In Pictures: Marina Bay, Singapore at Night

For today's In Pictures I'd be featuring my night photos of Marina Bay in Singapore. The waterfront is ringed by promenades, parks, skyscrapers, iconic landmarks and malls, which make it a popular tourist destination in the city-state, and great place to do a photo walk. The place feels like too sanitized and made up for me, but it does looks pretty and you can see some good examples of architecture, in a blend of the old and the new sort of thing.

Fullerton Hotel

My favorite structure is of course the durian-shaped Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay (above). The building is a venue for the performing arts.

Here, on the foreground is the historic Fullerton Hotel, which was originally the General Post Office building. It was built in 1928 and redeveloped into a hotel in 2001.

This is the view of the skyline, providing a backdrop to the business district. It is taken from The Float, which is a stage for concerts and Formula One races.

Just across the road from Fullerton Hotel is the statue of the Merlion - one of the national symbols of Singapore, and one of the most popular tourist traps in the world. The lion alludes to the original name of the city, Singapura, which means Lion City, and the fish symbolizes the origin of Singapore as a small fishing village. Though the symbol was just a recent invention - it was the brainchild of the curator of an aquarium, and was commissioned by the Singapore Tourist Board in 1964 [1] - the merlion now almost always means Singapore. 


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