Just a short distance from two of Frasers Hospitality’s hotel and serviced residences in Singapore is this imposing temple in Chinatown with its Tang dynasty-style design. In a giant gold stupa on the fourth floor is the sacred Tooth Relic, the left canine tooth of Buddha. The Buddhist Culture Museum is one floor below with its revered bone and tongue relics. The temple is also a place for spiritual reflection and for gaining a deeper insight into Buddhism.
Close to: Capri by Fraser China Square (400m) and Fraser Place Robertson Walk (1.8km)
The first musical box made its way from Europe to Singapore in the 19th century – something you will learn at The Singapore Musical Box Museum. It is the first of such museum here and it allows visitors to appreciate the historical background of musical boxes while acting as a preservation centre for these artefacts. Located in Telok Ayer Street next to Singapore’s oldest Hokkien temple, in-house curators and research workers will guide visitors on a tour to view over 40 antique musical boxes and better understand their intricate mechanisms.
Close to: Capri by Fraser China Square (600m) and Fraser Place Robertson Walk (2.0km)
Visit Design Orchard to find out more about Singapore designers and their creative pieces. If you’re thinking about what to do in Singapore, visit this integrated retail and incubation space that focuses on local brands. It comprises a retail showcase, an incubation workspace exclusively for designers, and a public amphitheatre. It is also an Instagrammable spot and displays the photos of all those who have dropped by the space.
Close to: Fraser Residence Singapore (550m) and Fraser Residence Orchard (1.2km)
How to live like a local
Tip No 1: The Singapore guide to greetings
Singapore may be small but it doesn’t mean all Singaporeans are family, even if everyone seems to be addressing one another as “auntie” or “uncle”. These are just respectful terms used when greeting someone who is older, be it your friend’s parents or a stallholder in the market or food centre.
Surprising fact: Do bear in mind that in some situations, the term “auntie” can be used in derogatory fashion when applied to non-relatives who dress or behave in a stereotypically middle-aged manner.
Stretch your legs
Walk, jog or cycle along the peaceful Singapore River to or from Kim Seng Park. The park is a tranquil piece of nature at River Valley Green and perfect for an exercise session at any time of day, or a gentle stroll after dinner. Close to two Frasers Hospitality serviced apartments and hotels in Singapore and in the vicinity of Great World City and the Alexandra Park Connector, the location also offers extended shopping and leisure options in case you’re wondering what to do in Singapore.
Close to: Fraser Suites Singapore in River Valley (1.0km) and Fraser Place Robertson Walk (1.0km)
Bouncing around on a trampoline is not only great fun but is also said to burn calories three times faster than running. For a quick workout, hop over to AMPED Trampoline Park on Kim Yam Road, between River Valley and Mohamed Sultan roads. There are 5,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines and a foam pit for activities suited to both adults and kids.
Close to: Fraser Place Robertson Walk (450m), Fraser Residence Orchard (1.9km) and Capri by Fraser China Square (1.9km)
Pearl’s Hill City Park
Another green lung that is a hidden oasis of peace and tranquillity is Pearl’s Hill City Park. Built around a reservoir on top of a hill, it is difficult to imagine such a serene spot in the historic Chinatown district with its bustling commerce and buzzy nightlife. Pearl’s Hill City Park is located behind Outram Park MRT Station, and accessible from Pearl Bank, Pearl’s Hill Terrace, Pearl’s Hill Road and Chin Swee Road.
Close to: Capri by Fraser China Square (850m) and Fraser Place Robertson Walk (1.0km)