Claiming to be the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel and also one of Asia’s biggest tourist attraction - the Singapore Flyer boasts a total height of 165 meters. It was open to the public in 2008 so one can experience a different kind of thrill and view Collyer Quay, Raffles Place, The Fullerton Singapore, Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay, Merlion Park, Empress Place, Singapore River, Padang, Fort Canning Park, The Float @ Marina Bay, F1 Circuit, The Helix Bridge, Youth Olympic Park, Marina Barrage and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts. One can also have a glimpse of Malaysia as well as Indonesia.
An electronic ticket was obtained online, qualifying us of a 10% discount which was not a bad deal at all. After purchasing a brand new wheelchair from DNR - a lightweight Quickie Q7, we headed straight to this place with much enthusiasm.
The journey of traveling towards the capsule and setting foot on it is an educational experience where one is able to enjoy, learn and understand how this breathtaking attraction has come about. The miniature flyer is displayed on one floor and the many facts about it are also enlarged with illustrations so one can discover, appreciate and embrace its complexities. Here are the facts:
- Diameter of wheel is 150 metres.
- Singapore Flyer is the only wheel type structure using the slim ladder truss as its rim.
- The giant observation wheel is able to withstand different types of vibrations, eg. "galloping," "vortex shedding" and "flutter" caused by earth tremors and violent winds, etc.
- The safety net in between the two passenger platforms and under the giant observation wheel is made of steel, capable of handling 100 kg mass from a 7m drop (equivalent to 25 adult elephants falling from a 2-storey building).
- The only animals which has been on board Singapore Flyer were orangutans and dogs.
- The wheel can be turned manually by a winch system.
- The entire rim was installed in two months.
- Singapore Flyer stands on a 33,700 square meters 363,000 square feet - an area that will fit 172 tennis courts or 1,120 parking lots.
- The foundation of Singapore Flyer is supported by 38 piles reaching into the old alluvium - the deepest level of soil on the reclaimed land on which Singapore Flyer sits.
There are a total of 28 capsules with a capacity of 28 persons per capsule. Feng Shui on board the flyer means “double prosperity” or “easy to prosper” in Cantonese.
Enjoy the rest of the photos as I take you up the Singapore Flyer. Though it showered from time to time, the fun and excitement continued and did not dampen our spirits. It took us 30 minutes to complete one round of an adventure worth remembering for the rest of our lives!
|The CBD of Singapore|
|A cluster of flats|
|The mechanism that makes this baby work|
These photos cannot fully express my emotions as I allowed myself to be enthralled with the Singapore Flyer!