A lot of people go on trips and visit other places to spend quality time with their family and friends, marvel at the beauty of a new place, or simply relax. And one of the places that a lot of tourists go to is Sentosa Island. But the island will soon become even more beautiful-- because it will become wheelchair-friendly.
Sentosa Island is a very popular island resort located in Singapore. It is said that about twenty million people visit the island every year. This is because Sentosa offers a variety of interesting and amazing attractions. These include:
- Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom : A beautiful landscaped garden that houses over 15,000 live butterflies. The number represents more than 50 unique butterfly species. The garden also shelters about 3,000 species of rare insects from around the globe, including a Hercules beetle, the largest and most famous rhinoceros beetle.
- Tiger Sky Tower: You won't believe this free-standing observatory tower previously known as the Carlsberg Sky Tower. The Tiger Sky Tower is considered the tallest observation tower in Singapore, with a height of 360 ft. or 110 meters above ground and 430 ft. or 131 meters above sea level. This tower offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of Sentosa Island, Singapore, and even the Southern Islands.
- Sentosa Merlion – Step into a replica of the Merlion completed in 1996. Standing at 37 meters, the gigantic replica houses a souvenir shop and a couple of lovely viewing galleries.
- Palawan Beach – This is one of Sentosa’s beautiful beach resorts and it is located at the center of the island’s southern coast. A type of suspension bridge wows its guests as it leads them to a tiny island just off the coast that is considered to be Continental Asia’s southernmost point or Asia’s closest point to the Equator.
With these incredible attractions and so much more, it is not a surprise why people from all over the world would want to tour the wonderful Sentosa island. That is why Sentosa Development Corporation, the body that manages the island, wants to make developments that will help wheelchair users navigate and tour the island with ease. The organization recently invited the National Council of Social Service to look into how the facilities on the Singaporean island will be developed and improved. They are seeking recommendations on what to do or build to make Sentosa more accessible to differently-abled visitors and tourists.
One of the recommendations yielded is the installation of lifts that will link Fort Siloso’s car park to ground level at the Beach Station. Another is to reduce the speed of the island's cable cars, to give more time to differently-abled individuals attempting to come on board.
For now, Sentosa is busy making plans to take actions that will address these important changes. Because beauty and respect should belong to everyone.
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