The Epic Beauty of Singapore's Urban Heart

Over the course of years, Australian filmmaker Keith Loutit chronicled the rise of Singapore's world-class skyline. The results are nothing less than spectacular.

A variety of nuanced cultures can be found in the world-class city of Singapore. If you're ever there, one thing you have to do is to mount yourself on a high perch to get a good view of the skyline (we like the Skypark atop the Marina Bay Sands, preferably at dusk or at night). Frankly, it's one of the most dramatic skylines in the world, owing largely to the city's status as one of the world's top financial centers and shipping hubs.

This city-island-state of just 277 square miles is home to nearly 5.4 million people, and when you stand on a rooftop perch and gaze into the towers that extend as far as the eye can see, you are guaranteed to be mesmerized.

What's more mesmerizing is this video from Australian filmmaker Keith Loutit, who is based in Singapore. Loutit produced multi-year time-lapse shots that capture the city's spectacular rise and growth.

Get there: Singapore Airlines is renowned for its comfort and luxury and has plans to bring back its direct flights to Los Angeles and New York (Newark) in 2018. In the meantime, United flies a direct flight from San Francisco to Singapore.