Singapore Trip Day 4: Haw Par Villa, Vivocity, Singapore River

Because for the urban traveler with business and global acumen, Singapore is the place to be.

On to day four of the trip!

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Today’s first stop is Haw Par Villa, which is a theme park famous for its depictions of Chinese legends and folklore. Previously known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was created by the same founders of the Tiger Balm ointment – the Aw brothers.

 

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Honestly, the park was a bit strange, and the scruffiness of the exhibit only adds to its eerie atmosphere (it was pretty empty when we got there too), but it is definitely unique. The most famous part of the park must be the ‘Ten Courts of Hell“, where you will see graphic (often gruesome) depictions of the myth – parents bringing children to the park must beware.
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road Haw Par Villa

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Next, we made a stop at Vivocity, which is the largest shopping mall in Singapore. It is connected to the Harbourfront Centre, which is a shopping mall and a ferry terminal that connects to nearby Indonesian ports.

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Due to its location, you can even see Sentosa Island (you can also get to the island via the ‘Sentosa Island Monorail Express’). The mall itself is big and houses a lot of shops and restaurants – possibly my favourite shopping centre in Singapore!
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk Vivo CitySingapore 098585

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Then, we headed over to the Asian Civilizations Museum, located by the Singapore River. The museum explores the history of Asia and look at artefacts of Southeast Asian, South Asian, Chinese and West Asian cultures. I found the exhibits very interesting and with a good blend of interactive displays. I spent almost 3 hours at this location – this is possibly my favourite museum of the trip! If you were only able to visit one museum on your trip, I would recommend this one.

The museum is open daily from 10am to 7pm, with closing extended to 9pm on Fridays.
Address: 1 Empress Place Empress Place BuildingSingapore 179555

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Just outside the museum is the Cavenagh Bridge, which is the only suspension bridge and the oldest bridge to exist in its original form.

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The Singapore River makes for a good stroll and a very pretty picture.

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Then, we headed towards the Esplanade Concert Hall, where we got to watch a free choir performance. Remember to check the website for any upcoming events before you get here! Also worth visiting for the architecture.
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

And this concludes my fourth day in Singapore! Follow me to be updated on my new adventures!

And in case you missed it, check out my full Singapore itinerary:
Singapore Day 1
Singapore Day 2
Singapore Day 3
Singapore Day 5

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