They always said “change is the only constant”.
Today, Underwater World Singapore’s (UWS) operator announced it will be closing down on June 26 after 25 years.
It is yet another example of the progress Singapore has made and the constant urge to move forward. And yet, there are so many memories there that I certainly don’t want to see it go.
In some way, we always knew it couldn’t last. Underwater World had been facing competition from the newcomers Dolpin Island and S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. Having 2 large aquariums at a single location was probably the beginning of the end for Underwater World. Afterall, who would want to visit the old and less impressive UWS when there was a sparkling new and larger Aquarium nearby?
I remember the trips with schoolmates and parents to the Underwater World in the early years. As a child, walking through those glass tubes made you feel like you were in another world. I always wished a huge shark would swim by as we moved through the glass tunnel.
Before it goes for good, you still have a chance to take one last look at the place. From tomorrow, entry to Underwater World will return to its opening prices from 1991. That means adults can get in for $9 and children for $5 each.
And if you’re wondering where the sea creatures are going? The attraction’s pink dolphins, fur seals and otters have already been moved to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, China since last week.
So, will you be heading to Underwater World this month?