This is Singapores latest and most talked about venue. It appears that Singapore is always under construction with improvements and this is no exception. The performing arts centre stands out from the crowd of building because of its "spiky" domes and the building is affectionately known as the "DURIANS", a spiky and pungent fruit which is also known as the "KING OF FRUITS" by your friendly local Singaporians.
You wont be able to miss this magnificant 2 dome shaped architecture on the bay near the Merlion Walk.
The Esplanade - Theatres on the bay building has a nickname which is "Durian" (King of the fruits). It is suppose to look like the a microphone.
The arts land food lover will love this place. It also houses many restaurants and the glutton bay where they serve all the local hawker fares is just next to it.
Look out for the "I WAS HERE" and take a picture ;p
A beautifully designed unique architecture for the theatres and the art.
The "thorny" roofs of the buildings resemble the thorns of a popular local seasonal fruit called "durian". Hence it has been fondly called "Durian".
Even if you are not going to see a concert or recital, it is a great place to walk along the river promenade to see across the Fullerton and Merlion and city skyscrapper skyline.
At night, the place has an special glow about it.
The Esplanade is a theatre complex (not cinema) with restaurants and shops, too. It's located close to the City Hall MRT and connected to that station. The building looks like 2 durian fruit.
The name of the building is pronounced "esplan-ade" like "lemonaide", not "espla-nahd".
Often there is outdoor music being played between the Esplanade exit and the river. If you look closely toward the central business district, you will see the Fullerton Hotel (with it's columns) and the Merlion statue. Consider walking toward those sites from the Esplanade.
Esplanade Park is a nice park with quite a few interesting memorials located in it.
Tan Kim Seng Fountain is a pretty Victorian cast-iron Fountain. Tan Kim Seng was a prosperous merchant and one of early Singapore’s benefactors. He made a major donation to the Singapore Water Works to alleviate a problem of his time, and in recognition of his generosity, this fountain was dedicated to him in 1882.
The Cenotaph commemorates those who lost their lives for Singapore during World Wars I and II. Its unveiling in 1922 was attended by Louis Mountbatten.
The Indian National Army Monument is dedicated to the army of Indians formed to fight for India’s liberation from British colonial rule.
Lim Bo Seng Memorial commemorates the struggle of a brave man. During World War II, Lim Bo Seng was an underground resistance fighter, who when captured, refused to reveal the names of his fellow fighters. Tortured to a cruel death, he was buried with full military honours. Four bronze lions stand in honourable guard to his memory.
Esplanade Park is located along Connaught Drive, opposite Padang and City Hall. It is one of the oldest parks in Singapore, being developed in 1943, and redeveloped in 1991.
Singapore is also becoming the most influentian city of culture in SE Asia.
This is a new theatre and concert house. it is located between the business and entertainment district on the one side and the old city on the other, at the point where the Singapore River flows into the open sea.
The building itself looks like a giant fly's eye or to me, it looks like a much-loved fruit in singapore - durian.
This building was built for the purpose to gather performance arts together with exhibitions to be the biggest Arts theature in Singapore.... But to a scenic minded person like myself, it is a magnificent place to enjoy a nice breeze and a breath-taking view of SG's wonders, our harbor, Central Business District... our strong architectures and Sheares Bridge... n much more....
Its also a nice place to sit down n relax to nice music.., a great cup of coffee.. and a nice meal... after a day of heavy shopping at the City Hall area....
Esplanade Theatre’s design is like two huge oval shells kept side by side. From a distance they look like 2 huge microphones or like eyes of a huge dragon fly. When you see them from a close distance you see spikes coming out of the shell. Acoustics of this theatre are built to perfection. The sound Engineeering that has gone into making this theatre is futuristic.
To know more about it visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esplanade_%E2%80%93_Theatres_on_the_Bay
After a busy day if you need to relax, have some good time with your beloved or just want to get rid of the stress, this is the best place in Singapore. U can enjoy theater or u can sit by the river. You will find peace over there. At night the real beauty comes out.
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is located on 6 hectares of prime waterfront land by Marina Bay. There are over 5,000 world class hotel rooms, 2 major convention centres, 7,500 car parking spaces, 1,000 shops, 300 restaurants and 150 bars in its immediate vicinity.
Although the fruit has a horrible taste in my opinion is does look great, and so does this building. It is quite a recent addition to the cities things to see. A lot of Singaporeans hate the looks of this durian shaped theatre building. Wowever there is lots to see and do both inside the building as outside. Most likely you'll be coming here to see a cultural performance or to just check out the inside of the building. However if you hang out outside you can enjoy one of the many free performances by the street entertainers that are frequently held here.
This is the latest building to Singapore - Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. This is a world-class performing arts centre.It was also called 'the durian' because of the unique roof that was made up of thousand of louvers and bear an resemblance to the king of fruits 'Durian'.The Esplanade was bulit at a cost of S$500 million.A must visit when visiting Singapore.
Visit the place at night! Go up to the rooftop where you can get a night view of Singapore's skyline, and the Merlion and the Fullerton in the distance. The river view along Clarke Quay is also gorgeous, in addition to lots of pubs and clubs.
Esplanade Theatres is not only an iconic waterfront arts centre that houses a concert hall, theatre, outdoor performance spaces & arts library, it also has restaurants and shops. There's a high-end mall inside where you can shop to your hearts content.
you shouldn't miss the merlion park, which is just a few steps away from the esplanade. at night, the merlion is just lovely to look at with the water and lights. it's just one of the few thigns that can help you remember of your trip to singapore.