Civic District

The Civic District is where Singapore’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage begun. Started as a master plan in 1822 by founder of Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles, the Civic District was urban planning at its best, with sections along the Singapore River marked for used and new buildings erected for the needs of a thriving trade post.

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Catch a non-stop line-up of world-class performances at Singapore’s premier arts centre, situated along the scenic Marina Bay. Fondly nicknamed “The Durian” by the locals for its resemblance to the popular fruit, the Esplanade holds a 1,600-seat Concert Hall, a 2,000-seat Theatre and several more intimate performance venues, and has hosted high-profile events. Free programmes, from music and dance to theatre, also regularly take place at various locations in Esplanade.
National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments – former Supreme Court and City Hall – that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District.
Asian Civilisation Museum
With its mix of races and cultures, Singapore has rightfully earned a reputation for being the cultural melting pot of Asia. To showcase this diverse heritage, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) takes you on a grand exploration of the peoples from around the region that have settled on our shores over the past two centuries.
Raffles Landing Site & Merlion Park
Arms folded and looking thoughtfully out to sea, the white polymarble statue of Sir Stamford Raffles at the Singapore River is often photographed. Take your selfies with this popular figure, located at the historic Raffles Landing Site where Raffles was believed to first set foot on the island in 1819.

Half-fish and half-lion, the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront Merlion Park. The body symbolizes Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and its head represents the country’s name ‘lion city’ in Malay. This icon is a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore.
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
After a four-year refurbishment, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall has since reopened in August 2014. Built in 1862, it is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and stands as an iconic landmark in Singapore’s city centre.
The Civilian War Memorial and the Cenotaph
Situated at the War Memorial Park in Beach Road, the Civilian War Memorial commemorates the civilian victims of World War II and the unity of Singapore’s four main races – Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian. The Cenotaph is a war memorial that honours the brave men and women who died during World War I and II.
Fort Canning Park
The hilltop Fort Canning Park was where Malay Royalty once ruled in medieval times, and is now a venue for some of the world’s biggest music acts to perform in front of screaming audiences. The space is chock full of ancient artifacts and beautiful gardens.
St Andrew’s Cathedral
Singapore’s largest cathedral is a stellar example of colonial-era architecture and heritage, and the oldest Anglican house of worship. In 1942, the cathedral was used as an emergency hospital during the frequent air raids of World War II.