Esplanade Park is one of the oldest parks in Singapore. Built in 1943, it was redeveloped in 1991 to enhance the Civic District's identity. There are many historical landmarks in this park which are of interest to tourists and locals. These include the Lim Bo Seng memorial, the Cenotaph and Tan Kim Seng Fountain.
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Perfect view of the city, but too overpopulated
I like the Esplanade Park because it provides a perfect view of the entire city, and the scenery is simply beautiful. Situated in the central of Singapore, it's convenient location attracts a large crowd everyday, be it locals or tourists. Esplanade Park is also a popular choice for people to catch the fireworks on special occasions like National Day and New Year's Eve.
The downside, however, is that the crowd does take away some of the "atmosphere" that Esplanade Park would otherwise be perfect for. Due to its popularity, this place has turned out to be one of the more sought after chillout places for youngsters with their skateboards/cigarettes/booze and whatnots. I was there once to have a heart to heart talk with one of my closer girlfriends who badly needed a listening ear as she'd just broken up, but it was difficult to have a good talk with her as we kept getting distracted by the youngsters who were making so much noise. What made it worse was that there was a police raid that very day we were there, which completely spoiled our mood.
I would say the Esplanade Park would be a perfect place to watch both people and scenery, but it definitely isn't a recommended place for a quiet night out.
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An oasis of calm in town
Compared to the Esplanade Waterfront where you could see musical performances on occasions, this park is relatively dull. However, that is precisely the reason I like this place.
The monuments add some historical significance to the park but because I'm not really a history buff, the monuments are more like landscaping to me. I read the plaques, noted their significance, and forget about them.
When I was there, the park was practically deserted because the afternoon sun was scorching everything outdoors. However, even though the air was humid, it was not too bad coz there was plenty of shade and even a cool breeze blowing from the river. I also love how the walkways are so wide yet shady from the trees. Had to resist the temptation to walk in a diagonal zig zag line like a kid!
Memories of a generations past, memories for the future generation
I was born in the 70s and I had my memories of the Esplanade. It invariably had links with satay at the Satay Club located there. My parents used to take me there pretty often and it went on till my mid teens when we would go there as a class after theatre productions or choir and band performance by my school at the nearby Victoria Theatre and Concert Halls.
Those were the days when the Durians didn't exist, the Merlion was at its original location and the Singapore River still experiences tides. It was no frills and I remembered it that way.
Now the Durians are there, the landscape has changed a fair bit. New roads, new bridges and new buildings. I have come to accept that change is inevitable. No one is able to take my memories of how the Esplanade was like and what it meant to me. But being part of the present generation it will also allow me to form new memories of the place, though I still pity those who never had the chance to experience the original Satay Club!
Lovely for an evening walk.
I love being able to walk along Esplanade park and get a good view of the Singapore skyline. In the evening, the park is cool and the air is very fresh and pleasant, thereby making it a lovely place to take a stroll.
The walkways are a good width as they allow children to have a little space to run about and play. I am especially impressed with the cleanliness of the park as I have noticed that there is extremely little litter and is maintained exceptionally well.
A nice stroll with great views
Esplanade Park is just situated behind Padang, and more often than not it is usually utlilised as a holding area for massive events that are being held at the Padang for example National Day. The area would be utilised by participants and tentages would be set up and places would be blocked to restrict access. However, when all this tentages are gone, this is where the true nature of Esplanade would appear.
Although just a small park with nothing fanciful, this park is lined with historical monuments. And if you ever wonder why all the coaches stop here, it is because this is where the guide would talk about some of our forefathers including Lim Bo Seng, the war hero and Tan Kim Seng.
Of course, there are wonderful things at this park, such as the views from the riverside. By walking under the bridge, you would be able to see the scenic views of the Merlion and Fullerton, as well as MBS in the far end. And at the end, you would end up at the mouth of Singapore River and look right at Victoria Hall and our dear Raffles Stamford.
This is a place not just of historical moments, but also a place of scenic views suitable for all to enjoy.
A pearl in the midst of our CBD.
I love to visit Esplanade Park in the mornings, especially on weekday mornings. The entire waterfront stretch has a sleepy air about it, just before the businesses wake up.
There's always a strong breeze coming in from the bay and the sun's never too hot. My favourite thing to do is to have lunch by the waterfront and enjoy the cool breeze and the sights of the bay. Wildly popular with tourists as a photo-taking destination, Esplanade Park has a host of restaurants and eateries that are suitable for people from all walks of life.
I find it the ultimate place to relax and catch my breath away from the hustle and stress of my daily routine. If you ever see me over there, do come up and say hi!
The perfect wedding photoshoot, over here
With nothing to do and much time to waste, I usually bring my girlfriend here for a nice talk by the river. The Esplanade Park is swarmed by tourists every now and then, but I really love this place because it has such an absolutely stunning backdrop.
You will often see the Singapore skyline on postcards and stamps, but this is exactly what I see when I am at the Esplanade park. It might be hot at times, but the breeze really cools me down, together with a drink at the nearby drinks stall. This place deserves to be regarded highly among the younger Singaporeans, because I feel that this place will one day hold a piece in Singapore's history.
Stunning views by day and night
I doubt anyone comes to Esplanade Park just for the sake of visiting the park; it's smack in the Central Business District, near the Fullerton. The park does have a lot of visits nonetheless, mainly by the office workers on their way to and from work, and arts patrons after a concert. They have good reason to stick around, because Esplanade Park and its environs offers some of the best views of the city skyline, both in daytime and at night.
I try to avoid coming at nighttime nonetheless, because it gets uncomfortably quiet once the concert-goers and office workers have gone home. If you do want to catch the nighttime view, perhaps it'll be better to come at dusk.
versatile for events
A park which gives a good view of the Singapore River, it serves as a convenient couple spot, where romantic photos could be shot. However when the Art’s Festival is held in it, the place comes to life!
During the arts fest, there was this main compound called the arts- village. The space was wide enough to accommodate several information booths. A festival café was erected, which included Hani’s café and Tully’s coffee. There’s a festival bar which offered Quinto’s-sandwiches and Saltas- pastas (Swiss-based food stall).
One good thing about the arts fest was that they had clear directional signs in the park for easier navigation.There was also this Kid’s arts village, where there was a rainbow canopy- a mass entanglement of colourful ribbons with a maze concept where kids could have fun and have a game of chase. Of course parents could go in to supervise their children too.
More outstandingly, the central performance was the Main stage-which featured local and international performances, comprising of singing, dancing and acting. One particular performance that was uncommon was ‘flux’, whereby there was a man and a woman clad in black shirts riding black magnificent horses- giving the impression that they were centaurs. One storyline they showed was a love story between the male and female centaur. Quite the unique and interesting plot!
With that said, Esplanade Park is really a versatile park for everyone.