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The skyline of Singapore, from Gardens by the Bay to Marina Bay and Merlion Park

When we talk about Singapore the first thing that comes to mind is its silhouette: the peculiar examples of futuristic architecture: skyscrapers, iron trees looking at the sky… Maybe the first thing you should do when you come to Singapore is to walk the city to enjoy this silhouette. Here is a walking route for your first day to get to know its iconic places: start your day by reaching to the Marina Bays metro station, you will see two exits, take the one to Gardens by the Bay and walk to the park. This huge park is relatively new but it has already become the symbol of the city. The entrance is free of charge though different spaces inside the garden such as flowers garden or the cloud garden require a separate entrance fee. There’s a light show at the centre of the park every day in the evening. As you take the exit to the Marina Bay you will pass by the Marina Bay Hotel, another symbolic building with its rooftop swimming pool (can only be used only by hotel guests) and the ship figure at top of the skyscraper. You will then pass to the shopping complex of Marina Bay Sands with all international high-end brands. As you exit the mall you will see the Arts and Science Museum by the river, a must visit. You will pass the bridge and reach to Esplanade Theatre, an open air complex for public concerts and shows. You will continue to Jubilee Walk by the river and come to the Merlion Park. This route is the most touristic route you will ever take in Singapore. If you cross the avenue you will see the Fullerton Hotel in a colonial elegant building, the hotel’s other side faces the Singapore river, cross the bridge and arrive at Asian Civilisations Museum and behind it the National Gallery.