It has been dubbed “Asia’s Major” and for good reason, as the world’s top female golfers will battle for honours at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Both the Lion City and the line-up of golfing stars for this world-class tournament share a common trait: diversity. The 63 golfers in the field hail from all over the globe and have converged in a city known for its multi-cultural heritage alongside a treasure trove of immersive lifestyle experiences that visitors can enjoy beyond the tournament.
Culture buffs may want to visit the ethnic Kampong Glam (pronounced Ge-lam) or Katong precincts and learn about the Malay and indigenous Peranakan heritage respectively. Head down to vibrant Chinatown to witness Chinese history and tradition come alive, or the curious sight of a Chinese temple sandwiched between a Muslim mosque and an Indian temple on the same stretch of road – testament to Singapore’s multi-cultural society. Singapore’s ethnic cultures are also best experienced through its food. Pop in at a food centre like Maxwell Market or Chinatown Food Street to sample favourite local street food; drop by casual dining outlets in Kampong Glam or Little India serving spicy curries; or linger at Peranakan restaurants to savour the intriguing combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine.
Learn about the ethnic Malay culture in Singapore by exploring the Kampong Glam precinct. (Credit: Singapore Tourism Board)
You can also admire fine art collections at the newly-opened National Gallery of Singapore, the latest jewel in Singapore’s arts scene. Located in the iconic City Hall and former Supreme Court heritage buildings, it is the largest museum in the region housing the world’s most extensive modern Singapore and Southeast Asian art collection.
Immerse yourself in Singapore and Southeast Asian history at the National Gallery Singapore, a newly opened visual art museum (Credit: Darren Soh)
See the trendy side of Singapore through hipster enclaves like Haji Lane and Tiong Bahru. Haji Lane is peppered with charming multi-label stores, quirky boutiques as well as hip bars and cafes. Tiong Bahru fuses the contemporary with history – it is a quaint residential estate with art-deco shophouses and some of the city’s best food and lifestyle establishments.
Find out why Singapore is also known as a city in the garden with a visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a lush tropical oasis newly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the tranquil Gardens by the Bay with its glass-domed conservatories and stunning Supertree Grove. For a walk on the wild side, visit the world-class wildlife attractions of the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari.
Be one with nature at the tranquil Gardens by the Bay with its stunning Supertree Grove and glass-domed conservatories. (Credit: Marklin Ang)
When all that is done, indulge in some retail therapy and find out how Singapore earned its reputation as a global shopping mall. Check out Orchard Road, the Republic’s prime shopping district that spans 2.2 kilometres with retail options for every budget, from designer labels, famous flagships to fast fashion and even homegrown multi-label heritage department stores in Robinsons and Tangs. Or shop round the clock at the all-in-one megaplex Mustafa Centre, which has almost everything to cater to anyone.
Whether it is family-friendly entertainment, retail therapy or just a refreshingly exciting vacation to go alongside the world-class golfing action at the HSBC Women’s Champions, there will be something for everyone to make their trip to Singapore a memorable one.