Things to Do In Singapore
Singapore Travel Guide
Singapore Is Known for...
Five of Singapore's most unique features and characteristics.Food
In a country where a common greeting is “have you eaten?” in place of “how are you?” you know you are not going to go hungry! The melting pot of cultures in Singapore means that there is an incredible variety of food on offer – whether you opt for a cheap and cheerful road-side zi char joint or a fine-dining celebrity chef-owned establishment. The majority of locals eat in the hawker centres – the city’s version of street food, where you can pick up a plate of local cuisine for as little as $3 or $4.Shopping
Apart from eating, the other national pastime in Singapore is shopping - you just need to visit a shopping mall at the weekend to prove the theory. Orchard Road is the main shopping thoroughfare and boasts the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world. It’s all about brands here, and the bigger and flashier the mall the better. In fact Singaporeans are so obsessed with shopping that they dedicate an entire two months a year to celebrating consumerism, with the Great Singapore Sale running annually from May to July, with many shops slashing prices by up to 70%.Greenery
Singapore is not called the Garden City for nothing, boasting a huge number of national parks and reserves – quite amazing...
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Singapore's fairly recent development began in the early 1800's when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles decided it would make an ideal port for the British East Indies Company. Under British colonial rule, the city-state grew by leaps and bounds all through the 1800's, becoming in just a few years one of the busiest ports in the world. World War II wreaked havoc on Singapore: bombings reduced much of the architecture to rubble, and when the British ceded control to the Japanese in 1942, many of its citizens were shipped off to other countries as slave labor, many were executed, and still others were confined to prisoner-of-war camps. During the post-war period, Singapore became a self-governing state, gaining full independence in 1965. Today's Singapore is a true melting pot, home to people of Chinese, Malay and Indian descent, with a significant population of non-citizen residents (temporary workers and ex-pats) from countries as diverse as Korea, Japan, the UK, the US, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Indonesia. There's a vibrant conglomeration of cultures here, with colorful ethnic pockets (remnants of Raffles' segregated urban plan) such as Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. Singaporeans enjoy a high standard of... Read more »