It’s an unbelievable transformation the one that Singapore has experienced over the last few years, from being a little fishermen village to being one of the wealthiest countries in the world… and all that in less than 50 years!
Singapore or Singapura translates as Lion City. A Sumatran Prince gave this name after believing to have seen a lion on the island, but the truth is there were never any lions in Singapore. It’s possible that what he really saw was a tiger.
Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world. The land area stretches across 63 tiny offshore islands that surround the main one. Just so you can compare… the USA is about 15.000 times bigger!
The Merlion, a half-fish, half-lion sculpture is the most popular symbol of the city. The fish-part is a tribute to Singapore’s history as a fishermen ancient village, the lion-part represents the animal that the Sumatran Prince saw when he arrived to the city, but we all now that what he saw wasn’t exactly a lion…
It’s one of the world’s greenest cities, almost half of Singapore is covered by plants. The contrast between all those skyscrapers and futuristic buildings and the abundance of vegetation in every part of the city is incredible to observe.
Singapore is a multicultural city; the four main ethnics are Chinese (that make up the majority of the population), Malays, Indians and others (from every other country in the world). There are several neighbourhoods that include Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam, the Malay area. In each of them, you can find traditional restaurants, shopping bazaars and cultural elements such as religious temples, mosques and palaces.
If you ever decide to visit Singapore, you may like to know that its transportation system is one of the best in the world, allowing visitors and residents to move around easily. It’s also an extremely safe and clean city… so don’t think twice!
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