On our island, it is not unusual to see a pre-war building with intricate, handcrafted architecture being surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers - showing a different side to the iconic tourist attractions.
A quiet stroll along the city's business hubs such as Tanjong Pagar and Raffles Quay will open your eyes to the slices of history interwoven within the landscape; where multi-coloured shophouses bear testament to our flavourful past.
You can also discover subtle Fengshui influences in some of Singapore's ultra-modern developments such as the Marina Bay Sands, the inward-flowing Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City and even the 28 capsules of the Singapore Flyer.
Villages in the city
Even as a city of the future, historical cultural precincts remain around the island. A visit to neighbourhoods in the city centre like Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam will offer you a charming glimpse into Singapore's culture and how life was like before.
A hole-in-the-wall experience
For an evening of cocktails and conversations, head to Emerald Hill where traditional Peranakan-style houses have been converted into bars and bistros. Located along a semi-hidden alley in Orchard Road, it is surrounded by shopping malls featuring multi-sensory facades.See reviews at
Ancient geomancy practices within modern architecture
Singapore may be one of the most modern cities in the world, but we still remain in touch with traditions. Be it the Singapore Flyer or Marina Bay Sands, learn more about how ancient Fengshui practices have influenced the design of some of our most iconic landmarks*.
*This article was originally written by Daphne Boey and published on Going Places Singapore, 31 January 2013.Find out more