Marina Barrage

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Marina Barrage
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Be captivated by the bright lights of the Singapore Flyer and the Central Business District skyline against the sky at sunset, reflected in the still waters of the Marina Barrage. This Reservoir in the City was created with three key benefits, to provide water supply, flood control and a lifestyle attraction.
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,983 contributions
In touch with Nature
Oct 2021
I usually get my rental bicycle outside MBS at the Waterfront Promenade as there are usually many bicycles parked there. Starting from there, I usually cycled around the perimeter of the Gardens By the Bay to reach the Marina Barrage. This route is quiet and scenic. Occasionally, I would continue on to Gardens By the Bay East and return my bicycle either at Stadium MRT station or at Kampong Kayu Road near to the Tanjong Rhu HDB estate. Recently, I returned my bicycle at Marina Barrage and had a scenic, windy walk along Marina South Promenade. The access to this path is via the carpark at Marina Barrage. Walking this path allows one to be fully in touch with nature, the sea, clouds, wild flowers and various trees and plants. It ends at Marina South Pier MRT station. Fishing is allowed at the breakwater here.
Written 15 October 2021
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,574 contributions
Less to see since the museum has relocated
Apr 2021 • Friends
Less to see now that the museum has relocated but there are still nice walks, if it’s not too hot. Great views out to see and towards Marina Bay. Good starting point for a walk to Gardens by the Bay or for a quick bite at Satay by the bay.

You may walk or cycle across the barrage itself.

Nice sculptures and some shade to keep out of the sun. OK for a picknic on the rooftop if it’s not wildly hot. There is place to shelter if it rains.
Written 29 April 2021
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Back to Marina Barrage
Nov 2020
I'm a regular visitor to Marina Barrage when I go cycling, as it's a convenient option for getting to East Coast Park. But last month I took the kids along for a visit. It was late on a weekday afternoon so it wasn't too busy. Nice views out over the city.
Written 22 December 2020
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Francois Scheffler
Singapore, Singapore94 contributions
Views and cycling
Oct 2020
Whether on foot or by bike, crossing marina barrage on the way on the East Coast Park Connector offers great views of the city and its central business district. It is also a great way to see wild life such as otters surging from the bay’s waters.
Written 27 November 2020
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insertnamerighthere
Singapore, Singapore233 contributions
Getting crowded
Oct 2020
We cycled here from East Coast Park on a weekend afternoon. There was a long queue to get the roof top due to safe distancing measures, so we didn't go up. There were a lot of people flying kites from the top of the roof or from the first floor in a green area near the sea.
Written 7 October 2020
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Peter S
Rome, Italy3,260 contributions
Glimpses of the techno-scientific understanding and management required of city services into that sustainable future.
Oct 2019
Sustainable Singapore Gallery/Marina Barrage, 8 Marine Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951

Review focuses upon the Sustainable Singapore Gallery with passing reference to the barrage.

Modern Singapore provides that early 21st century example of how the 10 billion inhabitants of Planet Earth (that are expected to with us from 2060-on) will adapt to the constraints of living in a world of finite resources. You’ll already have realized this if you live in Singapore or have recently visited the country. Wherever you travel in the island those key issues of ‘Liveability’, ‘Sustainability’, ‘Circular Economy’, ‘Cleanliness’, ‘Greening’ and similar dominate. You catch a glimpse of this approach to the city of the future from a couple of hours spent wandering the Sustainable Singapore Gallery.
More than half of humanity have become urban people - by 2100 this will have risen to >80%. The island of Singapore, by comparison, is already 100% urban – 5.8 million mainly middle-income people providing that example of an urban model that works.
The Gallery is housed on the second floor of the building overlooking the Marina Barrage - the one containing the pump house. The Gallery provides an exotic image of sci-fi like exhibits that sweeps you the visitor through an interactive venue of six separate (but interlinked) zones that illustrate the complexity of handling climate change through the management/use of water, people living in harmony with their environment to the effort/industry/energy required to promote and sustain the aspirations of local citizens.
Off the beaten track and somewhere that you will need to go looking for, the Gallery/barrage is 5km from the Merlion and easily accessible on foot – comfortable hour or so with time to lean over a couple of bridges and take in the green images of Marina Bay, the Gardens by the Bay and/or the Bay East Gardens depending on your interests, level of fitness and the enjoyment that you may gain from a circuit around Marina Bay.
Since 2010 the enclosed Bay represents the only large portable water reservoir in the city-state – capturing the flow of the Singapore River behind the barrier. All this is explained to you in the Gallery - the water in the Bay represents one of four sources of potable water available to the island, i.e. local catchment water; the others are NEwater (recycled water), desalinated water and imported water. The Marina Bay reservoir encloses 100 km2 surface water.
The Gallery building is novel – low and flat with a grassed roof the slopes to ground level and supported in part by open pillars that encircle a central courtyard containing a reflective water pool. To one side of the building there’s a water playground; shallow, fountains, splashing for the kids. From the roof there are splendid views back the central city but, for best, get there on a windy weekend day. This is where the kit-flyers congregate. We got invited to hold a high-flying kite by one of the middle-aged flyers close to where we were standing and watching – a friendly gesture.
You don’t pay to enter the Gallery and there’s a guided tour on offer. The tour helps with that overview given the wealth of information on offer; then we could wander back to the features that were of particular interest.
Visit the Gallery and you have to explore the barrier that spans the 350m channel from bank to bank – well worth the short walk for the images that it provides back towards the Gallery building and, on either side, the open water in the reservoir and the adjacent sea. Note the relative calm of the reservoir surface compared to the open sea – opening the reservoir to water sports/recreation. Crucially, timely pumping across the barrier also provides a means of preventing excess runoff collecting in low-lying areas of the city during periods of heavy rainfall.
So, a gallery for the techno-scientific visitor and particularly the kids with school projects or those seeking to develop a professional interest from choice of tertiary education and/or career development. It comes highly recommended.

Peter Steele
28Sept20
Written 29 September 2020
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,983 contributions
Great place for jogging and walking.
Sep 2020
Marina Barrage provides a link between Garden by the Bay and Bay East Garden. It is most notable for its rooftop garden which is a popular venue for kite flying, picnics and chilling out with friends. It also provides fantastic view of Singapore skyline.
There are two sculptures installed here which are not only lovely but are very meaningful. Lorenzo Quinn from Spain did it in 2008 but the messages are especially relevent today. The sculptures are titled "The Force of Nature" and "What goes around comes around". The medium used is aluminium and stainless steel.
Written 22 September 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Useful bridge
Jun 2020
Marina Barrage provides a useful service as a bridge across Marina Bay and is quite wide to allow both cyclists and pedestrians plenty of space. Good views out to sea with all the ships on the horizon.
Written 22 June 2020
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SRKK2013
Guwahati, India435 contributions
Singapore skyline
Jun 2019
If one is interested to see the skyline of Singapore then this is the place. A visit in the evening is better as the skyline glitters.
Written 28 May 2020
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,574 contributions
Fresh salty sea breeze on the Barrage
Apr 2020 • Friends
Nice area to stroll around. Walked down from the end of Tanjong Rhu Road along the river footpath - all the way down the side of the river and across the barrage and back up the opposite bank. Beautiful views and the first time I’ve ever crossed the barrage itself.

I note the museum appears to have been dismantled, which I enjoyed on a previous visit. Lots of nice views here. Elevator still operating to you can walk over the roof level for nice views. A noticeable nice salty flavour to the breeze from the barrage itself. A great stroll for exercise.
Written 18 April 2020
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