Sentosa Sensoryscape: A Multi-Sensory Adventure

Sentosa Sensoryscape | New Free Attraction Inspired by Nature
Sentosa Sensoryscape | New Free Attraction Inspired by Nature

Years in the making, Sentosa Sensoryscape finally opens to the public on Mar 14, 2024.

I’ve been looking forward to this new, nature-inspired attraction in Sentosa, ever since reading about it … on the hoarding boards surrounding the site. (Did so when I visited Madame Tussauds in 2022). The intriguing promises of a futuristic, multi-sensory experience aside, I was deeply curious to know what exactly would replace the snarling Merlion Statue that once towered beside Imbiah Station, and the mosaic fountain walkway that connected the Imbiah attractions with the beach.

I loved that fountain walkway. It was so always serene and lovely in the evening with the setting sun, water splashes, hypnotic bell chimes, and all. In contrast, the Merlion Statue was so … phenomenally ugly. It housed a silly presentation, too, with the worst part of the show being how it twisted the “Merlion legend” … …

Sentosa Merlion
Remember this dude? I’m glad he’s gone!

Long story short, I looked forward to the opening of Sensoryscape; was deeply curious to know what sort of “multi-sensory attraction” would replace the horrific Merlion statue and the lovely walkway. Outside of travel curiosity, I think anyone familiar with Sentosa would also appreciate the reopening of an easy walkway between the Imbiah attractions and the beach. On busy weekends, you seriously do not walk to queue for the monorail just for that 350m distance.

Anyhow, I visited as soon as I could, on the weekend after the opening date and right after checking out the new SkyOrb cable car cabins. It was a frighteningly warm day. Pretty crowded too with locals and visitors from all over the world at every attraction and eatery.

The skies were spectacularly clear, though, allowing for some nice pre-sunset shots at Sensoryscape. While taking these, I realised, yeah, a lot of thought has indeed gone into the architecture of this new double-tier passageway. Those who can’t get enough of the sun can use the upper deck, while those in need of a cooling moment can use the lower deck, which is sheltered, with seats, and flanked by plants.

Sensoryscape Lower Deck
The lower deck is spacious, with seats, and well-ventilated.
Sensoryscape Upper Deck
Night-time at the upper deck. You get up close and personal with the biophilic structures in a different way.

There are steps at both ends of this new attraction; the southern end nearer to the beach involves quite a climb. But there are ramps, lifts for the disabled, etc. The northern end is also conveniently connected to Imbiah and Merlion (Cable Car) stations.

Visiting the attraction is thus a breeze for anyone; the monorail and cable car literally bring you to the doorsteps. Both decks are also broad, allowing everyone to enjoy the attraction without feeling crowded.

In case you’re unaware, Sensoryscape is completely free. It’s also open 24 hours. (The light show stops at 9.40 pm, though)

Six Themed Zones + AR Experiences + Light Shows

Sentosa Sensoryscape is more than just a fanciful passageway, of course. There are no less than six distinctive themed zones. Every night from 7.50 pm to 9.40 pm, there is the amazing ImagiNite experience too.

ImagiNite features light projections at different zones but it’s more than that. If you download the app, you can experience AR magic at two of the zones. You can also use the app to activate the Hyperzoom service at the upper deck. This service allows you to take a “complimentary photo” at the upper deck and then send it to your smartphone.

I didn’t try Hyperzoom during my visit but I did have loads of fun with the AR function. While there are only two zones involved with these, it really adds an enchanting touch of magic to what is already beautiful.

You MUST have ImagiNite installed on your smartphone if you’re visiting, in other words.

Glow Garden at Sentosa
Glow Garden in the late afternoon.
Sentosa Sensoryscape Fireworks
Enjoying fireworks amid giant flower stalks.

Glow Garden

Glow Garden is the southern gate of Sensoryscape. It consists of a large flight of steps flanked by oversized flower stalks. Come sunset, the flower stalks are illuminated with rhythmically shifting colours, transforming the entire area into one super-large light art installation reminiscent of those at i Light Singapore or the Light to Night Festival.

Together with the vibrant colours and sounds of the nearby Central Beach Bazaar, the entire surrounding piazza is carnival-like, yet serene and soothing at the same time. Importantly, the highest point of Glow Garden is also the place to be at about 8 pm and 9 pm.

Anywhere on the steps is in full view of the twice-nightly fireworks at the nearby Wings of Time show. Though the fireworks are brief, they will be the high point of anybody’s visit.

Palate Playground

(To be updated. I have no idea why my pictures here didn’t turn out well!)

Symphony Streams | Sentosa Sensoryscape
I suspect Symphony Streams is the favourite structure of most visitors. It is quite soothing standing at the heart of it.
ImagiNite AR
ImagiNite AR magic at Symphony Streams. Once you have the app installed, you simply need to scan a QR code at the structure to activate the effects. Pictures can also be taken and stored using the app.

Symphony Streams

Symphony Streams is one of three biophilic structures beside the main walkway of Sensoryscape, viewable from both the upper and lower decks.

It’s a water-inspired structure, something that wouldn’t look out of place in, say, a magical seaside kingdom. Or Atlantis when it’s not underwater.

It’s probably the most soothing place to be, too, after a fiery hot afternoon at Siloso or Palawan Beach! Amazingly, the trickling water sounds cool you just like air-con. (Or maybe I was imagining things …)

By the way, Symphony Streams is also one of the two zones where you can enjoy AR magic. (The other is the Scented Sphere) As you can see from my above picture, Sentosa isn’t exaggerating when they say the zone is a surreal underwater realm after dark.

Scented Sphere
Hanging planters and lush bushes at the Scented Sphere.
ImagiNite Sentosa Sensoryscape
Magical butterflies are the AR effects here.

Scented Sphere

Scented Sphere is at the heart of the decks and going by the name, this zone is all about nature’s fragrances and the uplifting scent of flowers.

To be very honest, the sphere was a little bit too full of sticky and sweaty people “fresh” from the beach so I didn’t smell anything much. (Luckily, I didn’t smell much odour too!)

That being said, Scented Sphere is still a relaxing place to be, particularly so after dark when the ImagiNite interactive projections and AR are available. It gives the impression of an exclusive garden. The symmetrical placements of the plants are also picture-perfect.

It’s a fine place to linger at for more than a few minutes.

Tactile Trellis
Was it intentional? One look at Tactile Trellis made me think of woven fabric. As in, when you examine a fabric swatch under a magnifying glass.
Tactile Trellis Light Projection
The light projection show at Tactile Trellis begins at 7.50 pm, transforming the zone into a magical arena of colours and fantasy.

Tactile Trellis

Tactile Trellis is devoted to the sensation of touch; you’re invited to GENTLY feel the different textured plants here. At night, the woven walls also become the arena for a fantastic light projection show.

If you’re quick enough to secure a good spot, this zone will also feel like an omnitheatre during the projection.

Befitting the magical theme of the projection, there are special spots, too, where you can wave to discover surprises. Instructions including the location of the spots are given in the ImagiNite app.

Lookout Loop | Sentosa
The beautiful Lookout Loop with its dancing laser beams.
Sentosa at Night
The southern buildings of Resorts World Sentosa can be seen as you approach the loop.

Lookout Loop

The northern “gate” of Sentosa Sensoryscape consists of an elevated walkway loop. Underneath the loop are some shops and eateries. At the heart of the loop is also a misty garden. You know, the sort where mists blow out from the ground, and is absolutely a riot when swarmed by kids.

The mists aren’t the only attraction either. The “loop” has dancing laser beams that form different patterns. Remember the laser projections at The Promontory? Well, it’s something like that but smaller in scale and more prominent.

And at the upper level, you get quite a panoramic view of the southern end of Resorts World Sentosa. In other words, this a good place to be, before ending your visit.

Sensoryscape, Singapore
A montage of the beauty of this great new, free Sentosa attraction.

Official page of Sentosa Sensoryscape.

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Sentosa Sensoryscape: A Multi-Sensory Adventure
Visiting Sentosa Sensoryscape, the multi-sensory passageway between Imbiah and Beach Stations that comes alive with light effects each evening.

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