The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel in Singapore. Standing at an overall height of 165 metres, it is Asia’s tallest Ferris wheel. Locals and visitors can’t help but marvel at this architectural masterpiece that stands out amongst the well-designed skyscrapers.
The wheel is reminiscent of the famous London Eye. The idea to construct this landmark was conceived at the beginning of the 21st century by Patrick MacMahon of Melchers Project Management.
Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, construction of the wheel began in 2006 and took around two and a half years to complete. It was opened in 2008. Public rides were offered to visitors as from the 14th of February 2008 (Valentine’s Day). The Flyer was officially opened on 15th of April the same year, in a ceremony that was graced by the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Singapore Flyer Design
One of the reasons why the Flyer continues to attract thousands of tourists every year is the panoramic views of the city that it offers. The magnificent structure has 28 capsules with air conditioning.
The capsules are on the outer part of the rim to enable riders to have a great view of the surroundings. One capsule has an area of 26 square metres and carries 28 passengers. It is also wheelchair-friendly so one doesn’t have to worry about disabled tourists.
One full rotation usually takes around half an hour. With its capacity, over 7 million passengers ride every year.
Riding on the Singapore Flyer
The giant observation wheel offers a most exhilarating experience to its passengers. It allows one to have a sweeping view of Singapore’s cityscape.
Passengers in the comfortable capsules usually can have an unobstructed view of the city’s major landmarks such as the Padang, Marina Bay, Empress Place, Merlion Park, Raffles Place, and Singapore River.
On a clear day, one can spot Sentosa Resort, Changi Airport and parts of the neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia. It doesn’t really matter if you ride on a clear, sunny day or at night when the sunlight is replaced by hundreds of dancing lights.
To spice up your experience, you can opt for the Flyer’s premium package which enables you to have a four-course dinner, complete with a host to serve you. This way, you’ll savour the scenic Singapore nightlife as you enjoy a sumptuous meal.
Who says the Singapore Flyer experience is limited to the wheel?
If you’ve ever dreamt about what flying a plane feels like, then you’ll be at the right place. The second floor of the Flyer terminal building houses a 737 stimulator that instantly makes you feel like a pilot. At the impressive XD Theatre, you’ll have a 6D motion ride-one of its kind in Asia.
Also, there are a lot of sights you can explore. The first is Singapore Food Trips which is located at the Flyer. Just as the name suggests, it offers the best of local cuisine. Some of the foods include Laksa, bak kuh teh and chicken rice.
Sky View Pavilion is another great place to fill your stomach when you visit the Flyer. It is a renovated Chinese restaurant that covers an area of 521 square metres. There are 150 seats and two dining rooms, making it a great place to hold luncheons or banquets. Besides, you can delight in the breathtaking Marina Bay Sands as you enjoy your favorite Cantonese meal at this restaurant.
For shoppers, Singapore Flyer Gifts is the perfect place. You’ll get whatever item you want, be it Flyer souvenirs or conventional items such as handbags and jewelry.
The Singapore Flyer is a sight to behold. The giant observation wheel enables passengers to have unique views of Singapore. It’s a great place to visit with your partner, family or friends.
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