Singapore has always been a favorite destination for tourists. With its vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, beautiful architecture, and hospitable people, this tiny island-city state in the heart of Southeast Asia never fails to enchant visitors. 2023 presents exciting new attractions to explore in Singapore that are sure to make your visit memorable. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a returning traveler, you won’t be disappointed with the latest offerings in Singapore’s vibrant tourism industry.
Here are the best attractions to check out in Singapore for 2023!
1. Jewel Changi Airport
For most people, the airport is the last place they want to be, but this is not the case with Jewel Changi Airport. This new addition to the award-winning Changi Airport is a gem in the heart of Singapore. Jewel Changi is a breathtaking space covering 137,000 square meters of space, designed by the creators of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel in collaboration with Moshe Safdie. It boasts a rainforest-themed park, which houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall cascading from the roof. Other attractions in Jewel Changi range from retail shops to a multi-screen cinema, and diverse dining options from Michelin-starred restaurants to fast-food chains.
Tip: For a more enjoyable experience, avoid peak hours and visit Jewel Changi Airport at night. Also, ensure to check out the water and light show at the Shiseido Forest Valley.
2. Universal Studios Singapore’s New Attractions
Universal Studios Singapore, located on Sentosa Island, is one of Singapore’s most visited theme parks. This year, Universal Studios Singapore promises new attractions and thrilling rides from Dreamworks, including Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar characters. Visitors are set to enjoy a brand-new rollercoaster, featuring the characters from Jurassic World that will leave you wanting more. Additionally, visitors can check out the iconic Universal Studios Globe, which will be home to Universal’s very first Minion-themed ride named Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
Tip: Purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid long queues. Arrive early to enjoy the park before it gets crowded.
3. Singapore Zoo’s New Wings of Asia
Singapore Zoo’s new Wings of Asia exhibit is a must-visit for animal lovers. This attraction showcases Southeast Asian birds and primates in their natural habitats. Visitors can enjoy a close-up view of over 50 species such as the Philippine Eagle, the Bali Mynah, and the highly endangered White-Handed Gibbon. There is a children’s play area, a discovery area, and a multimedia exhibit on bird conservation.
Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes and carry a water bottle to keep hydrated. Visit early or late in the day as the animals tend to be most active.
4. Gardens by the Bay’s New Lakeside Garden
The award-winning Gardens by the Bay is a must-visit on any Singapore itinerary. In 2023, Gardens by the Bay will be unveiling the Lakeside Garden, which features marshlands, mangroves, and other freshwater habitats, perfect for nature enthusiasts. Visitors can stroll along the boardwalk, watch the turtles bask in the sun, and take a traditional-style sampan boat ride for a unique view of the gardens.
Tip: Visit the Gardens by the Bay during the evening for the magical light show, which illuminates the Supertree Grove.
5. National Gallery Singapore’s New Contemporary Art Space
National Gallery Singapore is a stunning tribute to Singapore’s art, and culture and is the largest public collection of Southeast Asian art. In 2023, the Gallery will open a new contemporary art space at Gillman Barracks, offering visitors a chance to experience cutting-edge exhibitions by local, regional, and international artists.
Tip: Allow plenty of time to explore the National Gallery Singapore, including the historical buildings, and the rooftop garden.
6. Haw Par Villa
Haw Par Villa, located in the west of Singapore, is a cultural theme park, with a twist. The park boasts over 1,000 statues and dioramas, which depict Chinese mythology, demons, and historical scenes. Experience ghostly and immersive storytelling showcasing local legends such as the famed eight immortals.
Tip: Carry an umbrella or wear a hat to avoid the sun. Visit Haw Par Villa during the day, and pay your respects to the sculptures of Tian Hou, the Goddess of the Sea, and the Monkey God hero, Sun Wukong.
7. Southern Islands and Jurong Lake Gardens
Singapore’s southern islands, including St John’s Island and Lazarus Island, are marine conservation areas, perfect for those seeking a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can choose from a range of pursuits like swimming, fishing, and picnicking.
Jurong Lake Gardens, located in the west of Singapore, is one of the newest attractions in Singapore. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the tranquil lake, step into the nation’s first indoor garden or dine at the nature-inspired Cafes by the Lake that incorporates sustainable practices.
Tip: Pack a picnic, and allow plenty of time to explore the gardens.
In conclusion, Singapore has a lot to offer in 2023, from its iconic attractions, theme parks, and new spaces showcasing art, history, culture to its beautiful parks and islands. Singapore’s warm and welcoming people will make your visit to our beautiful city-state unforgettable. Remember to use a map or GPS to explore this diverse island and see the stunning attractions Singapore has to offer.