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  • Smith Street Food Centre - goVacation
    street is also known with its other name hei yuen kai that means Theatre Street Lai Chun Yuen Theatre was located here once A certain kind of character is contributed by its reputation as a red light area The place was also famous for the hawker stalls that crowded the street when it was called the original Food Street Premier Singapore Location 3 88 km Universal Studios 1 88 km Marina Bay 0 22 km Chinatown 1 84 km Orchard Road Recommended Restaurant 5 27 km Old Airport Road Food Centre 0 25 km Maxwell Road Hawker Center 1 31 km Tiong Bahru Food Market Distance from Smith Street Food Centre Map X CLOSE View Larger Map Restaurant Lodging Attraction Activity Recommended Compare hotel prices and find amazing discounts Tags Chinatown About the Author Brian Related Posts Hong Lim Food Centre Chinatown Complex Food Centre Chinatown Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Don t subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e mail You can also subscribe without commenting Back to Top 2015 list coming

    Original URL path: http://www.govacation.sg/smith-street-food-centre/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Gardens By The Bay - goVacation
    dark leaves covered in a waxy outer layer are common features for plants found in South Africa Mediterranean Garden The plants growing around Mediterranean sea such as Canary Island Date Palm Cork Oak and Stone Pine are featured in this garden South American Garden Temperate semi arid plants including Chilean Wine Palm and Monkey Puzzle that are found in South America characterise this garden Californian Garden All the plants in this garden consist of mostly shrubs and a few trees due to the fact the plants are affected by natural fires that occur from time to time Baobabs Garden This garden displays plants such as baobabs and various cacti from highly arid regions in the World Succulent Garden Fishes sea urchins and corals do exist in deserts It takes sharp eyes to find them in the Succulent Garden Flower Field Immerse yourselves in the Flower Field as no gardens in the flower dome can match the massive size of flowers here Before leaving the Flower Dome you can go through a section where you are educated on the lifecycle as well as the pollination of the banksias and baobab trees The interactive walls inside the Dome are both fun and educative in depicting the effects of the human s activities have on nature You can also find information about the role animals play in maintaining the eco system The Flower Dome of Singapore happens to be the largest among the column less greenhouses of the world housing myriads of different species of flowers and plants Orchid gets all the honour as a large section is dedicated to showcasing the variety of the national flowers Cloud Forest Cloud Forest is a world of mystery that is concealed in mist Different in its entirety from Flower Dome it is perched atop the cloud mountain running a lofty height of thirty five metres and covered by lush green vegetation The vegetation surrounds the tallest indoor waterfall of the world showcasing plants from the tropical highlands that goes two thousand metres above the sea level The visitors are taken to the top of the structure in a lift from where they descend down into the clouds by two walkways While the Flower Dome occupies an area of 1 2 hectares the Cloud Forest takes up 0 8 hectares Replicate the Conditions of Tropical Highlands The cool mist Conservatory in its nine zones depicts the geology and biodiversity of cloud forest and also the threats that they face The amazing waterfall the most striking feature invites you to refresh yourselves in the cool mist right after you enter the cloud forest In the tropical mountains that are very high the plants absorb the excessive rainfall The plants then gradually release this water constantly so as to create a lasting supply through the mist for the land below This in turn supports more number of plants The mountain showcases a very dense plantation that consists of different varieties of orchids colourful bromeliads delicate ferns the dazzling

    Original URL path: http://www.govacation.sg/gardens-by-the-bay/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Peranakan Museum - goVacation
    displays on Peranakan lifestyle Plans for the Peranakan themed shops and eateries are also included 9 Galleries in 3 Levels The museum re opened on 25th April 2008 officially consisting of 9 permanent galleries that showcase the main themes of the Peranakan life Gallery 1 level 1 Origins Peranakan in Malay means child of and is used to refer to people of mixed ethnic origins Majority of them are Peranakan Chinese popularly known as Baba Nyonya Other ethnicities like Arab Indian and Eurasion are also available in Southeast Asia Gallery 2 5 level 2 Weddings Here you can explore the many rituals of the traditional Peranakan wedding Learn about the coming of age and exchange of gifts during the wedding ceremonies Getting married could take up to 12 days Gallery 6 level 3 Language and Fashion You can learn about Baba Malay through the displays and recordings and observe how the silhouette of the sarong kebaya the nyonya s attire Gallery 7 level 3 Religion Traditionally Peranakans adopted a mixture of Daoism Buddhism ancestor worship and folk beliefs They sought to gain the favour of and comfort spirits through rites and offering You can enter a section where rituals and mourning are carried out to show respect for ancestors This section is located right at the back of the Ancestral Altar as shown in the above picture Children are not advised to go in there Gallery 8 level 3 Public Life Many Peranakans played an important role in politics business and social affairs in 19th and 20th century This gallery display several artefacts donated by the Peranakans Gallery 9 level 3 Food and Feasting The food prepared by Peranakans are commonly called Nyonya Food The food is the blend of various cooking styles and spices from Chinese Malay Indian Thai

    Original URL path: http://www.govacation.sg/peranakan-museum/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum - goVacation
    vaults Ground Level Two towers flank the entry gate and the courtyard and form the entrance of the temple at the ground level Mezzanine Level There are two halls at the mezzanine level and one of these is a chamber sheltering the ancestral tablets along with a wax museum that shows images of prominent local and foreign monks Second Level There is an exhibition hall at the second level for religious artwork and also a shop reference library and a teahouse Third Level A Buddhist cultural museum is located on the 3rd storey showcasing artefacts while relating the events from the life of Lord Buddha There is also a chamber consisting of sariras the relics of Buddha the disciples of the Lord and other eminent monks Fourth Level Photography is not allowed The centrepiece of the temple which is the Sacred Light Hall containing the tooth relic of Buddha can be found on the fourth storey A 3 6 metres high stupa houses the relic that has been made with 420 kg gold of which 234 kilograms were donated by the devotees Gold tiles surround the stupa which is covered with gold canopy The monks here who enjoy the sole right to enter the relic chamber conduct the daily services The relic can be seen by the public from the area for public viewing Roof Level There are variously sized pagodas along with pavilions and garden consisting of Dendrobium Buddha tooth on the temple roof Premier Singapore Location 3 84 km Universal Studios 1 80 km Marina Bay 0 33 km Chinatown 1 93 km Orchard Road Recommended Attraction 1 73 km National Museum of Singapore 0 21 km Chinatown Heritage Centre 1 01 km Asian Civilisations Museum Distance from Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum Map X CLOSE View

    Original URL path: http://www.govacation.sg/buddha-tooth-relic-temple-and-museum/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Chinatown Heritage Centre - goVacation
    and districts from the mainland China They all have various dialects and surnames Majority of the Chinese migrants gathered in the Chinatown or commonly known as Niu Che Shui 牛车水 One travaller from Taiwan said When I first arrived in Chinatown I thought that Gu Jia Chue Niu Che Shui was a bullock cart carrying a huge drum of water that sprayed out water to keep down the dust But later I realised that houses in the past had no piped water and the bullock cart was used to send water to people s homes Food Culture The Japanese Occupation in the 1940s brought Singapore s economy to a standstill and thousands of Singaporeans turn to hawking Many of these hawkers were concentrated in Chinatown making it a gathering point and food paradise Morning Market From the wee hours in the morning buthers fishmongers and vegatable sellers would start displaying their foodstuffs along the street in anticipation of the morning crowd A Street Full of Tailor Pagoda Street tailor shops enjoyed a booming business in the 1950s because of their location in the busy business and entertainment area of Chinatown At that time clothes were individually tailored because it was cheap to do so and because factory made clothes were usually of inferior quality Tough Living Conditions among Lower Class Migrants Among the migrants were labourers farmers servants and youngsters with no particular skills They lived a tough life In this gallery the living quarters are recreated where every floor is subdivided into cubicles and entire Chinese families had to share in one cubicle Coolie Room Coolie came from the Chinese words ku li meaning hard labour Driven by poverty in China to seek a better life in Singapore they were very poor and did back breaking tasks A group of young coolies lived in this cubicle and unknown to the owner also used the cubicle as an opium den These coolies were given to opium smoking to relieve their tired bodies of its soreness Samsui Woman Room Samsui women had their name derived from their place of origin the Sam Sui district of Sanshui county They were usually spinsters Early morning before daybreak they would be dressed in their characteristic red headgear and lined the street waiting to be taken to construction sites where they worked many hours under the sweltering heat Kitchen Area The kitchen has been recreated in exactly the same manner as the old times with firewood and old stoves Several families had to share one common kitchen along with the toilets which were based on bucket system How to Get There Chinatown Heritage Centre is located close to Chinatown MRT station and can also be accessed through bus routes 197 80 and 61 The heritage centre remains open from 9 a m to 8 p m every day of the week with last admission at 7 p m The ticket fees for adults are S 10 and S 6 for children from the age group

    Original URL path: http://www.govacation.sg/chinatown-heritage-centre/ (2016-05-01)
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  • National Museum of Singapore - goVacation
    events and facts about Singapore When you reach each section look for the code on the floor and enter the number in the portable reader This is an excellent way to not just see but hear the story behind each showcase The following photos are just a fraction of the displays and you can easily spend 2 3 hours here The Singapore Stone The earliest writing found in Singapore estimated between 10th and 14th century Living Room A standard living room decor of a well being family Photo Displays A good amount of beautiful photos are displayed on both sides of the walk ways Shop Houses Two nicely lit shop houses War Gun A corroded gun used during the Second World War Tough Times The road to the first world country status was bumpy at the beginning Singapore Living Gallery Level 2 Here you can find 5 gallery rooms that tell the story in the area of filming photography fashion food and island ecologies Film Wayang Gallery Wayang opera and home grown films were popular entertainment in Singapore and this gallery looks at their development Because of the popularity filmmaking were encouraged and in the prime period between the 50s to the 60s over 260 films were produced Photography Gallery At the back of the gallery room you ll find some old style cameras that were mostly used by the rich Fashion Gallery This gallery explores the changing identity of Singapore women from the 50s to 70s through fashion Food Gallery This gallery focuses on the lives of Singaporeans in the 50s to 70s through street food sold by hawkers Singapore food demonstrates inter ethnic interactions and cross cultural exchanges This can be reflected from the rich ingredients used in the cooking Island Ecologies This gallery displays the rich biodiversity of Singapore and Malay Peninsula in the early 19th century Amazingly many of the species are still in existence today although a growing number are fast disappearing Showcase of Temporary Artefacts Alongside all the permanent exhibits the National Museum of Singapore also hosts a huge number of temporary displays and artefacts from around the world that range from Ukrainian gold to wedding dresses of the Victorian England The visitor can also plan to visit the local arts events like the yearly Night Festival These local events are usually held either inside or around the museum because of the size of the museum and the central location of the place which is in the shopping district of Singapore How to Get There The National Museum of Singapore enjoys good location along the Stamford Road and can be accessed by taxi car and other means of public transport easily The Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut are the nearest of the MRT stations The museum is at a walking distance from the Fort Canning Hill Other prominent museums like the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Art Museum also lie at a short distance from the National Museum The fee for entrance excluding the temporary

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  • Singapore Flyer - goVacation
    the circumference of the wheel and thus lack this advantage The floor area inside every capsule measures 26 square metres with seating arrangement for 28 individuals If booked in advanced in case of physically challenged riders the capsule has sufficient room to accommodate 5 wheelchairs along with 15 other boarders What s Below the Flyer The building that serves as the platform for Singapore Flyer has 3 storeys and each floor is used for commercial purpose These are some of the specialty shops Flight Experience Based on the world s most popular aircraft the BOEING 737 this is your opportunity to fly a real flight simulator normally reserved for the exclusive training of professional pilots XD Theatre This 6D ride with 400 movements per second will give you ultra realistic multi sensory experience Grand Prix Shop The F1 race tracks pass by Singapore Flyer The Grand Prix Shop is a place where you can purchase F1 related merchandise Rainforest The recreated rainforest is located in the atrium The concept of Garden in the City is undoubtedly further enhanced in this place Surrounding Structure Along the waterfront there is a Greek inspired open air theatre adjacent to the building Accessibility The facilities in and surrounding the site have been appropriately planned to ensure smooth flow of people There are lifts wheelchair ramps handicapped toilets and a dedicated car parking lot for disabled Behind the building is an open bus stand with capacity for 40 buses The bus park is connected to a multi storeyed car parking facility by an underpass The car parking lot has room for 300 vehicles The nearest MRT is Promenade and it takes about 8 mins walk Conclusively Singapore Flyer and its surrounding have facilities for everyone s convenience Premier Singapore Location 5 86 km Universal Studios

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  • Singapore Attraction List - Page 3 of 12
    1907 Read More Outdoor Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is the first gazetted wetlands reserve in the northwest of Singapore The entire 130 hectares of the reserve are declared as ASEAN Heritage Park The global importance of Sungei Buloh as a Read More Outdoor Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Note Access to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is partly restricted for restoration works since 2nd June 2014 The Bukit Timah hill is situated in Singapore s centre west part and is the highest point of the country with Read More Outdoor East Coast Park East Coast Park is undoubtedly one of the most popular parks of Singapore which has something to offer to people of all age groups The park consists of nine areas which are alphabetically arranged from A Read More Cultural Arab Street The Arab Street lies between the Beach Road and the Victoria Street in Kampong Glam area This area was designated by Sir Stanford Raffles as the most suitable area where the Arabs here can live The Read More Landmark The Helix Bridge The Helix is the 1st curved double helix bridge in the World and features among the 24 most amazing bridges in the World enlisted by CNN It is named The Helix because the bridge indeed is Read More Cultural Tan Si Chong Su 保赤宫陈氏宗祠 Tan Si Chong Su is situated on Magazine Road and was built in 1876 The temple has a huge Hokkien patronage To this day the temple is used in the form of a repository for the Read More Cultural Sri Mariamman Temple This temple is the most ancient of the Hindu temples in Singapore The temple was built in 1827 for worship by the immigrants from Cuddalore and Nagapatnam districts in South India It was more popularly known

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