MARINA BAY, INTRODUCTION AND SOUTH AREA

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Hi, my name’s Marcy, and I’m your personal guide. Along with MyWoWo, I’d like to welcome you to one of the Wonders of the World: Marina Bay.

Marina Bay is the heart of modern Singapore.

This vast bay area, sheltered to the south by the Marina Barrage, with a seafront walkway of three and a half kilometers featuring bridges, hotels, theaters, museums and gardens, is one of the best-known spots in Singapore.

This is largely thanks to a number of futuristic buildings that have become the symbol of the city, and to the Formula One Grand Prix held here every year, which attracts millions of spectators.

It is here that the city’s top events take place, including the Fireworks Celebrations and the Singapore National Day Parade.

Looking onto the south side of the Bay are the famous Gardens by the Bay, near which you can admire one of the best-known buildings on the Singapore skyline: Marina Bay Sands, the huge resort, immediately recognizable thanks to its three 55-storey towers, linked by a roof shaped like a canoe. On the roof is an enormous park with the longest rooftop swimming pool in the world at 146 meters, as well as restaurants, nightclubs and gardens with hundreds of trees and plants. Unfortunately, the roof is accessible to hotel guests only.

The resort, designed by the Israeli architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 2010, also includes a 120,000-square-meter convention center, a museum, two theaters, two floating crystal pavilions, a skating rink and the largest casino in the world, with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.

The same talented Israeli architect also designed the small ArtScience Museum, reminiscent of a lotus flower with its white petal structure, which looks onto the bay near the two bridges that cross it from south to north. The museum has a small permanent collection dedicated to technology, but is mainly used for temporary exhibitions.

You can reach the seafront on the north side by crossing the Helix, the pedestrian bridge that starts out near Merlion Park.

 

 

An interesting fact: in the 2016 film Independence Day – Resurgence, there is a scene in which the whole of Marina Bay is destroyed by an alien attack.

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