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ION Sky: Observation Deck Among The Clouds With Panoramic Views Of The City

ION Sky in Orchard

Singaporeans love our retail therapy, which makes Orchard Road a hotspot for weekend hangouts. We’re more than familiar with ION Orchard, which has everything from luxury brands to everyday favourites like Uniqlo, Daiso and Muji.  

Unbeknownst to many, however, is that spending more than $20 when you visit the mall will let you redeem a free ticket to ION Sky, that’s located on the 55/56th floor of the building. Apart from offering panoramic views of the city, this posh place is perfect for a chill, quiet date and is a photo-spot with natural lighting to jazz up your IG feed. 

Here’s a glimpse of what to do at this hidden gem.

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Get a bird’s eye view of Singapore on the observation deck

Image credit: @kristenipo

ION Sky is a relatively under the radar spot to catch a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s skyline. Thanks to it’s lesser-known status, it offers unobstructed views to catch the sunset – you can even take time lapses while you’re at it.

Geography enthusiasts and cloud lovers alike can geek out with these random fun facts about clouds that’s printed on the glass
Image credit: @happytravelller

Apart from having gorgeous views of the Singapore skyline, your stroll down the observatory deck will be an educational one, with interesting facts about different types of clouds, the average duration of sunsets in Singapore, as well as the amount of rainfall we typically get during monsoon seasons printed across the glass panels.

Image credit: @kennytandriyadi

The observation deck is also spacious and has ample seats for those who just want to lepak and have a HTHT session. 

It’s an ideal spot to take some aesthetic #ootd shots, thanks to the high ceilings and abundance of natural light that pours in from the glass windows.
Image credit: @ahhhhahaha. @iki.oki, @mikaelaoblenida

Explore seasonal exhibits at ION Sky

Image credit: Ion Orchard

ION Sky hosts a variety of exhibitions and pop-ups, most notably the recent Jurassic World Cafe and Virtually Versailles Singapore in collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage Site – Palace of Versailles. 

Currently, there are two shows screening at ION Sky: “Adventures in Food Wonderland” by Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends that appeals to the young ‘uns with animated characters, and The “Transformation of Orchard Road” by Dick Lee that’ll show you a different perspective of Singapore’s most popular shopping haunt – all the way back to when it was still a plantation.

Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl
Date: Till 31st December 2021
Time: 2PM, 4PM, Daily
Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl website

Transformation of Orchard Road by Dick Lee
Date: Till 31st March 2021
Time: 3PM, 5PM, Daily
Transformation of Orchard Road by Dick Lee website

Have a fancy dinner at 1-Atico

Image credit: 1-Atico

If you’re looking for a fancy dinner spot to celebrate your next anniversary, 1-Atico lets you have a gastronomic experience against a beautiful backdrop of the city skyline. What’s more, to-be-wed couples can even hold their weddings here.

It houses restaurants with unique dining concepts – with FIRE that specialises in Argentinian cuisine and wood-fired cooking, FLNT that combines Japanese and Peruvian cuisines and serves up specialty cocktails, and 1-Atico Ultra-Lounge that’s set to be opening soon in March 2021. 

Opening hours: 12PM-2PM, 6PM-10.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6970 2039 | 8028 1489 (Whatsapp)
1-Atico website

Enjoy the Singapore skyline at ION Sky

Image credit: @gordon61

To get there, use the lift located at ION Art at the fourth floor of the mall near the concierge. Each receipt with a minimum of $20 spend gets you one ticket – which you can redeem by downloading the ION app and scanning the receipt. You can expect your ticket confirmation to come within three to five days, and you can book a slot subsequently.

If you’re racking your brains for a date idea to impress bae or looking for a place to play tourist in your own backyard, give ION Sky a shot. After treating yourselves to some retail therapy, head up to the clouds to enjoy the Singapore skyline. 

Price: Free admission with minimum $20 spend at ION
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, Level 55/56, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 3PM-6PM, Daily
Ion Sky website

Cover image adapted from: @mikaelaoblenida, @yippi312, @ion_orchard


Shi Nan Liang

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