31 Aug '14, 10am
About half as big as NYC, Singapore has plenty to keep a visitor occupied. An insider's guide:
Already a global business capital, the island is positioning itself as a leading art hub. Two years ago, Gillman Barracks, part of an old military installation, was turned into space for 16 galleries as well as the Centre for Contemporary Art. Next year the National Gallery and the Singapore Pinacothèque de Paris will open. On the hospitality front, Sofitel So Singapore, which boasts Karl Lagerfeld as one of its designers, opened in a neoclassical building in May, while Patina Hotels & Resorts' flagship property will debut next year in heritage buildings restored by Richard Meier. The place is still rife with contradictions and rules—food and drink can't be consumed on public transport, selling chewing gum is illegal—but even skeptical first-timers leave pleasantly surprised.