Part dam, part tourist attraction, Marina Barrage is a multi-purpose attraction in Singapore, just a short walk away from Gardens by the Bay on the very southern tip of the main island.
Although its main function serves as a dam - aiding water storage and flood control for the whole of Singapore - most visitors know Marina Barrage as a place of recreation, proving especially popular for picnics, kite flying and the stunning sunset views from the main elevated section of grass looking across the city.
Completed in 2008, Marina Barrage comprises a main dam stretching from Marina East to Marina South, creating what was Singapore’s 15th reservoir. The most-visited spot here, however, is the elevated patch of green spaced, accessible via a lift inside the main complex of via the futuristic looping pathway that goes up to the top.
Marina Barrage’s raised position, the lack of any skyscrapers in the immediate area and the fact that it’s right next to the sea all help to make this one of Singapore’s windiest spots – perfect for kite flying. Arrive any evening around sunset (when the day’s heat has died down a little) to see the sky filled colourful kites of all shapes and sizes. This, along with the stunning backdrop of downtown Singapore (you can see Gardens by the Bay, Cloud Forest, Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, and the CBD’s skyscrapers) make for one of the best photo-ops on the whole island.
Tours around Marina Barrage can also be arranged via the visitor centre, and keep your eyes peeled for many of the cool art installations and sculptures dotted around the area. There’s also a fountain area on the ground level which act as a nice spot for the kids to cool off while making a splash.
Marina Barrage is totally free for all visitors, and open around the clock 24/7 (the information centre located in the main building is open from 09:00-21:00 daily). It can be reached via a path from Gardens by the Bay (also free entry), with the walk taking around 5-10 minutes. There is also a car park and taxi stand for those wanting to be dropped off directly at the park.
- Opening Hours: All day, every day
- Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore
- Tel: +65 6514 5959