6 lesser-known facts about Sentosa

 6 lesser-known facts about Sentosa

Sentosa, Singapore's resident beach getaway, is set for a major makeover, which will take place in three phases over the next five years.

Activities and attractions for visitors will be grouped according to various themes and assigned areas within the sunny island. The facelift aims to attract more people to Sentosa, as well as help better manage the growing crowds that the island sees these days. Already, six existing sites have been marked for change.

They are: the North-South Link Precinct, Fort Siloso and Siloso Point, Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach and Imbiah Lookout.

With all the changes in store for Sentosa, here are six lesser-known facts about the island:

1. It is home to the world's largest oceanarium

The S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is the biggest oceanarium on the planet.

Its 45 million litres of water is home to more than 100,000 sea creatures, spread across over 800 species. From hammerhead sharks to puffer fish, if it is marine life you are looking for, you can most likely find it here.

The attraction even has the world's largest viewing panel, which stands at 36m wide and 8.3m high.

2. The island's iconic Merlion statue is one tough clean-up job

On the Merlion's last scrub in 2012, it took a team of cleaning professionals 10 days to tidy up the 37m-tall statue.

Armed with jet sprays, the cleaners rappelled down from the Merlion's head to wash away dirt and apply preservative chemicals.

3. It once housed the coldest playground feature in Asia

In 2012, as part of Sentosa's 40th-anniversary celebrations, kids were given the chance to whizz down Asia's first-ever ice slides by the beach.

Measuring 5m and 8m long, the slides were a welcome cool-off for the sunny island's younger guests.

But the fun lasted for only a day, as by Sept 2, barely a day after the slide was constructed, it had all but melted.

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