The New Year has brought with it new adventures. This year, Singapore will change a bit more like it has over the last few years. While some things have always been a part of our wonderful city’s pride, others have been added over the years. Let’s take a look at how the Singapore has changed in the last decade.
1. Marina Bay Sands
While this luxurious hotel is now the hero of Singapore’s breathtaking skyline, it wasn’t the case seven years ago. Yes! Marina Bay Sands has been welcoming guests only since 2010. It hosts various restaurants, shops, a casino, and a sky park. In these seven years, it has become one of the most famous buildings in Singapore and has found its way on almost every tourist’s ‘must-see’ list.
Today, Singapore has some of the most luxurious residences to offer but traditional shop houses still remain close to our heart. Most of these authentic Chinese and Peranakan houses have made way for modern buildings and malls, but those that have been restored form a unique part of Singapore’s history.
3. Currency Notes
Over the years, Singapore has seen changes in her currency notes. In the most recent one, in August 2015, the Singaporean Prime Minister introduced a set of six commemorative currency notes to celebrate SG50. These S$50 polymer note and five S$10 polymer notes have been inspired by Singapore’s momentous achievements. They also have a flavour of the country’s values and represent its racial melting pot status.
4. Singapore Flyer
This iconic ferris wheel did not exist 10 years ago. Singaporeans were able to first board this 541 feet high observation wheel in 2008. Since then, it has been an inseparable part of the city. Along with offering breathtaking views of Singapore’s famous landmarks, the Flyer also gives its boarders Premium Sky Dining Flight and Premium Champagne Flight options. On a clear day, you might also be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.
5. Cathay Cinema
The Cathay Cinema (along with the Cathay hotel) was the tallest building not only in Singapore but in South East Asia when it opened in 1936. Since then, it has been an imperative part of Singapore’s entertainment history. While the building has gone through massive changes in the past few decades, its essence has still been retained in the latest structure – The Cathay – which opened its doors in 2006.
Singapore may be changing very quickly but we certainly hope icons of our past like the dragon playground still remain.
How do you feel about Singapore’s rapid rate of change? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.