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Marina Bay is a bay located in the Central Area of Singapore surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas, the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View. The area surrounding the bay itself, also called Marina Bay, is a 360 hectare extension to the adjacent Central Business District.
Marina Bay in Singapore has undergone a transformation of epic proportions. Once a quiet body of water at the entrance of the Singapore River, this area now stands as a spectacular example of how this miniscule country has come to be one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations.
Overlapping the Financial District, Clarke Quay and the central Civic District towards the north, Marina Bay boats some of Singapore’s most iconic hotels, skyscrapers, and attractions. It difficult to ignore the iconic Marina Bay Sands resort too, which itself is home to a substantial list of great things to do and see.
Marina Bay represents all things modern and super-stylish, from trendy dining destinations to exciting leisure spots.
A visit to Marina Bay is guaranteed to bombard your senses. With land reclamation works starting only in the 1970s, the transformation of the area has been nothing short of a miracle.
Taking centre stage here is Marina Bay Sands, which was opened in phases from May 2010. At the heart of this development is the Marina Bay Sands hotel, made up of three towers, crowned by the Sands SkyPark on the 57th storey. Shaped like a boat perched at the top of the towers, the one-hectare sky oasis has restaurants, sculptured gardens and an infinity pool.
The building also houses a casino, theatres, exhibition space and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, with over 300 shops and restaurants.
The ArtScience Museum is a lotus-shaped museum that marries both art and science, resulting in unique, world-class exhibitions. A 280-m (918-ft) bridge, connects the two sides of the bay. Viewing platforms along the path allow superb bay vistas.
Opposite, Gardens By The Bay is a sprawling horticultural attraction housing over 250,000 rare plants in huge, domed conservatories. The Supertrees are 25-50 metre-tall vertical gardens, with a suspended 128-metre-long walkway, giving you a bird's eye view of the Gardens and the Marina Bay area. Discover more about the area’s transformation at the Marina Bay City Gallery.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Whatever your opinion of the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay – looming on the waterfront with its spiny hedgehog-like profile – there’s no denying the role of this S$600 million arts centre as a symbol of the city’s aspiration to be Asia’s arts hub. The audacious structure has been a magnet for artistic creativity since it opened in 2002, showcasing a finely tuned repertoire of performing arts from Singapore and abroad. The adjoining Esplanade Mall houses an array of restaurants and quirky shops, busiest on performance nights. Walk along the Marina Bay Promenade just outside; this is one of the best spots to view the CBD skyline. The Makansutra Gluttons Bay, to the Esplanade Theatres’ right, is popular for after-performance suppers.
On the same side of the bayfront as the Esplanade Theatres is Marina Square, a huge mall linked to several of the city’s top hotels – Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Mandarin Oriental and Pan Pacific. Suntec City, a massive shopping and business development, is also connected to Marina Square. Retail options abound in the oversized Suntec City Mall, noted for its gigantic Fountain of Wealth – the world’s largest.
On the eastern tip of the bayfront turns the Singapore Flyer. Enjoy a jaw-dropping panorama of the bay from the world’s highest observation wheel at 165m (541ft). If the weather is pleasant, it is worth making a detour to the left of the Esplanade Theatres, where a string of modest memorials stand, set in tree-lined open spaces. These include the War Memorial, in the park of the same name, a tribute to the countless civilians who died in World War II.The Esplanade Park, stretching along Connaught Drive, is dotted with monuments like the Victorian-style Tan Kim Seng Fountain, built to mark the merchant’s £13,000 contribution in 1857 to build the town’s public water works.
New city living
Expect to see power suits and briefcases while joggers pound the pavement and cyclists whiz by alfresco cafes. You are as likely to find people who come here to work as people who call Marina Bay their home.
If you’re feeling cowed by the skyscrapers, walk along the scenic waterfront promenade decorated with artistic sculptures that lead you right to the water’s edge of Marina Reservoir, where you’ll probably come across kite flyers, dragon boat races, even musical performances.
And this is all just another ordinary day at Marina Bay.
Marvel at the collection of architectural icons that dot the impressive skyline, or brag about having seen some of the best views in the world from Sands SkyPark® at Marina Bay Sands®, designed by no less than the renowned architect Moshe Safdie.
Want a nature fix? Pop over to the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay. Revel in the spectacular views from the Supertree Grove amid lush gardens. Escape from the tropical heat at the cooled conservatories or let the kids splash about at the Children’s Garden.
Dizzy by the sights of a nautical vision in the distance? That’s just the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore designed to receive the newer generation of larger cruise liners.
See & Do
- Gardens by the Bay offers waterfront views over 101 hectares of green spaces – Don't miss the ‘Supertrees’ that's 9 to 16 storeys tall!
- Catch world-class touring exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands® integrated resort.
- Enjoy sky-high views with a glass of artisanal beer at the world’s highest microbrewery, LeVeL 33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre.
- Run by Sydney’s Tetsuya Wakuda, Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands® serves top-notch meals in 'omakase' (a chef-selected menu) style.
- With its striking architecture, exploring Louis Vuitton’s Island Maison store at Marina Bay Sands® is an experience in itself.
- CH Carolina Herrera at Marina Bay Sands® carries collections for men, women and children as well as speciality items.
- Marina Bay Sands® boasts luxurious rooms and suites in three 55-storey towers equipped with personal butler service.
In 1969, land reclamation work to create 360 hectares of prime waterfront site began at Marina Bay. The reclaimed land forms what is today the Marina Centre and Marina South areas, and the reclamation work was completed in 1992. In the reclamation process, Telok Ayer Basin and Inner Roads was removed from the map by reclaiming land, while the Singapore River's mouth now flows into the bay instead of directly into the sea. The long term visions for the Marina Bay area was first articulated in the 1983 Master Plan by the URA, with the waterfront areas being deliberately kept open to the public. In 1988, the draft plan for Marina Bay was presented to the public in a two-week exhibition where it set out the objectives for the development, among which are optimising the waterfront location and creating a distinctive image with international landmarks that could become a focal point for the city.
In 2008, Marina Barrage was built, converting the basin into a new downtown freshwater Marina Reservoir, providing water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle attraction.
Common Services Tunnel
Singapore is the second Asian country after Japan to implement a comprehensive Common Services Tunnel system to distribute various utility services to all city developments. The Marina Bay network of purpose-built tunnels houses water pipes, electrical and telecommunication cables and other utility services underground. CST not only improves reliability of services supplies and allows easy maintenance and new installations, it also has 100% emergency backup services and the capacity for expansion to meet changing utility needs.
In 2004, the Public Utilities Board publicly announced plans to construct a new downtown reservoir by damming the Marina Channel. This barrage was completed in 2008. Known as the Marina Barrage, it turned Marina Bay and the Kallang Basin into a confined freshwater reservoir with limited access to marine transportation to regulate the water quality. The new reservoir provides another source of drinking water for Singapore, as well as a stable water level for a variety of water activities and events. The barrage will also prevent flooding in the Chinatown area.
There are currently 7 rail stations: City Hall, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Bayfront, Downtown, Esplanade and Promenade serving Marina Bay. By 2020, the 360 hectares Marina Bay will boast a comprehensive transport network as Singapore's most rail-connected district. The first three new MRT lines will open between 2012 and 2014. By 2018, the Marina Bay district will have more than six MRT stations, all no more than five minutes of each other. A comprehensive pedestrian network including shady sidewalks, covered walkways, underground and second-storey links will ensure all-weather protection and seamless connectivity between developments and MRT stations. Within greater Marina Bay, water taxis will even double up as an alternative mode of transportation.
Other places of interest
The 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay site is made up of Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden across the mouth of the Singapore River. All three gardens will be interconnected via a series of pedestrian bridges to form a larger loop along the whole waterfront and linked to surrounding developments, open public spaces, transport nodes and attractions.
A 3.5 km waterfront promenade linking the attractions at the Marina Centre, Collyer Quay and Bayfront areas was completed in 2010.
Places to visit around Marina Bay
Staggering Marina Bay Sands
When this Integrated Resort was built, it changed Singapore’s skyline completely. Designed by Moshe Safdie Architects, the three soaring hotel towers are crowned by the Sands SkyPark on the 57th floor, offering an amazing 360 degree view.
Another iconic structure in the vicinity by the same architect is the ArtScience Museum. Perched at the Marina Bay waterfront, the round shaped building features 10 ‘fingers’ designated as gallery spaces. These fingers feature skylights that allow natural light to flood in. The dish-like roof allows rainwater to flow through the building’s central atrium.
Beautiful Gardens by the Bay
The most iconic structures at Gardens by the Bay are the two conservatories: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. The former replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions. Walk around in 22 degree C and smell the flowers, herbs and plants. The Cloud Forest boasts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, tropical plants, and a 35-metre-tall mountain covered in lush vegetation.
Outdoors, more than a dozen of the towering Supertrees (up to 16 storeys high) offer shade in the day and glittering light displays at night. Walk along the OCBC Skyway which connects two of the Supertrees and enjoy views of the lush area. Other attractions here include the Heritage Gardens that tell you how the plants of the island are linked to its culture. Bay East Garden is where you should go for some serenity and amazing views of the Marina Bay skyline.
Fantastically designed Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The design of this landmark – which people either love or hate – with its distinctive facade of sharp-edged metal sunshades, has been mired in controversy since the model was first unveiled in 1992. Michael Wilford, the British architect who designed the edifice, quit the project in 1995 over unexplained differences, leaving home-grown company DP Architects to complete the job. The result is a glazed building that is protected from the tropical sun and heat by triangular aluminium sun shields. The shields are set to open or close at varying angles, depending on the angle of the sun’s rays. And so arose the building’s myriad nicknames, everything from ‘fish scales’ and ‘bug eyes’ to what most people seem to have settled on, the ‘Durian’.
Suntec City Mall - a shopper's paradise
It is easy to get lost in this veritable city with over 350 shops and a whole lot of restaurants and eateries. Until VivoCity was built, Suntec City was the largest mall on the island.
Singapore Flyer - for incredible views
Get an unobstructed bird’s-eye view of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia on a 37-minute ride on the 165-m- (541-ft-) high Singapore Flyer observation wheel. Located at Marina Bay, it is unabashedly touted as Singapore’s version of the London Eye.
War Memorial Park
The War Memorial Park is dedicated the thousands of civilians who suffered and died in Singapore in World War II. Popularly known as the ‘Chopsticks Monument’, the memorial consists of four interlinked tapering columns representing each of the four main ethnic groups. Beneath the 61-m columns are urns containing the remains of some of those who died.
Reviews by visitors
Very nice clean safe area to enjoy. You have the gardens the walking paths amongst the trees and water ways. The Sands Hotel and the giant mall next door. There is a science museum and across the channel the giant sky coaster. Although we did not have time to do a boat tour we could see them streaming through the bay and going in to the waterways of the city . So much to do but be prepared to walk because there is no internal transit system , busses or cabs that run inside.
We stopped here on our bus tour, and it was just ok. Lots of new construction, so maybe in a couple of years it'll be worth visiting again.
Went to the site after visiting Garden by the bay and the site is noticeable from distance for its unusual architectural building particularly the marina bay sands. The walk was a breeze, the area is almost spotlessly clean, pedestrian areas are great and yet the area felt bland... Artificial (well it is) and lonely. Unless you are with someone, it's a bit strange to wander around here by yourself. It's just too much concrete...
Get to the Tourist hub at the Singapore Flyer and arrange a trip on the amphibious duck. You get a 30 minute ride around the sights in the city and then a plunge into the bay for a 45 minute paddle around the bay. Nb if you sit near the starboard bow, that's the front right hand side for you landlubbers, prepare to get wet on the very fast entry into the water. You have been warned Quack Quack!
A wonderful way to spend an evening. Take a boat ride and soak in the atmosphere. The light show each evening is fabulous. A wonderful place to sit and relax with a drink or have a meal.
Marina bay is the center attraction of singapore, you can see MBFC tower, Marina bay sands, Convention center, Art museum, Merilion, Open Amphitheatre, best shopping place for brand.
One can catch several sights while taking a beautiful walk all the way around the marina and best of all, the walk is free! We walked from the Marina Park area past the theater area, floating stadium, the observation wheel, across the Helix Pedestrian Bridge, by the ArtScience Museum, into and out of Marina Bays Sands mall/casino/hotel/skylark/Gardens By The Bay, then around the back side of the bay to Merlion Park then back to our hotel. We took several hours to do it with all of the wonderful photo opportunities all around, including the busy Singapore skyline. There are costs to get into several of the mentioned places if you want to stop walking and enjoy them!!
I love Marina bay at night s so much. It's amazing and wonderful. It's full of the light everywhere.
I can't imagine anyone missing this area. It has everything, food, tons of shopping, attraction venues and is so easy to get to whether you go by, Taxi, Uber, MRT or bus. It is one feeling by day and another by night so break it up into 2 visits if you can. Since Singapore seems to be very safe everywhere you can walk for miles to hawker centers or more shopping and attractions like The Gardens to get some really good culture, entertainment and local food.
This place is worth visiting anytime. I have seen it in day time & in nite & my pers fav is nite time bcoz of lightings & laser show from top of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Place is full of restaurants, has a separate walkway & cycle track. You can take a complete round of the place walking & enjoy the beauty. Watching laser show from both Merlon Square end & LV end are worth.
So you get the MTR right there and you can either go to Gardens by the bay or Marina sands shopping centre or even the casino or Marina Bay hotel.
Go at least once, the choice of food is wide, but a little expensive both in the centre and gardens by the bay
A fantastic walk around for a first time visitor. The waterfront is clean, and the walk is easy. Great sights and plenty of photo opportunities. We walked right around the bay to marina bay sands. A long walk but enjoyable.
I think you could spend a week exploring this area. So many shops in the Marina Bay shopping centre, museums, great restraints, amusements and the gateway to the Singapore's river with some more fantastic restaurants. Not to forget the Merlion and the helix bridge.
I was at the Skypark when the water show and lights started. but the Marina Bay from above looks like a rough pavement. This is a must especially for couples.
have seen the laser show from across the other side of the marina but this time went to the top of the steps right on the waters edge at the shopping centre at Marina Bay and it was spectacular, especially with the music also the laser on the water in front of you.
number of people in singapore tend to say that the Marina Bay area is a highlight but it is rather dull and boring. The setting is nice, but nothing exciting at all. good to go once, but do not expect too much of it.
Had a walk through the shops then stopped with some dessert to watch the light show. was able to get a seat right in front to watcht he whole show. If out looking for something to do give this a go
It's a must do on your Singapore trip..even more stunning at night. Lots to see and do along the way. We were lucky as there was a regatta when I visited so added even more excitement to an already perfect day
The whole Marina Bay area is great. Lots to see and do. With plenty of great hotels, fantastic resturants, shopping malls and senic views overlooking the bay. Take a early morning stroll or visit after dark to enjoy two very different experiences. I feel it is the best area to stay and enjoy in Singapore.
Evening Boat ride from Clarks Quay to Marina Bay, is a Great experience, with Live commentary it covers the History of present Singapore Business district and the iconic MERLION.
We went to the Food Centre in the basement of Marina Bay. The range of fresh food was amazing and we had to go back again. There is every type of Asian food you can think of and the prices are very reasonable. A must to visit when in Singapore.
After and terrible meal at no signboard. Went for a walk pass marina bay. It was so relaxing and beautiful with music lights. This is a must visit place at night.
This is a good place to take a way esp. in the evening to just unwind and chill and at the same time enjoy the beautiful view along the bay. Good place for dating couples too.
This had to be the highlight of our visit to Singapore; we were lucky enough to see the most beautiful sunset here. Truly the most amazing skyline at night, a beautiful, clean and safe place to visit with plenty of shops and restaurants. A must see for anyone planning a trip here.
This place is always very peaceful and beautiful I love it so much. Restaurants are a delight. Prices can be an expense. Choose them carefully.
The waterfront at Marina Bay has a lovely scenic night environment with a pleasant promenade. You are dwarfed by the high rise buildings and he beautiful skyscrapers all around. Many eating options, clubs and wonderful architecture and bridges all around. I enjoyed my time there.
We never get tired of looking at this whole beautiful area & plenty of places to waste time. There are so many walk ways to fill in the day & many eating areas & hotels wherever you look. It is certainly one of the nicest areas in a major city area. Shopping is great but don't look for 'cheap' because it doesn't exist in this area.
A must do.....
We were lucky enough to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Marina bay and had a spectacular room with a harbour view. There is so much to do and see around the Marina both day and night and it is a very calm and pleasant walk. From the marina bay sands skypark hotel, The Esplanade walk to the Merlion, the Fullerton Hotel to the Boat Quays it is spectacular and a must see.
Superb shopping experience
Vast variety of shops
Easy to get lost in the maze of shops
Entry via the centre to the Skywalk
Difficult to find a seat at local cafes and restaurants in the centre
Good rail link with other parts of Singapore
Marina views stunning
Good overall experience
Very pretty - nice views, lots to do. Visit the Merlion park and see the large Merlion statue (and buy a little on to take home and remember Singapore by). SMRT takes you right there.
The theatres are amazing, letting in the night sky. Walking around the marina is a wonderful relaxing way to spend an evening. Often to the accompaniment of live music, some from known singers, some that are up & coming.Singapore is the safest & cleanest city i have ever had the pleasure of visiting,the diversity of the cultures & architecture blends so well & is so well maintained. Its a pleasure to be there.
Had luxurious experience once visited Marina Bay. The mall was super sophisticated. It has river and boats inside. Branded stuffs along our way. I love the authentic food court.
Amazing views of the city, which comes into its own at night. There is a light show 2 nights per week, which is worth stopping by to see, Great for a stroll during the day
I always woundup at Marina Bay at day's end. This place reminds me of a mini Hong Kong Harbor with its skyscrapers and beautiful night lights. Marina Bay Mall is adjacent to the harbor as well as the Skypark, Gardens by the Bay, Science Center, etc. Two MTR stations are close by; or if you prefer to walk to this location (as I did one day from Village Bugis Hotel) you'll enjoy seeing Singapore from a walking perspective. The Mall has a very nice food court as well as a few celebrity chef restaurants. This IS Singapore, the most expensive city in the world, so don't expect McDonald's prices, but Marina Bay Harbor's best "attraction" is free!
Visited the place last December 2015. Luv it, except the hot weather. Make sure you drop by at night time as well because the place look different during the day.
It was a cool relaxing Sunday morning.
Drove to Marina Bay area, parked at Gardens by The Bay car park. Enjoyed a relaxing walk along the promenade, saw the Singapore skyline. Saw the sun rising from the east. Many joggers running about. Saw people fishing too. Amazing saw the otters family swimming to land, relaxing by the bay. They were simply so cute. Also drogon boaters cheering and rolling their boat. Totally peaceful and relaxing.
Don't forget your hat and some water then a lovely stroll awaits.
We started at the theatre / opera house and passed the grandstand , there are some fun statues to see and refreshment stops if needed.
All the while the Merlion and the city views to your right and the stunning Marina Bay ahead.
Cross over the double helix bridge which can provide some shade.
Once over the bridge you can go into the science museum or just stroll by the water lilly filled ponds whilst stopping to admire the city views.
Of course once you've done all that it's easy to go into the Marina Bay shopping mall if you need a retail fix or refreshment.
You can find most luxury brands under one roof including food and beverages. Lots of varieties and the view is scenic. Nice to spend a lazy afternoon alone or with partners.
It is a very good place to walk around and explore by foot in the evening. You can soak in all the magnificent towers and the splendid display of lights and observe the busy Singapore evening life.
The promenade behind MBS is very beautiful & one can see the cluster of skyscrapers just behind Merlion..The evening lights makes it more beautiful & wanting you to come back again & again.Its a place where one can also have a leisurely walk, jog or do some cycling.Do not miss the wonderful light & laser show which takes place during weekends.Overall a delightful experience.
A walk around Marina Bay is a must for every visitor coming to Singapore. From every corner of the bay you have a different view of the city, and each one takes your breath away. My preferred time is in the morning when it's not so busy and the sun is rising over the sea. Best is to be there around 6:30am and stop by one of the restaurants around the marina for breakfast thereafter.
The shopping is all designer and all amazing. Ive literally never seen so many luxury brands under one roof. Great for a browse if you are light on cash as there are also some great cafes, a food court and a SUPER HERO restaurant to keep you entertained.
The light show at night with lasers would be better if they turned out the city lights.
The lights on the pedestrian bridge are very pretty.
Not much to see in the day.
Interesting to walk around the bay to watch all the different people going about their daily lives.
from the promenade one gets a spectacular view, Nice place to enjoy your evening as has many restaurants, can enjoy breathtaking live laser show in the water and skyscrapers on the opposite side
There are quite a few MRT station serving Marina Bay Like City Hall , Raffles Place , Bayfront , Downtown , Esplanade and Promenade. This is a land reclaim area of Singapore , it is a Central area. Sometimes , there got F1 car racing events too. This area also hold National Day Parade.
Walk round the bay at night, it is a spectacular view and a great way to relax and walk off your dinner. There is lots to attract your attention, historical sites as well as sculptures and wonderful old colonial buildings. You can stop for a drink or ice cream before carrying on with your walk.
For those from the Midwest, this is like the magnificent mile and navy pier combined.
Excellent for a walk in the morning with great views and in the evening to hangout, be it with friends or family.
The buildin s are so attractive and fascinated in day and night time. In the day time . It's great to take the tour boat to see around and photo with Lion status. The view at night is super b.
Marina Bay stands as a testimony to the incredible growth and stature of Singapore. Marina Bay is a financial center attracting business professionals from around the world.
For the tourists, view from the Marina Bay is a must see, especially at Night with the colorful lights dotting the Nightscape.
Tips for fellow travelers:
- Photography enthusiasts can visit Marina Bay during Night to try out Night Photography... having a Tripod helps if you are interested in Night Photography
- Try out restaurants around the Bay. Though they are expensive compared to the Hawker shops, they offer some delicacies which should not be missed. There are no favorites in particular
- Marina Bay is connected by MRT and being the business center is easily accessible from anywhere in Singapore
- Provides a good view of the Laser show @ Marina Bay Sands and the bay area across the bridge
Close to the hotel mandarin oriental this is the place to visit for a stroll laser show (eg 2000 or 2130) and great variety to choose a restaurant or bar for a drink!
You can even run around the lake (approx 4km) but realize it is really warm here. Big shopping mail below hotel marina sands with all the expensive stores with big names!
Especially nice in the evening!
Wonderful place to visit, shop eat, sight seeing, amazing place. Looking forward to returning very soon.
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