Travel back in time at the Singapore Flyer’s new ‘capsule’ ride

One of the zones, the Infinity Space. Photo: Singapore Flyer
One of the zones, the Infinity Space. Photo: Singapore Flyer

Other than offering 30-minute picturesque views of Singapore’s skyline, the Flyer today opens a new time-traveling experience that people can opt for in their next visits. 

Called the Time Capsule, the two-story immersive and multisensory experience would bring guests through 700 years of Singapore’s history and milestones, starting from when Indonesian prince Sang Nila Utama set foot. The new addition to the Singapore Flyer is part of its bid to lure more people to the attraction. 

“In this challenging year, the opening of the Time Capsule at the Singapore Flyer reflects the resilience of the tourism sector,” tourism board chief Keith Tan said. “We encourage Singaporeans to continue to rediscover our city through such experiences, and support our tourism businesses during this period.”

Coconuts was invited to the Time Capsule yesterday, which began with greetings from a so-called time-traveling robot named R65. The virtual android took us through nine different zones that told stories of significant events such as the signing of the 1819 treaty of friendship and alliance between British colonialists and Malay rulers, as well as the Raffles Town Plan that led to Singapore becoming the bustling metropolitan city it is today. 

The R65 mascot. Photo: Singapore Flyer
The R65 mascot. Photo: Singapore Flyer

Other highlights of the exhibition include the showcase of past footage taken during the nation’s pre-independence, including scenes of a fishing village, that were displayed across large panels at a section called River of Time. The Infinity Space zone showed psychedelic illustrations of Singapore as a green and futuristic city. 

All in all, it reminded us of the exhibitions by Japanese artists TeamLab, whose “Future World” permanent installation at the ArtScience Museum had been popular among locals. 

Coronavirus safety measures such as safe distancing, temperature taking, and disinfection were put in place at the Time Capsule. Tickets go on sale on the website and are priced at S$40 for adults and S$25 for children and seniors, which include a ride on the observation wheel. 

Opening hours are from 3pm to 10pm from Thursday to Sunday. Singaporeans can also use their SingapoRediscovers Vouchers to purchase tickets online.

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