If you’re looking to travel to Asia sometime soon and you don’t know where to go, Gene Bernshtam recommends that you visit Singapore first. As a melting pot of diverse cultures, the country presents its locals and guests with a variety of festivals and cuisines, on top of its own Singaporean flavors. But if the food selection alone isn’t enough to convince you to choose the Lion City as your first Asian destination, here are three other reasons why:
1. Marina Bay. This is a commercial district surrounded by hotels, malls, restaurants and many other tourist attractions. The Marina Bay Sands Casino is an architectural masterpiece all on its own, which is why it’s arguably the most popular ‘attraction’ here. But if you need more reason, here’s one: tourists can enter the casino for free (locals and residents must pay about $100 to get in). Don’t miss Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, and the ArtScience Museum while you’re here.
2. Chinatown. Home to the country’s gay community, Chinatown delights the senses with its restaurants, shops, temples, mosque, museums, and galleries. Eugene Bernshtam insists that the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a must-see. Completed in 2007, the four-story temple is home to a towering statue of Maitreya Buddha which measures about 27 feet tall. The main hall is also where the sacred relic—one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teeth—can be found.
3. Little India. North of the city centre is Little India, home to Singapore’s Indian community. Upon arrival, you will be immediately greeted by Indian temples reminiscent of their counterparts in native India. See Hindu temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman, and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, as well as Buddhist temples, Leong San Temple, and Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple.
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