The Concrete Landscape of Singapore

For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of Singapore, other than the fresh air, delectable food and amazing shopping was the architecture.  I was so impressed by the various buildings and landmarks in Singapore that I really think they deserve a post of their own. I’m not talking about the gorgeous tropical scapes, but rather the very impressive buildings and sculptures found throughout Singapore.

My husband kept making fun of me as I stopped every few seconds to stare at the buildings, statues and infrastructure in general. He said that this was not the only country with this kind of landscape, but for me, this was the only place similar to this that I had visited in the last three years. I think I’ve been living in the developing world for too long.

I have to say I was really in awe of all the beautiful structures, both new and old. I loved how modernity and tradition somehow managed to harmoniously collide . I greatly appreciated how so many different cultures and backgrounds  shared common space staying true to themselves and keeping their traditions but adapting to their new entourage.

This is mostly a Photo Post of some of the buildings that attracted me the most. I tried to name as many as I remember and I hope you enjoy this journey of Singapore thru photos.

Wide, Clean Sidewalks on Orchard Road

One of the oldest malls on Orchard

Ion Mall

Ion Mall

Ion Mall

Ion Mall

Statues outside Ion Mall


MRT Station

In a nutshell…

Marriot Hotel on Orchard

Seven-Eleven Street Shop

Orchard at Night

The view from our Hotel on Orchard

Chijmes Center

Concrete Jungle


Temple that divides Little India from China Town

Street in Little India. One of the few places where people jaywalk.

Paper-Thin Buildings

Stark Contrasts. Tradition and Modernity harmoniously collide.

Little India as seen from a Double Decker Bus.

Mosque on Arab Street

Fullerton Hotel.

China Town. Notice all the brand new cars. I don’t think I saw a car more than 4 years old.

Little India

China Town

Building by China Town


Temple in China Town

Wall Art

Little India


Art and Science Center


Waterfront in Marina Bay

The Merlion

Government Building by Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Office Building

Singapore Flyer

Art and Science Center

Sculpture in a roundabout

Government Building

The next few photos are of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. I’m sorry there are so many but I was very impressed by both the inside and outside of this huge modern structure.

Marina Bay Sands Shopping Center

Marina Bay Sands Shopping Center

Fountain at Marina Bay

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

8 thoughts on “The Concrete Landscape of Singapore

  1. Great photos! I went to Singapore for a couple days a few years ago as part of a longer trip and I remember being amazed at how many malls/shopping areas they have. And how clean the streets are. It was a stark contrast to China, where I had been immediately before Singapore, where everyone spits and litters. Might have something to do with Singapore’s caning punishment for such crimes!

    • I know exactly how you feel! Indonesia might compare to China so as soon as I stepped out of the airplane I felt like I was in a different planet! Fast-forward 4 days, I’m back in Jakarta, the airport literally stinks and I got stuck in traffic for 2 and a half hours trying to travel 15 miles to get home… Nonetheless, I would not change a thing. As long as the four of us are together, it’s all good and the chaos fades away.

  2. Anna, if you go to Singapore again, I recommend you to visit Iluma, that’s next to the “office building” photo. It has a connecting bridge from Bugis Junction. I went photo crazy inside Iluma, I think you will love it. Let me find my photo collection and I’ll post the link here 🙂

    • Wow Fenny! They look amazing!!! I have to go ther eand take some pics! The problem is the boys always try to take my camera away! haahah oh well! THanks for the links!!!

      • You’re most welcome, Anna :). Glad you like them.
        I can imagine the boys would be as excited as you are to take the pics hehehe..
        What if each of them carry a disposable camera? Maybe they would be busy taking pics as well, just a thought ;D

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