Whatever ostentatious modern projects Singapore undertakes now
or in the future, Raffles Hotel will likely always be its most famous landmark.
There's just something about the sight of that snow-white façade, the brushed-gravel
drive, the Sikh doorman, the whispers of history. Astonishing to think it was
scheduled for demolition in 1987, before an around S$160 million facelift restored
it to glory.
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Nei Xue Tang
This museum offers the largest collection of Buddhist artefacts in the city,
including relics from China, Tibet, India, Japan, Burma and beyond. Pieces range
from statues and jewellery to assorted esoteric devotional items.
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This zoo is world-class, and is constantly being upgraded. The
zoo's showpiece animals include endangered white rhino, Bengal white tigers, polar
bears, baboons and orang-utans. Wherever possible, moats replace bars, and the zoo
is beautifully spread out over 28 hectares of lush greenery beside the Upper Seletar
Highlights are many - from the moment
you step in to be greeted by free-ranging cotton-top tamarins and white-faced sakis
and siamangs cavorting in the trees.
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Singapore Zoo Night Safari
Next door, but completely separate from the zoo, is the
acclaimed Night Safari. This 40-hectare forested park is home to 120 different
species of animals, including tigers, lions and leopards. In the darkness the moats
and other barriers seem to melt away and it actually looks like these creatures
could walk over and take a bite out of you. The atmosphere is heightened even
further by the herds of strolling antelope, which often pass within inches of the
electric trams that take you around.
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