the shophouses in the present time were ones lodges for Haji pilgrims during their journeys in Singapore?
Not only that, but these shophouses were also once the residences of the poor Malay families who eventually left the area around the '70s. Yes, Haji Lane was once an abandoned place that was later on restored due to modernisation and is now home to some famous street art pieces and shops in Singapore.
Yet another colourful place that could surely win your heart is Little India. This area was built during the Colonial Singapore time on where the Indians resided here due to the British policy of ethnic segregation. Indeed, there were so many issues alongside to that, but when the 20th century happened, it slowly turned into one beautiful neighbourhood that is now a home to some beautiful tourist spots in Southeast Asia.
Our personal favourite are the houses at Koon Seng Road, besides the fact that they are appealing to the eyes, these houses are definitely rich in history too! The place was named after one of the first thirteen students at Singapore's Anglo-Chinese School, Cheong Koon Seng, who is apparently one notable individual of the country too.
However, the most interesting fact for me is that the area was inhabited by Peranakan Chinese back in the days and the houses were built around the '20s-'30s. The architecture and colours of the houses were also inspired by the Peranakan Chinese architecture. And around '50s-'70s gangs and violence prevailed the area, which resulted for some families to move out. In the present time, the neighbourhood is now a mix of the original families and the new generation of Singaporeans and Koon Seng Road is now one of the historical places of the country and was even conserved in 1991.
How to go there (Take note that this route is from Marina Bay Sands): Take a train from Bayfront to Dakota and from Dakota Station walk a little bit further to Blk 99 to wait for bus 16 going to Aft Daku Rd
Old Hill Street Police Station
This establishment never failed to amaze me and at the same time make me sad; you see, this was the first jail of Singapore. The colours itself could bring happiness to your current state, but imagine its life back in the days, how many souls are now trapped and lives inside one of the most colourful places in the country. Up to this moment, I'm quite not sure how to feel every time I see this, all I know is that it's beautiful and during our time there, we always loved to pass by the Old Hill Street Police Station in both daytime and nighttime.
Just a note, one great feature of the building in the present time is its very own ARTrium, which houses various galleries and even holds different artistic performances that you should visit in Singapore.
Nearby places that you could also go to: Clarke Quay, Fort Canning Park, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum
Singapore's Chinatown is by far the best Chinatown for us. Its colours at night are just so beautiful that made us fall in love with the place even more. In here, you could also buy cheap souvenirs and even eat some good yet affordable Chinese cuisine!
In addition, pay a visit at Sri Mariamman Temple which is located at the other end of Chinatown.
Gardens by the Bay
The perfect way to end your night is to watch Gardens by the Bay's Light Show at 20:45, purely because it's one magical daily happening to see in Singapore. Just imagine all those lights sparkle right in front of you with some good music that could relax your being. It's just beautiful and we highly recommend for you to see this moment at least once in your life.
Since the crowd favourites Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are already closed right after the Light Show, there are other attractions to still see around the area. We highly recommend for you to drop by at the Sun Pavilion with the Gardens' beautiful cactus collection, but if you do not fancy that, a walk around the area is also nice for you to have a different view of the trees and Marina Bay Sands.
And if you are travelling alone and just wants to have a simple nice evening in Singapore, go to the viewing deck area of Gardens by the Bay near Satay by the Bay because that is where you could beautifully see the Singapore Flyer with all the city lights.
Tip: Dine at Satay by the Bay for dinner, the place has a good food selection and are really affordable too!