As is widely known, Singapore is fun but also one of the most expensive Asian cities to visit. That said, the city-state is not empty of enjoyable free attractions. Given the small size of the country, all of these free sights are incredibly convenient to visit too.
- Jewel Changi Airport
The bulk of visitors to Singapore arrive by air. If that’s the case for you too, one of the country’s best free attraction would be right before you.
Referred to simply as “Jewel” by locals, Jewel Changi Airport is a multi-use complex right at the heart of Changi Airport. A shopping mall, recreational hub, cineplex, and conservatory wrapped into one, the highlights here are the stunning HSBC Rain Vortex indoor waterfall and the lush Shiseido Forest Valley surrounding the cascade. Both of which are free to enjoy throughout the day.
For visitors who do not mind spending a little, the Canopy Park at the top of the complex also houses a variety of games and attractions. In short, an entire day could be spent having fun at ultra-modern Jewel.
- Gardens by the Bay
Sprawling Gardens by the Bay at the southern tip of the city-state is nowadays the showpiece of Singaporean tourism. With night-time pictures of its signature “Super-Trees” gracing many postcards.
With the exception of the Flower and Cloud Forest Domes, and the Floral Fantasy exhibition, the whole of Gardens by the Bay is free to enter and enjoy. Outside of the Super-Trees, there’s also a multitude of mini gardens, art sculptures, and picturesque spots throughout the ground. For visitors with more energy, a 15 minutes stroll southwards also brings one to Marina Barrage. This futuristic barrage, a sentry of sorts facing Singapore’s south, is completely free to enter.
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
A newer temple in Singapore, and the most striking landmark in the Chinatown district, entering the gorgeous Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is akin to stepping into a golden palace. One with walls graced by thousands of Tibetan-style Buddha figures.
The upper floors of the temple i.e. the free museum also houses a sizable collection of Buddhist sculptures and art, the showpiece being the dazzling hall venerating the eponymous Buddha Tooth Relic. Whether you’re a Buddhist, or not, you are sure to be amazed by the exotic religious masterpieces literally found at every corner of this beloved institution.
- Haw Par Villa
Do you love Chinese mythology? Or are you a fan of the macabre?
If so, free-to-enter Haw Par Villa is a must on your Singaporean vacation itinerary. An older sculpture park on the outskirts of downtown, and one with a subway station right before it, Haw Par Villa has long been hailed as one of the weirdest attractions of Southeast Asia. Filled to the brim with statues based on Chinese folktales and myths, this compact park is as fascinating as it is disturbing. Notoriously, there is even a “Ten Courts of Hell” cavern, one that unapologetically displays what happens to sinners in the Chinese hell.