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Did you know that evidence of modern human habitation in Malaysia dates back to 40,000 years? And did you know that the English name of Singapore is an Anglicisation of the native Malay name for the country, Singapora, which was in turn derived from the Sanskrit word for lion city? Interesting, isn’t it?
Singapore and Malaysia has become one of the most popular travel destinations amongst tourists, all over the world. With multiple sightseeing and entertainment options to explore, Singapore and Malaysia combo trip becomes one of the most exciting choice to avail for travellers in India as well as abroad. Be it a honeymoon or family getaway, these countries offer endless indulgence options to delve into.
However, both Singapore and Malaysia are particularly famous for some exquisite man-made structures. These pieces of marvellous architectures have amazed the lot of tourists that visit these lovely countries every year. In this article, we present you top five man-made structures in Singapore and Malaysia that you simply cannot afford to miss if you every visit these countries. Here we go…
Petronas Twin Towers
This pair of 88-storey high twin towers is definitely a reminder of twin towers we lost in USA in 2011. Considered to be one of the most iconic landmarks of the city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, these towers have appeared in many movies and Bollywood songs. Best to be viewed during night time, these towers are sure to make you awestruck with their sheer architectural magnificence.
The highlight of this major attraction is the two-storey Skybridge situated between the 41st and 42nd floor offering a breath-taking panoramic view of the city, especially at night. However, since the Petronas twin towers are mainly used for commercial purposes, access to the Skybridge gallery is paid and restricted.
Not to worry, even if you can’t make it to the Skybridge, you can still visit the Suria KLCC mall at the base of the towers, where you can shop from many international and luxury brands. There are also various restaurants and a food court where you can stop by to eat after shopping around the mall.
KL Tower or Kuala Lumpur Tower
This 421 meters high tower is located in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur. It is built above the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. This tower essentially represents a beautiful unification of Malaysian and Persian styles of architecture with classic Islamic floral patterns, decorative ‘Muqarnas’ and a spherical pinnacle showcasing the Malaysian rotating top.
The main attraction of this skyscraper is the observation deck located at a height of 276 meters. This observation deck offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the entire city. The observation deck also has tiny shops and photo clicking studio for enthusiasts.
The tower has a super-fast elevator that takes the tourists from the base to the top in couple of seconds. Once the elevators starts moving upwards, you can almost feel the anti-gravity pull. The observation deck also has telescopes that offer a crystal clear view of the city’s iconic landmarks.
The Merlion is the Singapore’s national icon. The Merlion represents a mythical animal with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The Merlion structure can be seen at Merlion Park in Singapore spouting water from its mouth where it stands tall at 8.6 metres and weighs 70 tonnes. Painted in a deep neutral shade, it is the most popular attraction amongst foreign travellers to Singapore.
This structure was built by the local craftsman Lim Nang Seng. It was unveiled on 15 September by the Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in the year 1972. At that time the Merlion was situated at the mouth of the Singapore river to welcome all visitors to Singapore. However, later in the year 2002 relocated 120 metres away from the original position to where it stands in Merlion Park today, in front of Fullerton Hotel and overlooking Marina Bay.
The body of the Merlion symbolises Singapore’s humble beginning as a fishing village. The head of the Merlion is the reminder of the Singapore’s original name, Singapora, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. All these interesting facts make Merlion the most sought tourist attraction of Singapore.
The Singapore Flyer is a giant ferris wheel located over a 3-storey terminal building in Marina Bay. This observation wheel is 150 metres in diameter, 165 metres high, and travels at 0.21m per second. Taller than the giant London Eye in England, this wheel is the most popular and eye-catching structure in Singapore.
A ride in the flyer will give you a breath-taking and panoramic view of sights such as the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Marina Bay, Empress Place, and the Padang. The flyer has 28 city-bus-size, air-conditioned capsules which are designed to carry upto 28 passengers. One complete rotation in the flyer takes around half an hour.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak just like tourist places, the flyer is currently temporarily closed until further notice. However, once the pandemic recedes and restrictions like travel ban and social distancing will be gradually removed the flyer is sure to receive a warm welcome from one and all.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore is an architectural marvel with environmentally sustainable features and advanced design concepts. The structure features three skyscrapers balancing an enormous ship on the top. Even the skyscrapers aren’t regular rectangular buildings but featuring a unique shape that splits in between and stretches on both sides towards the end.
The unique design makes the Marine Bay Sands the topmost eye-catching man-made structure in the entire world. The skyscraper is 57 floors tall and the ship like structure that sits on the top, named Sands SkyPark, spans the total area of 12,000 square metre. This area is enough to accommodate at least four A380 planes side by side.
The SkyPark features restaurants, bars, 250 trees, an observation deck offering 360-degree view of the city skyline, and a 150-metre long Infinity Pool. Tourists are allowed to explore the hotel however, the access to the pool and restaurant is restricted only to members and guests.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Shruti Nimbkar
Liza from USA on November 04, 2020:
Let's hope the coronavirus faded away, and we shall be able to travel again!
Shruti Nimbkar (author) from Mumbai on November 04, 2020:
Thank you Liza for your precious comment. Singapore is truly a beautiful and magnificent country. I visited it last year. Just before corona wreaked a havoc in the world. I miss it so dearly. It's a lovely lovely place to be. Especially universal studios. I wish to visit it again. This article does come from a special place.
Liza from USA on November 03, 2020:
Every year, I go back to Malaysia and have never missed visiting Singapore as well. However, this year I have canceled the trip to both as the coronavirus still lingering around the globe. Thanks for your article, Shruti.
Shruti Nimbkar (author) from Mumbai on November 01, 2020:
Liz Westwood from UK on November 01, 2020:
These structures look amazing. This is a well-presented and informative article.