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Marina Bay

Country
Singapore
State
Singapore (General)
City
Marina Bay
Type of Location
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About Location

Marina Bay is a bay near Central Area in the southern part of Singapore and lies to the east of the Downtown Core.Marina Bay is set to be a 24/7 destination with endless opportunities for people to “explore new living and lifestyle options, exchange new ideas and information for business and be entertained by rich leisure and cultural experiences”.It is here where the most innovative facilities and infrastructure such as the underground “common services tunnel” are built and where mega activities take place.The URA Master Plan for Marina Bay aims to encourage a mix of uses for this area, including commercial, residential, hotel and entertainment, to ensure that the area remains vibrant round the clock.All developments in the area aim to promote the 3 premises of Explore, Exchange and Entertain.In 1970s, land reclamation was carried out at Marina Bay, forming what is today the Marina Centre and Marina South areas.In the reclamation process, Telok Ayer Basin was removed from the map, while the Singapore River's mouth now flows into the bay instead of directly into the sea.In 2008, Marina Barrage was built, turning Marina Bay and Kallang Basin into a new downtown freshwater Marina Reservoir, providing water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle attraction.The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix took place on September 28, 2008 on a street circuit through Marina Bay.It was also the first ever Formula One Grand Prix to be staged at night, with the track fully floodlit.

In line with Singapore's image as a Garden City, construction of three waterfront gardens is underway at Marina Bay.The 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay site is made up of Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central across the mouth of the Singapore River.Phase 1 of the Gardens is scheduled to open in 2011.All three gardens will be interconnected via a series of pedestrian bridges to form a larger loop along the whole waterfront and linked to surrounding developments, open public spaces, transport nodes and attractions.Through plant-based edutainment, horticultural displays, garden craftsmanship and floral artistry, Gardens by the Bay will provide another source of recreation for Singaporeans and tourists alike.Completed in July 2010, the Marina Bay City Gallery is an eco-friendly building by the waterfront promenade along Marina Boulevard.The gallery showcases a large-scale model of Marina Bay, by incorporating the latest multimedia technology, visitors can navigate their way around the model to experience and appreciate the new city coming up around Marina Bay.



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How to Reach

By Air

Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) was opened on 8 February 2002 as one of the terminal Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations for the East West Line and located in between Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.From the airport Marina Bay Sands hotel guests can use a 24-hour shuttle bus for free, but all others need to pay S$25 — nearly the same price as a taxi.

By Train

There are currently 5 rail stations: City Hall, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Promenade and Esplanade stations serving Marina Bay.By 2020, the 360 hectares Marina Bay will boast a comprehensive transport network as Singapore's most rail-connected district.The first three new MRT lines will open between 2012 and 2014.By 2018, the Marina Bay district will have six or more MRT stations all no more than five minutes of each other.A comprehensive pedestrian network including shady sidewalks, covered walkways, underground and second-storey links will ensure all-weather protection and seamless connectivity between developments and mass rapid transit stations.Within Greater Marina Bay, water taxis will even double up as an alternative mode of transportation.

By Bus

Getting to the southern half is more difficult.The nearest MRT station to Marina Bay Sands is Promenade, from where you can walk across the Helix pedestrian bridge in about 15 minutes, or connect to any of buses 97, 106 or 133.The same buses also serve Marina Bay MRT, which (despite the name) isn't particularly convenient for anything else just yet. However, there are no less than three new MRT lines in the area under construction, all scheduled to open in 2012-2014.

Key places to visit
Marina Bay Floating Platform, Singapore Grand Prix, National Day Parade, Art Science Museum, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore Fireworks Festival


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Places to Visit

Marina Bay Floating Platform

is the world's largest floating stage.It is located on the waters of the Marina Reservoir, in Marina Bay, Singapore.Made entirely of steel, the floating platform on Marina Bay measures 120 metres long and 83 metres wide, which is 5% larger than the soccer field at the National Stadium.The platform can bear up to 1,070 tonnes, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tonnes of stage props and three 30-tonne military vehicles.The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.The floating stadium will be a venue for events on the waters of Marina Bay for five years from 2007.These events may include sports, concerts, exhibitions and the arts and cultural performances.The National Day Parade will also be held annually for five years at the stadium which is meant to be an interim venue in place of the National Stadium until the Singapore Sports Hub at Kallang is completed in 2014.

Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore Grand Prix is a motor race, currently in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship.It is currently held in the Marina Bay area of Singapore.Upon resurrection of the event in 2008, the first race at the Marina Bay location, which was also Formula One's first night race, was won by Spanish driver Fernando Alonso driving for the Renault F1 team.Singapore's third Night Race was held in September 2010, in conjunction with a comprehensive 10-day entertainment schedule.Officially known as the Grand Prix Season Singapore 2010, which led up to the final race which included parties, race-themed events, music concerts, exhibitions and dining & shopping experiences.

National Day Parade

is a national ceremony in Singapore as its name implies includes a parade on Singapore's National Day on August 9, in commemoration of Singapore's independence that is usually held at the Padang (1966 - 1974), the National Stadium, various decentalized venues all over Singapore or The Float at Marina Bay.The upcoming parade, National Day Parade 2011 will be held at The Float at Marina Bay.Singapore celebrated its first National Day in 1966, one year after Singapore's independence from Malaysia on 9 August 1965.The venue of the parade is usually at the historical grounds of the Padang, where the declaration of Singapore's independence was held. Since the first parade in 1966, all the way to 1975, the venue was located in this central area to bring the parade closer to the people. In 1976, the parade was held for the first time at the newly completed National Stadium where the much larger capacity allowed for more to view the parade live.

Art Science Museum

Art Science Museum is the world's first ArtScience museum and the largest private museum in Singapore.It is part of the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.It mainly hosts international traveling exhibitions although it has a small permanent exhibition.Some of the exhibitions it has hosted include Genghis Khan: The Exhibition, Dal: Mind of a Genius – The Exhibition, Van Gogh Alive - The Exhibition, and Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds.$30 adult, $27 senior citizen, $17 child.

Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

Singapore's equivalent of Sydney's famous Opera House except that the two-lobed spiky Singaporean version deliberately bears a striking resemblance to the durian a tropical fruit related to the jackfruit which is notorious for its sharp odour.Opera, dance, classical concerts and similar entertainment is offered daily.Prices for the main entertainment start from $20-30 for poor seats up to over a $100 for good ones.For the traveller on a budget there are usually free productions on the outdoor riverside stage on weekends.

Jalan Besar Stadium

is a football stadium located along Jalan Besar, in the Kallang area of Singapore and is the current home stadium of Young Lions, a S.League football team. The stadium can also be used for any Singapore national football team matches as the National Stadium, Singapore is being renovated.It has a seating capacity of 6,000.It is also part of the Jalan Besar Sports and Recreation Centre, a community sports facility that includes the stadium and a swimming complex.The stadium also hosts S.League games that are shown Live on Starhub cable television every Wednesday and Friday and on free-to-air television every Friday.On 24 July 2010, it was used as the venue of a friendly match between Burnley F.C. and Singapore Selection side.During the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics held in Singapore, the stadium was the designated venue for both the boys and girls football tournament.

Singapore Fireworks Festival

is an annual event held in Singapore as part of its National Day celebrations.It features several local and foreign teams which launch fireworks displays on different nights.First held in 2004 at Marina Bay, the event was initially known as the Singapore Fireworks Festival and organised by Unusual Productions.In 2007, the festival was renamed to Singapore Fireworks Celebrations and had a new organiser Festival Square Circle.The event cost over S$1 million and featured 130 varieties of fireworks over two days.The event was supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.The amount of fireworks used has grown in magnitude over the past three years, from 4,000 rounds used in 2004 to over 9,000 in 2006.

Right Time to Visit

September - January
April - August

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