Singapore Trip (Day 4) : Fountain of Wealth, Orchard Road, The Esplanade
List of tourist attraction visited today :
– Fountain of Wealth
– Orchard Road
– The Esplanade
It’s already the 4th day of my tour in Singapore. Today we spend our time to visit couple of unique place in Singapore. We also spent time by go to the busiest shopping Street in Singapore (Orchard Road). In the morning we visit Fountain of Wealth, that is well known as the largest fountain in the world.
Fountain of Wealth : The Largest Fountain in The World
Fountain of Wealth is recorded in Guinness Book of Record as the largest fountain in the world in 1998. As written in its name, this place is rumored can bring good luck for the visitors that walk arround there. Actually, this fountain is exist in my hometown. Because in Surabaya (my city), there are a residence house complex that adopted Singapore city as the design. Fountain of Wealth is located in one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, Suntec City. To go to this place i use MRT near my hotel from Brash Basah Station and down at Promenade station (orange line). After exit the MRT, we just cross the street and we already arrived at Fountain of Wealth. Arround the fountain of wealth there are five skyscrapers building. These five well known as Suntec Tower 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
When we came to this place, the fountain is turned off. There is an small music event below the fountain and we sit for couple of minutes to enjoy the show. After that we walk arround there and continue our journey to Orchard Road.
Orchard Road : The Busiest Shopping Street in Singapore
To go from Fountain of Wealth to Orchard Road, we take MRT again from Promenade (orange line) to Orchard (red line). Out from MRT Station we came out from ION Orchard Shopping Mall. This mall is located at the corner of Orchard road. Actually at first we wanted to go to the Singapore Botanic Garden (National Park of Singapore) which not too far from Orchard Road. Because we get out from the hotel a little late, so we finally didn’t go to the Park. From ION Mall, we headed out along Orchard Road.
Orchard Road is the busiest shopping area in Singapore. Orchard Road contains a lot of restaurants, coffee chains, cafés, nightclubs and hotels. In Orchard Road, you can also find Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore.
Orchard Road is supported by pedestrian paths on both sides of the street as wide as 5 meters. So walking in Orchard Road is very convenient. If you want to eat uncle ice cream you also can find it here.
That time Orchard Road is not too crowded. It is can be predicted, because we go not in holiday or sale season. The Sale season in Singapore is from May to July. This Season usually named as The Great Singapore Sale. If you go on those months, you’ll see a crowded people on Orchard. During this period, street events and late night shopping are held.
Shopping Places in Orchard Road
We began to enter every mall in Orchard Road for Window Shopping. Below are some guideline if you want to shopping on Orchard Road, Singapore.
- ION Orchard
This is where Orchard MRT Station belong. This is also known as the largest shopping mall on Orchard. You can find couple of international store inside this mall, like Louis Vuitton and co, Uniqlo, Muji, etc. The fourth floor has the ION Art gallery and Prologue Book Store, while there is Food Opera food court on the basement.
- Wheelock Place
Couple years ago, when i go to this place, it is giant Borders bookstore, but seems it already be replaced by Marks Marks & Spencer department store. You can find some restaurants on the 2nd floor.
- Far East Plaza
You can find a lot of unique clothes and accessories at reasonable prices in this mall. This place also well known as bargain hunter’s paradise.
- Wisma Atria
The architecture of the mall is beautiful. You can find a lot of designer boutiques and international brands in this mall.
- Lucky Plaza
The plaza is quite small. It’s the place where you can find a lot of electronic stores inside the mall. If you are vegetarian like me, you can find vegetarian stall on Lucky Plaza food court.
- Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya Shopping Centre
This is the place where wealthy ladies hang out. There are a lot of expensive branded goods on the first floors. You can find more affordable goods in the two basement floors. On the 3rd floor, you can find Kinokuniya, Southeast Asia’s largest bookstore.
Singapore’s flashiest malls. You can find international brand like Prada, Gucci and other luxury brands in this mall.
- Orchard Central
A very modern mall in Orchard Road. You can find a lot of things here, from clothing, shoes, sport products, etc. There is Apple Store inside this mall. You also can find food on 7th floor.
You can find mid-range retail like Zara, Uniqlo, New Look and Esprit in this mall. There are also some restaurants and lounges on Level 1. 313@somerset is also directly linked to Somerset MRT station.
- Plaza Singapura
One of the oldest shopping mall in singapore. There is Carrefour hypermarket and cinema inside the building. It is located just above the MRT interchange and recently given a thorough facelift.
Museum on Orchard Road
However, beside go shopping, there are several places of interest you can visit on Orchard Road. One of them are museum
- Battle Box, Fort Canning Park
The former HQ of the British army during World War 2, now turned into an air-conditioned museum contain with animatronic figures retelling the events of the days before surrender.
This place located next to Dhoby Ghaut MRT. This building is the official residence of the President. The 100-acre grounds occupy some of Singapore’s choicest real estate and incorporate several gardens and even a 9-hole golf course. Istana is open to the public on only five days a year: Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day.
- National Museum of Singapore
Formerly Singapore History Museum, recently refurbished. There are four Living Galleries focusing on food, fashion, film and photography inside the museum
- Singapore Art Museum
This is Singapore modern art museum. You can found a lot of permanent collection inside the museum.
Beside museum, for you who like photography can visit these places
- 2902 Gallery (Staircase up the hill from The Cathay, near Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
This place is the largest photo gallery in Sout East Asia. Hosts changing exhibitions including the yearly Singapore Int’l Photography Festival plus workshops, lectures and more.
epSITE (Epson Imaging Gallery) is a small space features changing photography exhibitions. Hardly worth a detour, but take a look if you’re in the area.
After walking arround for nearly 4 hours in Orchard Road, we are satisfied. At noon we decided to go back to the hotel while looking for lunch near the hotel. After lunch we rest in the hotel. In the afternoon we continue our trip to The Esplanade.
The Esplanade is performance arts building located at Marina Bay. To go here, i take the MRT and down at Esplanade MRT Station (orange line). Outside the MRT i enter Esplanade Mall. After take a walk couple of minutes at the mall, i continue my trip to the theater (The Esplanade). The Esplanade also well known as Theaters by the Bay. The building is shaped like durian (the national fruit). There are two theaters that are used on The Esplanade. There are a lot of events and musical performances are held in this building. The ticket prices to watch the show was not cheap. I didn’t watch the performing arts that time. I only watch the performance of couple of people who play some traditional music outside the theater. We enjoyed the music performance for about 1 hour.
After that we go outside the building to enjoy the view of Marina Bay. This is one of the most beautiful view in Singapore. You can also come here during sunset. It’s really beautiful.
After enjoyed the view on Marina Bay, we go back to Bencoolen Street (Brash Basah MRT Station). And we still have time to watch Resident Evil 4 movie on mall near the hotel that time. We finally back to the hotel arround eleven o’clock.
Our fourth day of trip is finally over. I feel a little tired, but i am happy. Hahahaha…