Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth.
Singapore—known variously as the “Lion City” or “Garden City,” the latter for its many parks and tree-lined streets—has also been called “instant Asia”
Singapore—known variously as the “Lion City” or “Garden City,” the latter for its many parks and tree-lined streets—has also been called “instant Asia” because it offers the tourist an expeditious glimpse into the cultures brought to it by immigrants from all parts of Asia. While predominantly Chinese, it has substantial minorities of Malays and Indians.
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Singapore is the quintessential cosmopolitan, having the highest religious diversity in any country. Spread 42 km (26 miles) east to west and 23 km (14 miles) north to south, today it boasts of the world’s busiest port. Singapore has climbed to be one of Asia’s hit-list destinations with its efficient and widespread transport system – whizzing in this country is just a matter of minutes! The national pastime of Singaporeans is eating, followed closely by shopping. This ‘City in a Garden’ is a blend of cultures, combining different ideas, cuisines, new architectures going well with the gleaming hint of the old school.
Best Things to do in Singapore
JURONG BIRD PARK
The park boasts of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries with the tallest man-made waterfall (30 metres high), where visitors can enjoy a close-up view of free-flying birds from Africa and South America in a tropical setting. The aviaries are specially designed to closely resemble the natural habitat of the birds. The 50-acre sanctuary offers educational and entertaining bird shows throughout the day. Don’t miss out on the Birds n Buddies show that showcases a stunning display of the largest collection of birds. Watch pelicans in the first ever underwater viewing gallery as they prepare to catch their lunch, have colourful and friendly lories feed right out of your hands and be amazed by the singing parrot.
River Safari is one of the most visited attractions of Singapore. The theme park is based on some of the world’s most prominent rivers like the Amazon, Ganges, Mississippi, Nile, Congo, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze. Every river has its own adventure and wildlife to offer. The River Safari boasts of the world’s largest freshwater aquarium exhibit which has been aptly named as the Amazon Flooded Forests. The theme park also has a Panda Forest which is the largest panda exhibit in southeast China.
When you’re in the vicinity of the Merlion Park and One Fullerton, it’s hard to miss out on the iconic symbol, regarded as the pride of Singapore. The large Merlion statue, standing at a height of 28 feet has a lion’s head and a fish’s body and represents the city’s humble origins as a fishing village. From here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Marina Bay.
SINGAPORE CITY GALLERY
Singapore City Gallery is a great place to start your tour of Singapore. The Singapore City Gallery gives its visitors relevant information about its most famous architectural attractions through detailed and delicate miniature models. Learn about how Singapore became what it is today through a captivating 270-degree panoramic sights and sounds show. The City Gallery also offers you an opportunity to design your own skyline for fun!
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