There is much more to see in Singapore. The distinctive history of Singapore has given rise to a number of landmarks and memorials - each a poignant reminder of a chapter of Singapore's past. Old Parliament House and The Elephant Statue is Singapore's oldest government building. Raffles Hotel, opened in1887 and gazetted as a National Monument in 1987. This grand Old Lady of the East is one of the world's last great 19th century hotels. Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles is also a very famous landmark of Singapore.
The Singapore River was the lifeline of Singapore where its first immigrants eked out a meager living and saw Singapore transform from an obscure little fishing village to a great seaport. And into a modern metropolis famous for its skyscrapers, the Merlion and "gastro-mania". Highlights on the banks of the Singapore River include Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, landmarks and memorials such as Merlion Park and Parliament House, museums such as the Asian Civilizations Museum as well as temples and mosques such as the Tan Si Chong Su Temple and Omar Kampong Melaka Mosque.
A multi-cultural society, Singapore has many churches, mosques, Chinese temples and Hindu shrines.
Singapore's national museums bear testimony to its culture and history. You can discover marvelous collections and catch noteworthy exhibitions held regularly at the different museums. You can sample the different facets of Singapore under one roof at Images of Singapore Museum located on Sentosa. Singapore Discovery Centre traces Singapore's milestones and achievements through fun and interactive exhibits. With more than 850 interactive exhibits, the Singapore Science Centre is an active learning ground for children and an eye opener for adults.
Snow City, Singapore's first indoor snow centre with snow-covered ski-slope and play area, uses an entertaining yet educational approach to introduce the concept of snow and cold climate.
In keeping with its reputation as the "Garden city", Singapore has many lush gardens and parklands. Some of them are Chinese Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Mount Faber and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
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