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SINGAPORE RIVER > ESPLANADE THEATRES
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GETTING HERE:
Disembark at EW14/NS26 Raffles Place MRT station, from which you will walk towards the Singapore River and then turning right into Fullerton Hotel. Walk on Fullerton Road for a while and look for the Esplanade Bridge which cuts across the river to Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. On CityBuzz, all the bus routes will commence at The Esplanade ie: C1-#1, C2-#1 and C3-#1.

DESCRIPTION:
Located in the heart of Singapore's ambitious Marina Bay development that should cater for commercials, leisure, arts, shopping and eventually, if everything goes well, a casino. Officially opened in 2002, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is the part and parcel of the development, and what a big bang it made when its architecture was first unveiled.

Overlooking the bustling Singapore River's mouth, its architecture took on a diversion from familiarity. Many would imagine a performing arts centre will look typically neo-classical or steely modern-look with Greco-Roman columns or fully glass-featured walls. Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay took the ultimate exception. Affectionately nicknamed "The Durian", it does look rightly so. It is actually interesting to get a closer look at this theatre to see how they did the flapping sharp edges. The architecture is also best viewed from Merlion Park across the river where the spaceship-like building complements the skyline of Marina Centre commercial district.

I guess I dwelled too much on the peculiar architecture and not what the theatres actually has to offer. OK, here goes: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay hosts a 1,600-seater concert hall and a 2,000-seater performing arts theatres. Yours truly is not really into arts but much more into glitzy and Gaudian architecture. Nonetheless, you are recommended to check its official website for the latest listing of concerts and performing arts.

MY VERDICT:
Interesting architecture.

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