Singapore Guide

By Admin | Last Updated August 29, 2019

Singapore is an island, a city and country. At the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. Singapore is currently the only island-city-country in the world. Spread over an area of 279 miles or 722.5 square kilometers, Singapore is more than just those high rise buildings, shopping streets, malls, theme parks, and entertainment areas. There are beaches, green neighborhoods, nature parks, and many less frequented areas as well.

Singapore is made of 60 islands and islets. This island-city-country has one of the strongest economies in the world. It has 5.6 million residents crammed into 277 square miles. Singapore has one of the highest GDPs in the world.  Multicultural, Singapore is home to people from all over the world Malays, Indians, Chinese, Arab and English. It is a model for other countries.

History

Singapore had a humble beginning. You can find records from AD 1298-1299. It was known a “Temasek” or “Sea Town”. Around the 14th century, the Prince of Palembang had gone on a hunting trip. He spotted an animal he had never seen before. Considering it an omen, he named the place, where he found it as ‘The Lion City’ or “Singapura”. Click here to read our Singapore Travel Guide.

The island was a Malay settlement and predominantly, a fishing village. It was inhabited by the indigenous tribe Orang Laut. Singapore has gone through major wars and political upheavals and had attained independent status in 1965. Singapore made efficient use of its shipping, air transport, oil refineries and ports and developed fast to become a viable independent nation. It is an international brand today.

What To See

The modern Singapore was founded in the 19th century. The credit for the economic and political upliftment goes to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Now, everyone around the world wants to do business with Singapore.

It has evolved as a fantastic tourist destination, which has an Open Door Policy for all strangers. Singapore has a combination of the fast and polished of the west, against the contrasting calmness of the east. You can unearth a wealth of culture, tradition and architecture in this island nation.

Singapore has a rainforest in the central part, 4 nature reserves and 300 parks. The city has other architectural and technological wonders to attract people from all over the world. There are a wide range of options for tourists. Read our detailed Travel Guide for Singapore here.

Geographically, Singapore is the largest port in Southeast Asia. It is also one of the busiest in the world. Now, it is a member of the commonwealth. Nearly, two-thirds of land is under sea level in Singapore. Timah Hill is the highest point. Panjang and Mandai are the other hilly terrains in the country.

Interesting Facts

Singapore’s national anthem is written in micro-text in the $1000 notes. It could have been named Tiger City, but wrongly named Lion City.
Other two city-states are Monaco and Vatican City, apart from Singapore. Bukit Timah Reserves holds more trees than North American continent.
Building regulation in Singapore allows a maximum height of 280 meters. There are 63 small islands, apart from the main island.
One of the world's 20 smallest countries. Singapore has the world's largest fountain.
4 official languages - English, Chinese, Tamil, and Malay. Currency - Singapore dollar.

Climate

This is an all-year destination, as you will always face the high heat and humidity. Winters are the wetter months. Equatorial monsoon climate. It is always better to go on your sightseeing early in the morning. You can start off with the outdoor attractions and then navigate to the indoor attractions, as the heat rises. There is rain somewhere on the island, almost every day.

Demographics

Singapore is multi-cultural. As of June 2017, it is home to 5.6 million people. It consists of Eurasians, Ethnic Chinese, Malays, and Ethnic Indians. They mostly follow Buddhism, Tamil, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and others.

Due to immigration, the population is swelling up all the time. It is a religiously tolerant country. There are also people who do not practice any religion.