The Iconic Singapore Waterfront & Gardens by the Bay

Singapore waterfront

Before going to Singapore, I knew exactly four things about the city: 1–I knew it was a famous port city; 2–I knew gum was illegal; 3–I knew of the city’s reputation as being squeaky clean, and 4–I knew there was a giant boat-shaped restaurant on top of two skyscrapers. This “boat” is part of Singapore’s famous waterfront skyline, a new-ish development that’s been built up around Marina Bay. Nearly every part of the waterfront is new or newly renovated, and the development isn’t over. Every part of this neighborhood oozes money and luxury.

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While wandering through the Marina Bay area, we kept seeing and hearing things about Gardens by the Bay, a garden that we were told was simply spectacular, and not to be missed. Our curiosity piqued, we made our way up to the garden. Yes, you read that right. Up. Getting to the garden required going into the famous mall (part of the “boat” building), up a very, very steep and long escalator, and then over a sky bridge. Once we found this garden in the sky, we were not disappointed. I believe my first words were something like “This looks like Avatar!”

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The gardens are definitely unique, and evocative of something less than earthly. They were so, so beautiful, and I wish I could tell you how much we enjoyed our time wandering through them, but the truth is, it was unbearably hot. We were there in the afternoon, and the sun was direct and quite brutal that day. We spent most of the time ducking into the small pockets of shade and downing our water as if it were the last water we’d ever see. Other than the heat though, the gardens were fantastic. However, hit them up in the morning before it’s too hot, or do it up Asian style and carry an umbrella to block the sun!

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To get to Singapore’s waterfront, take the North-South line on the MRT to Marina Bay. 


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6 Responses to “The Iconic Singapore Waterfront & Gardens by the Bay”

  1. Amanda December 4, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    I love your pictures of the Marina Bay Sands! And now I am super upset I didn’t go to Gardens by the Bay, that looks awesome.
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    • Andrea December 4, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Thank you! The gardens were really cool, I just wish I wasn’t such a baby about the heat that day! I remember having a hard time enjoying it all.

  2. Gram Anne December 4, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    The architecture is astounding! I love it!

    • Andrea December 10, 2012 at 12:27 am #

      Yes, the buildings in this area are very cool, Singapore has definitely invested a lot of money in making this waterfront area pretty!

  3. Lori Finley December 10, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Your pictures were beyond amazing! Singapore is spectacular. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    • Andrea December 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Thank you! It’s easy to take nice pictures in photogenic places 🙂

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