In Singapore, there’s always something new to see every year, so it can be hard to keep track of what was recently opened to the public, especially when you’re not a local. From art galleries to wildlife crossings to theme parks, there’s no shortage of new sights to see in Singapore this year, so read on to find out what are the top 10 new Singapore attractions you definitely won’t want to miss out on.
The National Gallery Singapore
If you’re looking for best new attractions, you can’t get any better than the recently opened The National Gallery Singapore. The visual arts institution finally had its long-awaited grand opening on 27 November, so if you’re a fan of the arts or have a thing for modern architecture, head on over to see the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
The National Gallery Singapore boasts a unique heritage—the gallery is built on two national monuments: the Supreme Court and City Hall. Both buildings are as much a part of island city-state’s history as they have borne witness to many crucial national events, so their restoration and transformation into the Gallery is a momentous occasion for Singapore.
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Price: $20, free admissions for locals and those with PR only
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm; Friday – Sunday, 10am – 11pm
Who would’ve thought that Singapore would be home to a literal animal crossing? The ecological bridge Eco-Link@BKE is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia! It stretches from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to Central Catchment Nature Reserve as part of an effort to connect the two nature reserves, and thus, allow the flora and fauna to expand their habitat, genetic pool, and generally avoid being roadkill.
Although the 62m link bridge was only opened to the public on 21 November 2015, response towards the guided walks has been overwhelming, so public registration is now closed, but keep checking back here in case new tours are opened. Access to the Eco-Link@BKE is otherwise not open to the public, in order to minimise disturbance to the wildlife.
The French are known for their pastries and desserts (the word pâtissier is French), amongst other things, so when we heard that the iconic Parisian pâtissier Angelina is opening a tea room at Capitol Galleria, we can only shout “Oui! Oui! Oui!” The historic French tea room was named after its founder Antoine Rumpelmayer’s daughter-in-law and has been frequented by many well-known celebrities such as Proust and Coco Chanel ever since it opened its doors.
We recommend that you try their sinfully decadent Hot Chocolate L’Africain, which derives its potent flavour from the subtle blend of four different types of African cocoa beans—hence the name “L’Africain”, and their signature Mont-Blanc, which is made of a meringue base filled with sweet chestnut puree topped with artisanal whipped cream (as pictured).
Address: Capitol Galleria #01-82, 15 Stamford Road Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 63840481
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 11am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
D’Resort @ Downtown East
If you’re looking to spend quality time with your spouse or family away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can’t go wrong with D’Resort @ Downtown East. With a wide variety of rooms to choose from (there are nine!), there’s sure to be something for everyone at the resort, so no more arguing over those holiday getaways! What sets D’Resort apart from other resorts is its status as Singapore’s first nature-inspired resort with an integrated waterpark experience. Warm weather with highs of 34 degrees? Just take your kids to beat the heat at the Wild, Wild Wet, located right in the resort’s backyard!
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, S519599
Tel: +6589 1865, +6582 3322
Coney Island Park
If you’re the kind who loves nature walks, then look no further than Coney Island Park. A haven for nature, the ecologically sustainable park officially opened to the public in October 2015, but registration for guided walks have been closed since due to overwhelming response. Fret not; there are still plenty of things to do at Coney Island, such as bird watching, cycling, and nature photography.
At 50 hectares, the island park’s main attraction is its old world charm—there’s no electricity or piped water on the island! Its dual role as a nature reserve also makes it home to 80 species of birds, as well as a wide variety of plants and animals thought to have been extinct in the wild. If you somehow managed to secure a spot in one of the guided walks, you may get a chance to visit the famed Haw Par Beach Villa, forsaken but not forgotten.
Address: Beside Punggol Promenade Nature Walk
Opening hours: Daily, 7am – 7pm
New Rides at Universal Studios Singapore
Unless you have a personal rule against theme parks, it’s highly unlikely that you’ve not visited Universal Studios Singapore at least once after moving to Singapore. However, if you’ve not been to the park since April, then it’s likely that you’re not aware of the new rides that opened this year—Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey and Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON.
Marketed as the world’s first suspended roller coaster based on the movie spin-off Puss In Boots, you get to join Puss In Boots and Kitty Softpaws as they go in search of the precious golden eggs in the Giant’s kitchen to save San Richardo’s Orphanage, but along the way, you’ll run into a Tattletale gosling who alerts the Great Terror of your presence in the castle—which leads to an escape (ride) full of twists and turns as you are pursued by the Great Terror.
Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON was closed down a few years’ back for a remodelling, and now it’s back and more exciting than ever! The ride now features new two-seater rides (it was previously four-seater rides), which will give each rider a more personal and thrilling experience.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Price: Varies according to age
Tel: +65 6577 8888
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm
Pororo Park Singapore
There’ll be no end to the opportunities for cartoon-based theme parks (we’re looking at you Hello Kitty theme park), so we might as well embrace the madness. If you’re an expat parent, you’ll finally have someplace new to take your kids to—Pororo Park Singapore has been opened since 11 November. The 11,000 sq ft edutainment indoor theme park is based on the award-winning Korean animation ‘Pororo the Little Penguin’, and it’s the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and the largest character-themed indoor playground in Singapore!
There will be plenty of attractions to keep your kids entertained, such as the Pororo Express, Poby’s Jungle Gym, Shark Ball Pool, Pororo House, Loopy’s Café, and Rody’s Toy Store, just to name a few. Of course, Pororo fans will appreciate the theme park more, but even if they aren’t, Pororo and his friends (Crong the Dinosaur, Eddy the Fox, Poby the Polar Bear, to name a few) are so adorable that your kids will be charmed in no time.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29
Price: Varies according to age
Tel: +65 6250 9700
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10.30am to 8pm; Friday – Saturday, 10.30am to 9pm
If you’re a movie buff who also places equal importance on your movie-viewing experience, then you’re in luck: The Projector is a hidden gem that offers an alternative experience for moviegoers. Located on the 5th floor foyer of the historic Golden Theatre (it was the biggest cinema in Singapore and Malaysia back in 1973, with over 1500 seats, by the way), The Projector screens specially curated indie, foreign, cult favourites, classics, arthouse, horror, and local films. Fans of The Shining, don’t get your knickers in a twist, but there’s a cinema hall called Redrum (pronounced “red room”)!
Address: 6001 Beach Road Golden Mile Tower, #05-00
Price: $13 for adults, $11 for students and senior citizens
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 6:30pm – 11:30pm; Saturday – Sunday, 1pm – 11:30pm
The Karting Arena
Want to live life in the fast lane? We don’t encourage reckless driving on public roads, but feel free to indulge your need for speed in kart racing at The Karting Arena, Singapore’s first and only electric karting track. You don’t need a driver’s license to drive a kart, but without it, you are only allowed to go up to 30 km/h. Show your driver’s license to raise the limit to 50 km/h!
Having a driver’s license also allows you to participate in the E1 Karting Challenge on Tuesday nights, where you can compete with your mates or other drivers for fun. Now’s your chance to make your F1 dreams come true!
Did you know: The Karting Arena is founded by one of Singapore’s most successful racing drivers, Yuey Tan, who recently obtained the title of the first Singaporean to win the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia?
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-01B, The Grandstand
Price: $25 Onwards
Tel: +65 9627 6771
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Smith Marine Kelong
Singaporeans really love their seafood, so if you want to assimilate, what better way to do so than to catch your own fish and eat it too? Smith Marine, Singapore’s first floating Kelong restaurant, lets you do so while providing you with some of the best views of the sea!
Of course, the tricky part is fishing out (pun intended) the dough to get there. Getting to Smith Marine is only possible via chartered bumboat or your own boat, but be prepared to pay the boatman $100 for the two-way trip for up to 12 persons from Changi Village Ferry Terminal.
Once you’re there, you can visit the aquaculture farm where you can also catch your own sea bass or snapper at the pond. After catching a fish or two, you have two options: one, bring it to the chef and he’ll be more than happy to cook it for you for $35; or two, bring home your fresh catch at $15 per fish.
Address: Pulau Ubin Coastal Area
Tel: 9792 7609 for bumboat reservation
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 am – 7 pm (reservations only, and must be made three days in advance)
Did we miss out on any other new attractions? Do tell! And if you’ve already been to any of the above attractions, we’d love to hear all about it too. Seasons Greetings from Team Expat, plus if Christmas planning is on your mind—we got that covered too in our Big Christmas List of 10 Things To Do in Singapore!