The Singapore Flyer
Budget : ~SGD29 (~Php980)
Duration : 30 minutes
Bummers : acrophobia
The Singapore Flyer is an observation wheel that is commonly known as a Giant Ferris Wheel in Singapore. It’s size is so massive that its construction took 3 years, from 2005 to 2008. Riding on the Singapore Flyer allows you to fly so high and see almost the entire Singapore, and some parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. It was named the tallest Ferris wheel in the whole world since 2008. It has beaten China’s Star of Nanchang by about 5 meters and The London Eye by 30 meters.
The whole trip on the Singapore Flyer takes 30 minutes. It has 28 cars that can accommodate up to 28 passengers each. You can book an entire car on the Singapore Flyer and request for special preparations on the car to celebrate certain occasions but it entails additional fee.
Before you can ride a car on the Singapore Flyer, you will pass by a museum-like passageway called a Pre-Flight Gallery where you can find tons of information about the Giant Ferris Wheel. Some of the information are on interactive media. You can also find many trivia about the ride. A few of my favorite trivia are “Did you know trivia” like…
Did you know that the Singapore Flyer stands on 33,700 sq. meter or 363,000 sq. feet – an area that will fit 172 tennis courts or 1,120 parking lots. Well, I guess that depends how big the parking lot is.
Another is a trivia that says the only animals that have been onboard the Singapore Flyer are dogs and orangutans. I guess these are also the only animals that have been in outer space.
There are many structures that you get to see when you ride the Singapore Flyer. One is, you can see the Marina Bay Sands from another angle. I think the other angle from Marina Bay where the Merlion is located is better.
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