You’ve probably seen images of The Singapore Flyer, which is a major tourist attraction in Singapore. This giant Ferris wheel was constructed in 2005–2008. Its operators call it as an observation wheel reaching 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m, claiming the title as the tallest Ferris wheel in the world followed by the 16 ft tall Star of Nanchang and 98 ft taller than the London Eye. Yes, it is amazing and an observation wheel no doubt, you have the view of all Singapore when you are on the peak of its turn. It is located at the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land and comprises of a 492 ft diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including theIndonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.
The wheel started rotating 11 February 2008 after the last capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008. For the first 3 nights tickets are reported sold out for US$6,271! Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules’ capacity is 28 passengers with a complete rotation of about 30 minutes. It initially rotates in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, and its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters. The Singapore Flyer is near the shore of Singapore’s Marina Bay in Marina Promenade. Since it is located beside the straight between turns 21 and 22, and near the pit area, the Flyer has great views of the Marina Bay Street Circuit of the Singapore Grand Prix.
With 28 air-conditioned capsules like those of the London Eye, they are exo-capsules attached outward of the wheel structure. This provides the advantage of a continuously unobstructed view when the capsule is at the peak, unlike the more common endo-capsule design of most wheels such as that of the Star of Nanchang.
The terminal building on which the wheel erects comprises three floors of commercial space, with an adjacent open air Greek-inspired theatre along the waterfront and complemented by a jetty, fully landscaped that with roof gardens and a recreated rainforest in the terminal’s atrium. An open bus park for 40 buses is located behind the building, and connected by an underpass to a covered multi-storey car park for 300 vehicles, which in turn has direct links to the underground Promenade MRT Station which opened on 17th of April 2010.
If you want to visit, you can take a free shuttle bus from City Hall MRT Station, which operates every half-hour to and from the Singapore Flyer. Wheelchair ramps and lifts, handicapped toilets, and a dedicated parking lot for the disabled are also provided.
Sources: Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay, Wikipedia, Wikitravel, http://www.sgsummer.com
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