Singapore Trip: Day 2 – Museums and Orchard Road

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

On the second day of my trip, I got to use my 3-day museum pass which I previously had bought online. It gives me access to 8 different museums within a 3 day period. The pass that I got gave me access to 8 museums in Singapore, including the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, National Singapore History Museum, Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, Red Dot Design Museum, and Reflections at Bukit Chandu.

Tip: If you love visiting museums like I do, I would definitely recommend getting a pass like this. While the museums are definitely worth the full admission fee due to Singapore’s rich culture and history, no one can argue against a discount.

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My first stop is the Peranakan Museum, which explores the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia. I found this museum very educational, and would recommend spending 2 hours here. It opens from 10am to 7pm, and they provide guided tours in the afternoon.
Address: 39 Armenian Street Peranakan MuseumSingapore 179941

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Singapore’s art scene

Next stop, the Singapore Philatelic Museum, which showcases the history of stamps and a huge collection of stamps.

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Look over there!

Trust me, it may not sound interesting at first, but it was surprisingly interactive and educational. This museum is especially good for children. The museum opens from 9:30am to 7pm, I would recommend staying an hour or so here, I spent a little over an hour. 
Address: 23B Coleman Street Singapore Philatelic MuseumSingapore 179807

About an hour later, as we walked away from the museum, we came across this interesting red and white Edwardian building.

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Turns out, it was the Vanguard Building, which took over the old MPH Building (a bookstore). Stop by if you’re interested in its history or architecture!
Address: 71 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178895

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It is only about a minute away from Singapore’s Central Fire Station in a similar red and white structure. It is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore.
Address: 62 Hill St, Singapore 179367

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Then, we walked over to Fort Canning Park, which was basically across the street. This park is a historical landmark that has witnessed many history events and periods of Singapore. It goes back to when the Malays ruled, where historical artefacts of Malay monarchs from the 14th century have been uncovered. It is also the site where the British army settled during wartime.

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After enjoying the serene trails in the park, I headed towards the National Singapore History Museum which was conveniently right behind the park. This is Singapore’s oldest museum, and is definitely worth a visit. I spent approximately 3.5 hours here! They are open daily from 10am to 7pm.
Address: 93 Stamford Road National Museum of SingaporeSingapore 178897

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As I headed back towards my hotel, I also stopped by SAM at 8Q, which is an extension of the Singapore Art Museum. As you can see, the building is colourful and contemporary! I would recommend this museum to those that enjoy art museums, I spent an hour here. This museum opens from 10am to 7pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 10am to 9pm on Fridays.
Address: 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535

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After spending most of the day in museums, I felt like I needed to relax from the information overload. So, we walked down Orchard Rd, did some shopping and then more sightseeing at Raffles City and Raffles Hotel.
Address: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673

And this concludes my second 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 3
Singapore Day 4
Singapore Day 5

 

Singapore Trip: Day 1 – Waterloo St and Marina Bay Sands

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

Singapore is one of the most urbanized country in Asia, so no doubt, I knew I had to visit it one day. Singapore is a sovereign city-state located in Southeast Asia, south of Malaysia. Due to its dense population with over 5.6 million people, Singapore is also very culturally diverse, with many practicing different religions (such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Hinduism, etc.). While their national language is Malay, the country’s four official languages English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Singapore uses the Singapore dollar (SGD) as currency.

Continue reading to see some tips and how I spent my first day (and the rest of my trip) as a first time traveller to Singapore!

We flew into Singapore’s Changi Airport mid-day, so we really only had half a day to explore. After we checked in to our hotel to freshen up and leave our luggage in the room, we headed off to our first spot!

Tip: Consider getting an EZ-link tourist pass that lets you travel unlimited for a specific period of time. Then, you won’t have to worry about insufficient funds, especially when you’re not good with directions (like me!).

Since it was our first time in Singapore, we decided to join the Singapore Foot Prints tour which is led by student volunteers. The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long and is a great way to get an overview of the city and communicate with locals. Best of all, it’s free! We met our tour guides (2 young ladies studying hospitality in university) in front of the subway station, and we started our tour of the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct.

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First stop is the cute building that is the Jacob Ballas Centre and The Jewish Welfare Board, which provides support for Jewish people who travel or live in Singapore. First look at the multicultural population in Singapore.
Address: 24-26 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187950

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Next stop is the Singapore Art Museum, housed inside a beautiful building that used to be a school. Open from 10am to 7pm.
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555

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Next stop, is St Joseph’s Church, with a Gothic Revival architecture and latin cross. It is a Roman Catholic church built by the Portuguese Mission.
Address: 143 Victoria Street, St. Joseph’s ChurchSingapore 188020

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We continue to walk down Waterloo St, which is a long street in the heart of Singapore and passes many attractions and landmarks – great for first time travellers! We passed by the Fortune Centre, which is a commercial building. Nothing special there, but houses many eateries inside and in nearby buildings.

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We reached the Sri Krishnan Temple, South Indian Hindu temple worshipping the Hindu deity Sri Krishna.

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Due to Singapore’s multiculturalism and the temple’s proximity to another Chinese temple, many Chinese devotees come to worship at this temple as well.
Address: 152 Waterloo Street, Krishnan TempleSingapore 187961

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A minute away is the Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple, a Chinese temple that worships the Goddess of Mercy. The temple is usually busy and crowded with many devotees offering joss sticks and praying.
Address: 178 Waterloo Street Kwan Im TempleSingapore 187964

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Afterwards, we head towards the Bugis Street market, the biggest market in Singapore where people come to bargain for the cheapest souvenirs, accessories, clothes, electronics, housewares and cosmetics. Although very crowded, the market also offers lots of food options. You’re bound to find something here!
Address: 4 New Bugis StSingapore 188868, Singapore

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We had dinner and did some shopping after our tour ended, and decided to spend the rest of the night at Marina Bay Sands, where we saw the iconic hotel (the one that looks like ‘pi’). The building that looks like a flower beside the hotel is the ArtScience Museum.

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We walked around the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and had some more late night food. The complex was filled with high end stores, and was beautiful and air-conditioned.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay SandsSingapore 018972

We stayed for the Spectra Light and Water show, just outside the shopping complex along the promenade. The show explored the multicultural side of Singapore and beautifully complemented Singapore’s skyline. Best of all, the show is free. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend this 15 minute show to anyone visiting Singapore for the first time.
The show times are 8pm and 9 pm everyday, and an additional show at 10pm on Friday and Saturdays. 

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And this concludes my first 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 2
Singapore Day 3
Singapore Day 4
Singapore Day 5