For my two years in Singapore I went to many high-rise rooftop bars to explore a lot of places to get the best view of Singapore. However in all the views some of the iconic structure would be missing, either Supertrees, or the flyer or the marina bay sands itself. Marina Barrage Singapore is a place which provides the best view of Singapore. Marina Barrage is a complete package as it provides activities, picnic spot and the best view of Singapore.
A little about Marina Barrage Singapore
Marina Barrage is the fifteenth reservoir opened in 2008 for water storage, flood control and recreation. It is a dam built at the confluence of five rivers( Geylang River, Rochor River, Stamford Canal, Kallang River and the Singapore River). It is across the Marina Channel between Marina East and Marina South.Marina Barrage is the vision of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (the first Prime Minister of Singapore). Desalting happens through natural replacement by rainwater to get a freshwater reservoir. It supplies 10% of the water needs to Singapore.
How to reach Marina Barrage Singapore
The easier options of taking a Grab or local taxi or driving to Marina Barrage is always there, however the closest mrt which can be taken up to is Marina Bay mrt. A 5-7 mins walk from the EXIT B of the Marina Bay mrt lead to the bust stop B02 Marina street from where free shuttle bus is available to the Barrage. The schedule is as below. You could also take the bus 400 to reach Marina Barrage.
Weekend (&Public Holidays) Schedule.
From Marina Bay MRT to Marina Barrage Singapore
From Marina Barrage Singapore to Marina Bay MRT
Activities at Marina Barrage Singapore
Kite flying and family picnics have become very prominent on the green roof at Marina Barrage. The place is ideal spot for the same as well. You can buy kites at the stores at the entry of Marina Barrage. The colorful big kites look beautiful as they mark the skies of Singapore. As the water in the reservoir remains calm all year around, it’s ideal for some wet fun like kayaking or a dragon boat race.
How Marina Barrage helps in alleviating flood.
The Marina Barrage also plays an important part in helping to alleviate flooding in some of the lower lying areas. Chinatown, Boat Quay, Jalan Besar and Geylang are some of these. During periods of heavy rain, a series of nine crest gates will be opened to release excess storm water into the sea when the tide is low. When the tide is high, seven giant pumps that are capable of pumping an Olympic-sized swimming pool per minute whirr into action, draining water into the sea.
Greener Singapore for greener Marina Barrage.
The facility is also a showcase for Singapore’s push to be a greener country. The Solar Park, features one of the largest collections of solar panels in Singapore. It has over 400 panels providing electricity needed for lighting at the barrage during the day. The Sustainable Singapore gallery illustrates the water and environmental issues through interactive exhibits and games.
Night view at Marina Barrage Singapore
I recommend again that the best view of Singapore can be seen from Marina Barrage. The view both at day and night is great. The bright lights of the Central Business district along with the flyer is reflected in the lakes at sunset. It is an enthralling experience. Also many time there are fireworks in the central are which can be viewed from here.
Marina Barrage has completed ten years in 2018. It is a great achievement for Singapore. The expats, locals and tourist really enjoy family time along with fun recreational activities.