Thursday, September 26, 2013

Best Places in Singapore - Part II: Clarke Quay

Another must-to-visit place is the Clarke Quay entertainment area. During day time you can take a boat ride that goes from Clarke Quay to the Marina Bay and back, but it is at night that Clarke Quay really comes alive as people in bars, restaurants and tapas places fill the sides of the canal. The atmosphere is truly international as restaurants from all nationalities are offering delicious food and drinks to a variety of Singaporeans, Europeans, Americans, Australians, Africans....

From the boat ride you can spot the national symbol of Singapore - the Merlion statue. The statue has the head of a lion and the body of a fish; "mer" means the sea. Singapore is derived from a Malay word that means the lion city. There are no lions in Singapore (except for the zoo of course :D) but at least according to a story a prince in the 13th century found the island with an animal he thought was a lion, so he named the island the lion city.

X Ang Moh Chick

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