Singapore – Suntec City to Botanical Gardens and Back

We had purchased our City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Tickets before we left our Florida home. We paid $48 for two people. We purchased the ticket through Isango!, a tour consolidator. At the kiosk by the Suntec City HOHO bus stop, it only took a minute to scan the voucher and give us our ear buds and maps. The Yellow Line bus was waiting, we hopped on and we were off.

Singapore is an affluent country in Southeast Asia located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its three largest ethnic groups are Chinese, Malay and Indian. These three groups make up 98.6% of the population. The four official languages are Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil. Malay is the National language, though English is the main working language. Singapore is an extremely multi-cultural place, with a lot of high rise housing. After Monaco, Singapore is the 2nd most densely populated sovereign state on the planet.

The Singapore Flyer, a large observation wheel a few blocks from our hotel.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The architecture speaks for itself.

The Citibank building is Tower 1 of Asia Square, and home of the Citibank Marina View Branch.

A very interesting building in central Singapore.

The OUE Tower at 60 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049322. It houses Tong Le Private Dining. A reviewer on TripAdvisor says: “It’s Still Superb if you don’t look at the Bill!”

A street sign in Singapore’s Central Core directs one down Stamford Rd. toward St. Andrews Rd. to these locations:

  • Victoria Theatre
  • Victoria Concert Hall
  • Supreme Court
  • City Hall
  • Singapore Cricket Club

The Esplanade Concert Hall with its sister structure, the Esplanade Theater at left behind it. The Esplanade Mall is between the buildings.

This building looks like it has a protective exoskeleton.

A gnarly old Heritage Tree (rain tree) sits in front of the Singapore Recreation Club on Connaght Drive on the edge of the historic Pedang playing fields. It was founded on July 1, 1883, by a group of 30 Eurasian men. The Singapore Cricket Club sits on the opposite end of Pedang.

This building houses the Parliament of Singapore. The Parliament is Unicameral (one body which meets in one room). Together with the President of Singapore, it makes up the Legislature.

This building offers a variety of shapes and surfaces in its design. It really draws attention.

Each facade section of this building on River Valley Road has its own color theme for shutters and window frames. In this photo alone, we see blue, green,gold and red.

An artistic variant on looking at the world through rose colored glasses.

Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058282. Shopping, dining and beautifully lit river frontage at night.

Manhattan House, 151 Chin Swee Road. This is a commercial building used for office space and retail sales.

The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Singapore, River View, 382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629 Singapore. On the edge of the iconic Singapore River in the Robertson Quay area.

Jade Emperor Temple (Geok Hong Tian) at Havelock Road. This is a Taoist Temple, built to honor the Jade Emperor. His birthday is the 9th day of the 1st lunar month. In the evening of the 8th day, many Taoists come to pay their respects. This temple used to be surrounded by attap houses and slums. Now it is in the shadows of high rise housing projects and hotels.

Jade Emperor Temple (Geok Hong Tian) at Havelock Road. This is a closer view.

Bright and colorful Singapore Housing and Development Board (HDB) housing blocks. People buy individual apartments from the government agency. Singapore has the world’s 2nd highest population density. They expand vertically.

Are these structures from this planet?

Heritage trees with at least six different architectural styles behind.

View of Camden Medical Center, 1 Orchard Blvd., Singapore with Heritage Trees in front.

The United States Embassy in Singapore. Notice the Great Seal of the United States of America, as well as Old Glory flying on the flagpole.

Colorful mixture of architectural styles on buildings surrounding the Hard Rock Cafe in Singapore.

Ion Orchard Shopping Mall. Tenants include Tiffany’s, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. This is in the world famous Orchard Road Shopping District.

The Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on Orchard Road features a distinctive pagoda roof.

Architectural detail on the facade of the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.

Advertisement for Paradise Dynasty, Legend of Xiao Long Bao on the roof of a vehicle. Baos are my favorite Chinese delicacy. They are steamed dumplings stuffed with various meats, etc. Paradise Dynasty Restaurant reputedly serves the best.

Banners advertising an exhibit at the Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Feb to 28 Apr 2019, entitled “Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman – Raffles in Southeast Asia”

The Memorial to the Civilian Victims of the Japanese Occupation, usually called the Civilian War Memorial. It was erected to honor the thousands of Singapore civilians killed in World War II. The Japanese reported the death toll at 6,000, but official estimates set it at 25,000-50,000. The memorial sits about 1,000 feet from our hotel, in a beautiful park in central Singapore.

Our hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, next door to our “home base” at Suntec City.

The Fountain of Wealth sits in the center of Suntec City.

When the bus arrived back at Suntec City, we were hungry, so we went in search of lunch. I found a restaurant in the Paradise Dynasty group and had a wonderful lunch of those delicious bao dumplings. Then we left Suntec City on the sky bridge and turned right into Marina Square Mall The mall bridges Raffles Blvd. and gains a lower level across the street. There I found Collins Restaurant, where Karen had the best Argentine rib-eye steak outside of Buenos Aires! We were both happy. We were rejuvenated enough to return to the HOHO bus for our visits to Little India and Chinatown.

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