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Nights in Singapore Part 2
Part 2 of my feature of nights in Singapore. If you haven't, please check out part one for more night photography of this modern city.
Raffles Statue at Boat Quay
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles of the British founded modern Singapore in 1819. Nowadays, his last name represents the best of Singapore, be it hotels, schools or even beers. A statue honours him beside the Singapore river, backed by the skyscrapers of Singapore. If you are venturing to him, do check your maps before going. He is at the end of an alley, and could be a little hard to locate. East India Company
National Museum of Singapore
Singapore is a relatively young city. Despite that, it still has a colourful history, transiting from British crown colony to an occupied trophy of and finally to a sovereign state. To learn more about Singapore's journey to nationhood, visit the Imperial Japan,National Museum of Singapore. Completely restored in 2006, the museum features many colourful, state-of-the-art interactive displays. Come sundown, the historical building is also atmospherically lit up, making it a lovely subject for evening photography.
People's Park Complex
You'd encounter this venerable structure when visiting Singapore's Chinatown area. It looks decisively dated and is incongruous with the rest of Singapore's sleek new buildings, but in its heyday, People's Park Complex was a symbol of progress for the city state. It was also the first shopping centre of its kind in Southeast Asia, and set the trend for future retail development in the country. Nowadays, it is still a popular retail spot, particularly with mainland Chinese migrant workers. It is also where tourists go to for air conditioning, after a sweaty stroll in the crowded streets of Chinatown.
Gardens by the Bay, Cloud and Flower Domes
I mentioned Gardens by the Bay in part one, and showcased its iconic Super Trees. The trees aren't the only attraction in this expansive park, there's also the Cloud Dome and Flower Dome. These are conservatories housing a myriad of plants, with regular exhibitions such as tulips from the Netherlands or Sakuras from Japan. At night, they grace the seafront of Singapore like two shiny clams. An eye-catching, modernistic installation not to be missed. And again, perfect for night photography enthusiasts.
Singapore ArtScience Museum
Plenty of development happened around the southern tip of Singapore over the last ten years. One of the most striking buildings built was the ArtScience Museum. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, its shape brings to mind the graceful curves of lotuses, or that of a gentle cupping hand, depending on how you look at it. The ArtScience Museum features touring exhibitions curated by other museums, and is part of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated resort. If visiting, remember to check out the package tickets, some of which might also include Gardens by the Bay.
Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort
The only structure more eye catching than the unusual ArtScience Museum is the immense triple towers of Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. There are many nicknames, at least locally, for these ultra-modern skyscrapers, particularly its cantilever "SkyPark." None would prepare you for the grandeur, especially when the whole resort comes alive nightly during laser shows. The SkyPark itself could be visited for fine dining, to swim in its infinity pool (you need to be a resort guest), or simply to behold modern Singapore from high up. Raffles himself would be much thrilled by this view from high up. Did he ever imagine the "kampung" he landed at, would transform into such a metropolis? I do wonder.
Spectacular view of nights in Singapore from Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
Two lofty shots from Marina Bay Sands SkyPark during early evening. On clear weather days, the twinkling lights stretch to the horizon.
National Day Celebrations
I end this feature on nights in Singapore with a picture 2013 Singaporean National Day Parade celebrations. Each year on August 9th, the city state celebrates its independence and sovereignty with an extravaganza of lights and fireworks. Tickets for the yearly parade are difficult, if not impossible, for tourists to obtain. However, be around the Marina Reservoir area where the celebration is usually held, and you stand a good chance of seeing the fireworks. With the Singapore Skyline glowing in the background, this might just be the best night photography opportunity of the year. Something definitely not to be missed, if you are travelling to Singapore in August.