Visitors to Singapore may not believe or realize that there are a number of high vantage points from where you can see the island apart from the top of Marina Bay Sands. And they don’t involve rubbing shoulders with the touristy hordes either.
If you’re based around Orchard Road, it’s about a 45 minute walk from Ion Orchard and if you sweat by Chatsworth Road you will see some crazy houses along the way. Make it a journey! Or get the 111 bus from opposite Orchard station which will drop you nearby.
The @Dawson HDB (housing development board) apartment blocks are seen as the next evolution of government public housing on the island. The Skyville and SkyTerrace will soon be joined by 5 more blocks to be completed by 2020. Whilst the SkyTerrace is lauded for its greenery inspired architecture, the Skyville boasts a 47th top floor sky garden. Which is where we headed.
Entry is free and you just walk up to an elevator and press 47. Done. There are other lower floored gardens for the more ground level loving visitors. Up to 47 we went.
After our visit we went to the SkyTerrace top floor but it’s just condos up there and no communal space; their gardens seem to be set down lower but there is no information what floors they are on in the elevator (unlike Skyville). If you want to get a bird’s eye view of Singapore head to Skyville and you won’t be disappointed.