The Civic District

Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1827, the Civic District is where Singapore as we know it began.

Nearby Attractions

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Merlion Park
An iconic park that is home to the national mascot of Singapore: the Merlion (and its cub).
Thian Hock Keng Temple
The oldest and most important Fujian temple in Singapore, dedicated to Mazu, Taoist goddess of the Sea.
Peranakan Museum
The first of its kind, this museum showcases the culture of the Straits-born local people with interactive exhibits and multimedia displays.
Bugis Street
A vibrant 800 stall market which at night is ablaze with neon.
Sri Mariamman Temple
The oldest Hindu Temple in the city, built in 1827 in the South Indian 'Dravidian' style. It's embellished with six tiers of Hindu deities, painted in bright colours and with fantastic detail.
The Yong Gallery
A celebration of traditional Chinese arts and crafts, including exceptional calligraphy, the Yong Gallery is well worth a visit.

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Explore Singapore in Half a Day
In this four hour tour, your expert local guide will endeavour to immerse you in Singapore’s rich and vibrant history; showcasing some of the fantastic sites around this truly multicultural city. 

  • Commence your tour with a drive around the civic district 
  • Pass Singapore's iconic sights, such as PadangSupreme Court City HallCricket Club and Parliament House 
  • Explore the views over Singapore at Marina Bay 
  • Snap photos of the iconic Merlion cub
  • Proceed to Chinatown, and visit Thian Hock Keng Temple 
  • Immerse yourself in the National Orchid Garden 
  • Conclude your tour with the sounds and scents of Little India 
Flourishing Singapore

Since independence in 1965, Singapore has risen to become a hugely wealthy city-state, shaking off its reputation as a stopover, to flourish as a premier tourist destination in Southeast Asia. 

Starting at your hotel, or at a prearranged meeting point, your personal tour of Singapore will begin with a drive around the civic district; regarded as the birthplace of modern Singapore and the unofficial centre of the city.

Not to be missed, you will have the pleasure of seeing the Padang, Supreme Court City Hall, Cricket Club, and beautiful Parliament House. Your next stop will be at the Marina Bay where you will be able to enjoy stunning views over the city. Here you will have the opportunity for a photo with the enigmatic symbol of the city- the Merlion cub, a mythical creature, half lion and half fish. 

Multicultural City

You will then proceed to Chinatown to visit the Thian Hock Keng Temple; one of the oldest Chinese temples in the city. Absolutely not to be missed, is the Singapore Botanical Gardens, which contains the National Orchid Garden, boasting a comprehensive collection of tropical and cooler climate orchids. Your tour of the great Singapore will end In Little India where you will have the pleasure of experiencing an authentic taste of sub-continental culture and cuisine.

Travel Curious Tip: Build up your appetite on this tour, and then experience authentic cuisine at your final stop, Little India.

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it invites travellers to explore Singapore's iconic sights in a short space of time.


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