Virtual Tour 11: Marina Bay Singapore

Marina Bay is a bay located on the southern side of the island of Singapore. The area surrounding the bay itself, also called Marina Bay, is 360-hectares of prime waterfront built on land reclaimed from the sea. Those of you who are F1 fans will recognize Marina Bay as the site of the street course for the Singapore Grand Prix.

I was in Singapore in 2017 to attend a multi-day workshop conducted by the bicycle company Specialized. One lunchtime a Specialized employee loaned me a Di2-equipped S-Works Tarmac and we went on a 16km / 10 mi anti-clockwise spin around Marina Bay.

Marina Bay is the centrepiece of Singapore’s urban transformation efforts. Land reclamation works were completed in 1992. Since then Marina Bay has grown into a leading financial centre, a civic space, and a community playground.

To give you an idea of the extent of the land reclamation, Beach Road, which is parallel to Nicoll Highway (see the centre of the map), used to run along the beach.

The first building on our route is the Singapore Chinee Cultural Centre, completed in 2016. The podium is envisioned as a solid rock, and the glass box tower is envisioned as the crystal palace above the mountain peak.

Then you come upon the Marina Bay Sands. This integrated resort’s most prominent feature is the three hotel towers topped by the SkyPark, a three-acre park on top of the building with swimming pools, gardens, and jogging paths. The complex also houses a casino, a convention centre, a museum, a shopping mall, a large theatre, restaurants etc.

The building in the foreground said to be reminiscent of a lotus flower, is the ArtScience Museum.

The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares / 250 acres. In the background are the two conservatories. In the foreground are three Supertrees. There are eighteen of these tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights that range between 25 metres / 82 ft and 50 metres / 160 ft.

Next is the Marina Barrage. This dam provides water storage, flood control and recreation. This is the Marina Barrage Bridge that spans the mouth of Marina Bay.

This is the view across the bay from the Marina Barrage Bridge. As well as the Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by the Bay You can see the Singapore Flyer. The Flyer is a Ferris wheel that is 165 metres / 541 ft high.

The next bridge we crossed was the Tanjung Rhu Suspension Bridge. This bridge crosses the Geylang River.

These spiky buildings make up the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. The spikes are a cladding of aluminium sunshades.

The other side of the Singapore River from the theatres is the Merlion Statue. The Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore, depicted as a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish.

3km / 2mi later we were back at Bukit Pasoh Road. The road is mainly lined with conserved shophouses. A shophouse is a building that is a shop on the ground floor and the owner’s residence on the upper floors.

The Specialised Asia Pacific Pte Ltd offices are in one of these conserved shophouses. Look closely and you can spot which one.

Here are a couple of bonus photographs. My wife and I treated ourselves to a weekend stay at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in 2018. Marina Bay is spectacular at night.

This is the view looking down on the Gardens by the Bay from the Skypark atop the hotel.

6 response to "Virtual Tour 11: Marina Bay Singapore"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 29, 2020

    Wow! Great ride and spectacular photos and architecture.
    The resort with the Sky Park is truly amazing!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: May 30, 2020

    I like the contrast in scale between the shophouses and the skyscraper behind. I wonder how all of that reclaimed land will go with climate change? The sky park is unique – as if a boat got wedged on top of the buildings during a tsunami!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: May 30, 2020

      The Sky Park was designed to look like a ship. A nod to Singapore’s long history as an entrepot port. And of course to the location of the Marina Bay Sands right at the water’s edge.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: May 30, 2020

    I really enjoyed the pictures and information! What a place to ride … and take pictures!

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 31, 2020

    I checked up on the Singapore Brompton Riders group some time back. If I ever return I will try and take the Brom and join a ride – especially now I have seen your pictures.

    I understand there is a fair bit of night riding done – it’s cooler.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: May 31, 2020

      Night riding for sure. And I hear Singapore is linking/has already linked all the once separate bike paths so that you can circumnavigate the entire island by bicycle. That would be a cool ride.

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