Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The city of Singapore might seem to be daunting at first, what with its glamorous buildings and all. However, with a recent rise of backpackers the Singapore Tourism Board had made cheap traveling in Singapore a wee bit easier. Now backpacking in Singapore is not impossible anymore. With the addition of free tourist attractions such as the Esplanade, backpackers will be delighted to visit this city.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is one of many iconic site of Singapore. Lit is located right next to the Merlion statue, another Singapore’s national icon, at the Merlion Park in 1 Esplanade Drive. The Esplanade is one of the world’s busiest arts centers, officially opened on 12 October 2002. The Esplanade is easily accessible via public buses, taxi services, or MRT. By using the MRT, Esplanade is just a 10-minute walk from the City Hall and Esplanade Circle Line (Exit D) Stations through an underpass, which also links four shopping centres; Citylink, Raffles City, Marina Square, Suntec City and Millenia Walk. The nearest bus stop is also located along Raffles Avenue, outside the Esplanade Mall entrance. The taxi service stand is located at the Esplanade Mall entrance along Raffles Avenue. There is also free weekday parking for the first 3 hours between 12 to 5pm with minimum spend of $30 at any Esplanade Mall outlets. A basement car park in is also available in 808-lot park, situated below the centre, that can be accessed from both sides of Esplanade Drive. Alternatively, should the car park already be full, there is ample parking at Marina Square.
Sitting on prime waterfront at Marina Bay, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay was Singapore’s “Central Park” of the day, a popular place for residents to meet, relax, take walks and find recreation. It had been a place for social gatherings before colonialism, with Malay and Indonesian seafarers racing their boats off the coast near the Padang. Nowadays this place offers a complete lifestyle experience in dining, shopping and the performing arts. It was completed in 2002 and is well-recognized for its “prickly” exterior similar to the durian, a popular local fruit. There is no admission fee needed, except for ticketed events, to visit this place. Most people visit the Esplanade to see its striking architecture, or drop by the concert hall in the early afternoon to catch a lunchtime concert for a taste of what’s on offer here. A hotspot for many recreational activities, live music and arts performances, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay programs is full of line-ups through the year, ensuring that you’ll get your art fix in the form of live music, dance, theatre, visual arts and performance art. The building has a concert hall that seats 1 600, a performing arts theater that seats 2,000, studios for rehearsal, and multiple recital rooms. Its library is located on the 3rd floor of the building and there are centers for performing outdoors, and food and retail space at the building’s Mall. On the 4th floor, there is an open air space. The outer part of the Esplanade makes for a romantic walking place along the city’s waterfront at night. To see the famous symbol of the country, the Merlion, all you have to do is take a short stroll from the Esplanade. For boat trips across Singapore River, river taxi booths are available in the area.