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Marina Bay – A bay in central area in southern part of Singapore.




Marina Bay is a bay near Central Area in the southern part of Singapore.

Overview

• It lies to the east of the Downtown Core.
• Marina Bay is set to be a 24/7 destination with endless opportunities for people.
• This place is ideal to “explore new living and lifestyle options, for information for business, and be entertained by rich leisure and cultural experiences.
• Here, there is an underground “common services tunnel” built and mega activities take place.
• In 1970s, land reclamation was carried out at Marina Bay.
• This lead to formation of what are today the Marina Center and Marina South areas.
• Singapore River’s mouth now flows into the bay instead of directly into the sea.
• In 2008, Marina Barrage was built.
• Downtown freshwater Marina Reservoir, provides water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle attraction.

Events at Marina Bay

• Inaugural Singapore Grand Prix on September 28, 2008
• First ever Formula One Grand Prix
Flat@Marina Bay has hosted events such as:
• National Day Parade
• New Year’s Eve Countdown
• Singapore Fireworks Celebrations
• The world’s largest floating stadium played host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the inaugural Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.

1. Common Services Tunnel
• Singapore is the second Asian country after Japan to implement a comprehensive Common Services Tunnel system.
• This is to distribute various utility services to all developments at Marina Bay.
The network of purpose-built tunnels houses:
• Water pipes
• Electrical and telecommunication cables
• Other utility services underground
• 100% emergency backup services
• Expansion to meet changing utility needs

2. Water management
• 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.
• It has a limited access to marine transportation to regulate the water quality.
• The barrage will also prevent flooding in the Chinatown area.

3. Transportation
There are currently 5 rail stations serving Marina Bay:
• City Hall
• Raffles Place
• Marina Bay
• Promenade
• Esplanade stations

Attractions of Marina Bay

• Art Science Museum
• Asian Civilizations Museum
• Customs House
• Esplanade Park
• Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
• Marina Barrage
• Marina Bay City Gallery
• Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink
• Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
• Merlion Park
• Mist Walk
• National Art Gallery
• Sands SkyPark
• Singapore Flyer
• The Arts House
• The Float @ Marina Bay
• The Fullerton Heritage Gallery
• The Helix
• Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall
• Youth Olympic Park

Latest and Upcoming Attractions at Marina Bay

• Gardens by the Bay
• Marina Bay City Gallery
• Waterfront Promenade
• 50 Collyer Quay (OUE Bayfront)
• Asia Square Tower 1 (2011) Tower 2 (2013)
• Art Science Museum (completed)
• Gardens by the Bay (2011)
• International Cruise Terminal (2011)
• Marina Coastal Expressway (2013)
• Marina Bay Financial Centre (2010)
• Marina Bay Link Mall (2010)
• Marina Bay Suites (2013)
• Mass Rapid Transit Circle Line Extension
• North South Line will be extended from Marina Bay MRT Station to the new International Cruise Terminal (2014)
• One Shenton Way

Key Developments

• Bayfront Bridge
• Clifford Pier
• Common Services Tunnel
• Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
• F1 Pit Building
• Marina Bay Street Circuit
• The Float at Marina Bay
• The Helix Bridge
• Marina Barrage
• Marina Bay Golf Course
• Marina Bay Sands
• Marina South Pier
• Millenia Walk
• One Marina Boulevard
• One Raffles Quay
• The Lawn @ Marina Bay
• The Promontory @ Marina Bay
• The Sail @ Marina Bay
• Singapore Flyer
• Suntec City
• Youth Olympic Park

Events of Singapore

• Singapore Food Festival
• Singapore Grand Prix
• Singapore Arts Festival
• Chingay Parade
• World Gourmet Summit
• ZoukOut
• Singapore Sun Festival
• Christmas
• Singapore Jewel Festival

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Best time to visit/climate

• Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
• Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
• Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
• Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
• Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. To reach Marina Bay by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
Take the MRT and alight at City Hall, Raffles Place and Marina Bay Stations or the Promenade & Esplanade Stations on the Circle Line.

2. To reach Marina Bay by Bus Services
To get to Marina Bay by bus, simply use the Iris Journey Planner.

3. To reach Marina Bay by Water Taxis
Within Marina Bay, water taxis provide scenic rides

How to reach Singapore?
1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Marina Bay

Blogs at marinabaysands.com
Blogs at passportchop.com
Blogs at travelblog.org
Blogs and reviews at marina-bay.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Marina Bay

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at marina-bay.sg
Images at singaporeshots.com

Videos of Marina Bay






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