Situated in the Central Area of Singapore’s Central Region, Outram is a planning area. The place is located bordering a few other planning areas – Singapore River on its north, the Downtown Core to the east and south, and Bukit Merah to the west. Outram got its name from the Municipality in 1858 and was named after Sir James Outram (1803–1863), a British general who was in charge during the Indian rebellion of 1857. And the Havelock Road near Outram was named after Major-General Sir Henry Havelock. Both – Sir James Outram and Major-General Sir Henry Havelock were the leaders in the army of British during the Revolt of 1857 in India. A place with such a significant role in history is ought to have many interesting places to visit in its vicinity and around. You must surely explore the places to visit near Outram too.
Outram features many important municipal buildings, especially hospitals including Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), Health Sciences Authority, Central Narcotics Bureau and the Police Cantonment Complex. An iconic site in Outram is the Si Pai Poh located at the end of the Outram Road. The Si Pai Poh consists of Sepoy Lines, police station and parade ground area. The term Si Pai Poh means in Hokkien means ‘Sepoy plain” and both Sepoy Line and Sepoy Plains refer to the 1915 public shooting of 47 sepoys that took place at the wall of Outram Prison. This happened after the Singapore Mutiny had broke, which was crushed by the British Military forces.
5 Places To Visit Near Outram
Knowing about the history of a place adds a lot of richness to a traveler’s experience. Here are some of the best places to visit near Outram that you must surely explore on your Singapore vacation:
1. Singapore Botanic Gardens
Created in 1859, the Singapore Botanical Garden has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards and has received Michelin’s three-star rating in 2008. I guess those reasons are good enough to encourage you to visit this extravagant site and take in the various plant specimens belonging to a wide array of families in the plant kingdom. The main attraction is the National Orchid Garden which has a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. The Singapore Botanic Garden is the only garden in the world that remains open from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight every day throughout the year. Also, the visitors are not charged any entry fee except for visiting Orchid Garden that is located within the main gardens and is the main attraction of the Garden.
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Timings: 5 am to 12 am every day
2. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
A two-story colonial style villa, it serves as a museum for commemorating the life and contributions of Sun Yat Sen – the founding father of China who visited Singapore nine times between 1900 and 1911. The villa has put up for display around 400 artifacts like old books, calligraphy works, sculptures, paintings and photographs in the five galleries spread throughout the five galleries. The artifacts also include bronze statues and murals estimated at 1.5 million dollars. The villa is decorated in the style of an old Peranakan house. The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall was also known as Wan Qing Yuan.
Address: 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Open from Tuesday to Sunday)
3. Ion Orchard
This shopping mall also comprises of a residential component called The Orchard Residences. The ION Sky, located on the 55th and 56th floors of this building, offers a panoramic view of the city with all its magnificent towers and buildings. So make sure to not skip those floors. The Media Façade, a multi-sensory canvas media wall, occupies the giant walls of ION Orchard. Located on the 4th floor of the building is an art and exhibition center called ION Art which was built with the purpose of promoting modern and contemporary art by emerging artists and designers.
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Timings: 10 am to 10 pm
4. Sasanaransi Buddhist Temple
It was built by a Burmese expatriate to serve the overseas Burmese Buddhist community and is, therefore, also known as the Burmese Buddhist Temple. It was previously located in Little India, off Serangoon Road, and was relocated to its current location in 1991. It is a multi-storied building, the interiors of which are embellished with paintings depicting events in Buddha’s life and on the third story is a standing gold image of Buddha. Surround by a halo of colorful lights, is a 3.3m tall Buddha statue built from a 10-ton block of marble.
Address: 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
5. Loof Bar And Restaurant
This place is around 5 km away from Geylang but it must be visited to have the best time in the night. It is a rooftop bar and is located as a part of the Odeon Towers. It celebrates the local Singaporean culture in the best way possible. The sitting area is set up amidst lush green plants blooming with colorful flowers. The cocktails here are inspired from the Southeast Asian taste and are one of the things which one must try when partying here. There are plenty of bar snack options ranging from western styled ones to the local ones which go very well with the drinks.
Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore – 188720, 5 km from Geylang
Open till: 01:00 AM
Cost for two: INR 7,000
Did knowing about the history of Outram and the places to visit near Outram excite you? If it did, plan a visit to Singapore soon and enjoy a wonderful holiday on this beautiful island nation. The best time to Singapore on a holiday is between the months of June and July or between November and January. And if you want to attend the Great Singapore Sale and the Singapore Food Festival also, then come to Singapore in the month of July.
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