Singapore Flyer - An Exciting Way in Enjoying Panoramic Attractions of Singapore
When people have the opportunity to visit Singapore, riding Singapore Flyer is an activity they should consider to try.
Transported to the height of 165 m above the earth and hence boasted as the tallest flyer in the world, Inside glassed capsules, people will be brought traveling around 360º in sky enjoying the awesome scenery of Singapore in obviously different sensation and becomes once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Singapore Flyer is located at Marina Bay. The place is quite near Promenade MRT station that makes it very accessible. Besides by MRT which stops at Promenade station, the flyer location can also be reached by bus or by taxi- besides, you certainly can go there by your own car, of course.
When you walk out of the Promenade MRT station, you'll see part of huge wheel of Singapore Flyer in the sky in the distance and it help you find the right direction to go to the flyer location.
What attractions can be enjoyed ?
In the elevation of 165 m above the earth, from the bird view locations inside 28 secure glass-cased capsules, we felt the giant wheel, slowly but sure, started to move round. Inside this quite spacious capsule room with capacity for up to 28 people, the passengers lifted to fly and gradually give them scenery of the city. We can see well-planned areas of historical and popular landmarks like Raffles Place, Merlion Park, Singapore river, Esplanade, Singapore F-1 circuit, Empress Place, Singapore floating platform/stadium, glimpses of Singapore neighboring countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, and many more sights.
Thanks to Questions-Answers forum in HubPages that I finally found out names of some objects I didn't recognize.
Places and landmarks we can enjoy while riding Singapore Flyer :
Marina bay sands
Marina Bay Street Circuit. The only F-1 Night Race is held here.
Gardens By The Bay.
Esplanade Theaters on the Bay where people can enjoy world class performances.
Marina Bay Floating Platform, a floating steel platform where ports, concerts, exhibitions, the arts and cultural performance including National Day Parade take place regularly.
Passengers flying together with me were all enthusiastic with their activities in the flyer. Almost all of them of course didn't miss opportunity taking pictures in turns. A family with two children tried to give fun-learning activity to their children related with every object they observe below by asking their respective names and functions.
Some also had their own way in enjoying the flight. Standing against the glass wall, they speechlessly saw outside and pointed their cameras when they saw interesting objects. They did that several times from different angles.
For those whose cup of tea is photography, they can indeed satisfy their skill in photography by taking pictures and get extraordinary panoramic beauty that other photographers won't have the ability unless they ride Singapore Flyer too.
It was about to dusk at that time, so I was also treated with attractive colorful glimmering lights coming from the edifices below. For low light lovers, such condition was also a challenging object in photography.
To be able to ride Singapore Flyer, people have to buy a ticket which cost 29.50 S$ for adult, 20.65 S$ for children, and 23.60 S$ for senior citizen.
Prior to entering the flyer platform, visitors pass multimedia galleries which present Singapore's dreams. The galeries are devided in 7 categories : The Prelude, The Dreamscape, The Discovery, Fragment of Dreams, Dream Journal, Dream Reflections, and Reservoir of Dreams.
Those seven dreams depict many aspects of Singapore, and featuring the basis of the city as Futuristic, Cosmopolitan and Global City, Garden City and Multi-racial and Cultural City.
Flying in Singapore Flyer takes around 30 minutes. The feeling of excitement the riders feel make the time was too short. Although the ticket price 29.50 S$ was pretty costly for my budget, but considering it might be once-in-a-life-time experience flying in the tallest flyer in the world made the ticket price sounded reasonable.
After enjoying the excitement of the ride, visitors are welcomed by mini rain forest which is located in the terminal area of the flyer. Here people can take a walk enjoying lush vegetation, water displays, streams, and rocks.
Flyer or Ferris Wheel ?
Flyer and Ferris wheel are of the same kind of structure that they consist of rotating wheel and gondolas, cars or capsules which are hanged around the wheel and move following the rotation of the flyer or the wheel. In those gondolas or capsules passengers are accommodated and enjoy the scenery presented during the wheel ride.
Many countries in the world have their own ferris wheels and they are called in different names, like :
Navy Pier in Chicago
Santa Monica Pier
The Big-O in Tokyo, Japan.
Riesenrad in Vienna, Austria, .
The London Eye, 443 ft (135 m)
Tianjin Eye, China, 390 ft (120m) tall.
Niagara Skywheel, Canada, 175 ft with the main view of Niagrara Falls.
Bianglala (Rainbow), Indonesia. Viewing the Java sea, this is one of the most wanted rides at Dufan Amusement Park, in Northern Jakarta.
The New York Wheel, with 625-feet in height, this will be the highest ferris wheel in the world, higher than the Singapore Flyer and the London Eye.