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Singapore is a city that splits opinion. If you believe everything you read, you’ll learn that Singapore is both a stop-over city and a destination in its own right, that there’s really nothing to do there except the huge and growing list of things to do and that its too clean and devoid of character while also full of cultural heritage and history.

You’ll also be convinced that you’ll enjoy reasonable, maybe even budget prices in one of Asia’s most expensive cities. Here, those in the know may have a point. Singapore isn’t a cheap destination by any means, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t bargains to be found. In fact, there are many attractions and things to do in Singapore that are completely free.

In this article, we cover 10 free things to do in Singapore, borrowed from our full guide where you’ll find even more.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, Free Things To Do In Singapore
Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay

1. Gardens by the Bay

18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Bayfront |  View on TripAdvisor

Gardens by the Bay captures the essence of Singapore’s tropical Garden City image. This huge development houses several themed gardens, bio-domes (entrance fees apply) and a remarkable Supertree Grove. You could spend an entire day here.

Litle India, Singapore
Little India is the centre of Singapore’s Indian community

2. Little India

 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217963
Little India |  View on TripAdvisor

The smell of incense permeates through the air as soon as you emerge from Little India MRT station. This cultural area for Singapore’s Indian community is full of shops and restaurants. There are also beautiful temples which you are welcome to explore. It’s a small taste of India, but one you’ll really appreciate.

Carpet stores in Arab Street, Singapore
Need to buy a roll of carpet? Arab Street is where you need to be.

3. Arab Street

Arab St, Singapore 199801
Bugis |  View on TripAdvisor

This cultural area for Singapore’s Arab community is well known for it’s Persian carpet shops, jewellers and stores selling leather goods. Make sure you stop for a Teh Tarik at one of the hole-in-the-wall cafes and that you also check out the impressive Sultan Mosque

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Market in Chinatown, Singapore
Trinkets, toys and clothes galore at Singapore’s Chinatown market.

4. Chinatown

Pagoda St, Singapore 059242
Chinatown |  View on TripAdvisor

Beautifully restored colonial buildings painted in bright colours greet you as you arrive whilst street vendors and hawkers selling food and trinkets ply for your attention. The area truly comes alive during Chinese New Year season, when a market stretches around the block and decorations adorn building.

Wonder Full is truly wonderful.

5. Wonder Full

2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972
Bayfront |  Daily (see website for times)

Fire and lasers burst from the water whilst images are projected on clouds of water vapour. This 15 minute show is packed full of tricks and is genuinely impressive.

A spell-binding show of water, lights and fireworks.

6. Crane Dance

8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 099958
HarbourFront |  Daily (see website for times)

A fabulous show involving two huge animatronic cranes, lots of water and lots of lights and pyrotechnics. This is a one-of-a-kind show that really shouldn’t be missed. Spectators sat at the front might get a bit wet.

A calming show of lights to atmospheric music.

7. Garden Rhapsody

18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Bayfront |  Daily (see website for times)

By day, the Supertree Grove is a marvel of engineering. By night, these impressive structures come to life in a spectacular burst of colour. For the best view, take a seat right amongst the Supertrees.

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Sultan Mosque, Singapore
The grand facade of the Sultan Mosque, Singapore

8. Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque)

 715 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198684
Bugis | View on TripAdvisor

Built in 1824, the gold-domed Sultan Mosque is the focal point for Singapore’s Muslim community. Visiting hours are restricted and access is reliant on several criteria. See the official website for guidance.

Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore
Spectacularly intricate detail at Sri Mariamman Temple, in sharp contrast to the nearby CBD.

9. Sri Mariamman Temple

244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793
Chinatown |  View on TripAdvisor

You’re free to roam around this ornate and elaborately decorated Hindu temple. Colourful sculptures of deities and mythological beasts are in abundance and are in stark contrast to the nearby skyscrappers in the CBD.

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Singapore
Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is a fantastic place for considerate people watching.

10. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

178 Waterloo St, Singapore 187964
Bugis |  View on TripAdvisor

This Buddhist temple, built in 1884, is thought to bring good luck to visitors. Its central location means it’s busy all day, therefore it’s great for respectful observance of Buddhist worship.

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