Yes, granted that Singapore is one of the world’s most expensive countries, but don’t feel discouraged. If you’re on a budget, then Singapore is one of the cheapest countries to visit! How is that? There are many free things to do in Singapore, and many free attractions, that you might just put your wallet away. Check out our list of Singapore freebies and tell us what you think!
1. Check Out The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Buddha’s Tooth Temple is reputed to contain the tooth of Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha. Experience the peaceful tranquility of the temple and let the mesmeric chanting take you to a different dimension. Want to enjoy a simple vegetarian meal here for free? Go right ahead.
2. Swim with Wild Dolphins!
Head over to Sisters Islands Marine Park; snorkel among rich coral reefs and play with the friendly wild dolphins. The waters are clean and blue and you can see quite a way down in the bright Singapore sunshine. Picnic or camp under the shady palms and enjoy yourself.
3.Enjoy a Hike on Mount Faber
Eschew the cable car and hike to the top of Mount Faber. You’ll be rewarded with incredible views of Singapore’s cityscape. Beneath a platform on the summit, you’ll notice several copper-tooled murals that depict Singapore’s history. All this beauty is for free, so enjoy it!
4.Enjoy Free Movies Under the Stars
Movie Mob sets up its outdoor movie theater at different locations each time. Enjoy the old-world experience of sitting on the grass and watching movies under the stars. Sign up and vote for the movie you want to watch next time. Beats having to pay for movie tickets each time!
5.Enjoy Free Festivals!
With festivals that range from the eclectic Buskers Festival to the artistic Singapore Night Festival to the musical Mosaic Music Festival, there’s quality free entertainment for visitors most months of the year. Check out yoursingapore.com for listings.
6.Check Out Amazingly-Alien Supertrees
Avoid the paid attractions at the Gardens of the Bay. Enter the Bay South’s Outdoor Gardens at between 7:45 to 8.45 P.M. and enjoy the most captivating 15-minute light and sound show. The incredible supertrees (tall structures of metal and plant life) will be lit up to the heavens. It’s a sight that must be seen to be believed.
7.Enjoy Some Quiet At Bukit Brown Cemetery
The Bukit Brown cemetery is a lovely green spot surrounded by old tombstones. This heritage site attracts several historians who love to poke among the tombstones. Many migratory and local birds have made their home here; it’s a bird-lover’s paradise.
8. Watch The Marina Bay Sands Light Show!
The brilliant night light show at the Marina Bay Sands is called ‘Wonder Full’ – the perfect name for this totally free delight. Watch the water changing shapes, and bursting into brilliantly-lit fountains to the beat of music at the Event Plaza along the Promenade. There are two shows – one at 8 and the other at 9 P.M. Best part is, you can watch the light show from across the bay.
9. Hike Along The Southern Ridges
Enjoy a blissful hike that takes you through Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and West Coast Park via quaint foot trails. Start your hike at Hort Park, proceed to Alexandra Arch’s forest and enjoy the incredible aerial views of a lit-up Singapore’s at the Henderson waves connection bridge.
10. Enjoy Free Concerts
Sit on the rooftop of The Esplanade’s outdoor theater, drink in hand, and grab your share of free theater and fabulous views. Plays, music concerts and dances are organized here every week – food for the artsy soul. Head to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and watch free shows at The Classics outdoor theater (sso.org.sg/outreach/family-concerts.html).
11. Explore Some Seriously Old Temples
Foot it around Chinatown and check out the Thian Hock Keng temple (oldest in Singapore), which has the most wonderful carvings. Then visit the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See monastery, complete with drum tower, statues and bell. The crème-de-la-crème is the very colorful Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple.
12.Take A Free Art Tour
Singapore has art everywhere. Attend art exhibitions at the Pan Pacific Public Art Space, and the artworks in Marina Bay Sands’ public areas. Singapore’s large hotels (Ex: The Ritz-Carlton Millenia) allow free access to their art collections. Don’t miss visiting the 16 art galleries at the Gillman Barracks. Check out the Jendela gallery exhibitions (esplanadesingapore.com) and lovely art doodles on the walls of Somerset Skate Park.
13. Go On A Merlion Hunt
Do you know how many Merlion statues there are in Singapore? 8, actually, but we won’t tell you where they are. Pack a nice picnic one fine sunny day and go hunting. Hunt them all down and take selfies at each one. Bonus points if you find one more hidden somewhere.
14. Grab Some Scintillating Views
The amazing views of Singapore are absolutely free, but do enjoy them from the best places. Go to the 56th level of ION Orchard building – open between 3 to 6 P.M. – and enjoy the incredible vistas all around. Best part is watching the sunset from the 56th floor – incredible!
15. Fly Some Kites At Marina Barrage
Marina Barrage is a huge, blissful stretch of green, perfect for chilling out, picnicking, playing with kids and flying kites! Set on a hilltop, Marina Barrage is the perfect spot for some great views too!
16.Cycle Scenic Places At Night
Tone those leg muscles a bit by cycling through parkways and colorful places like Changi Village, Ulu Sembawang Park Connector and Punggol Waterway. These scenic places look amazing at night. Wear light-colored clothing and keep your helmets on, please.
With so many free things to do and places to see, it’s a wonder tourists unzip their wallets at all! Enjoy the many wonders of Singapore every day you’re there. All these sights are free, yes, but actually priceless.