Old-meets-new glory in the Garden City

Sir Stamford Raffles first set foot in Singapore 200 years ago. This bicentennial milestone is celebrated with events and festivities aplenty, chief amongst them a multimedia sensory experience at Fort Canning Centre that showcases key moments of Singapore’s 700-year history tracing back to 1299. But why stop here when you can experience the Lion City in all its old-meets-new glory?

To see the real Singapore, veer off the beaten path to the newly gentrified Tiong Bahru for local breakfast and to observe how Singaporeans procure groceries at the Tiong Bahru market (whilst at it, check-in for a cup of local “sock“-filtered coffee with beans roasted with margarine and sugar). No one leaves Singapore without first getting a bird’s eye view of it in all its cosmopolitan beauty. For that, head over to Marina Bay, now a symbol of 21st century Singapore, to witness the centrepiece of the city’s successful urban transformation.

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