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Monday, May 6, 2013

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer

One of the recommended top ten things to do in Singapore is to ride the Singapore Flyer. At the height of 165 meters (541 ft.), it is the world's highest observation wheel - the current world record holder so far. While aboard the gondola at or near the highest point of the Singapore Flyer, you will see parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. 
The Singapore Flyer
It topped the Star of Nanchang which stands at 160 meters (525 ft.) in Nanchang City, Southeastern China and the London Eye which stands at 135 meters (443 ft.) in London. 
One of the 28 capsules (gondolas) of the Singapore Flyer
However, Singapore Flyer's record as the highest observation wheel will not last long as three (3) other taller observation wheels are set to be constructed and completed. 

These are: 

(1) The High Roller in Las Vegas at 168 meters (550 ft.); 
(2) the New York Wheel at 190 meters (623 ft.); and 
(3) the Dubai Eye at 210 meters (689 ft.).

In comparison, the Philippines' tallest Ferris Wheel, the Sky Eye in Tagaytay City, stands only at 63 meters (207 ft.) or less than one-third (1/3) of the proposed height of the Dubai Eye at 210 meters (689 ft.).
Inside one of the capsules (gondolas) of the Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer has 28 air-conditioned capsules with each capsule capable of holding 28 passengers.  

Each capsule has a very wide space, comfortable seats and individual earphones where you can hear the voice of an English speaking tour-guide. There's also a video presentation before you board the capsule. 

One rotation of the wheel takes about thirty (30) minutes.
View from the Singapore Flyer
The picture above shows the view of the mouth of the Singapore river from one of the capsules (gondolas) of the Singapore Flyer. Based on the number of ships scattered beyond the mouth of the Singapore river, Singapore harbor is indeed one of the busiest harbors in the world.
Another view from the Singapore Flyer
From the Singapore Flyer, you can see the Merlion statue in Merlion Park near (the left end of) the Esplanade Bridge. It is the white statue with water gushing from its mouth.

Nearer the Singapore Flyer is a floating soccer field known as The Float@Marina Bay (or  Marina Bay Floating Platform), the world's largest floating stage. It is a multipurpose mass spectator event facility. Major events like the annual Formula 1 night race, the Youth Olympics and the National Day Parade are held here.
Another view from the Singapore Flyer
At the end of the Esplanade Bridge on the right, you can see the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, the two (2) durian-like buildings.



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