Singapore

A flower from SingaporeSingapore, a city, state and island nation has emerged as the most sought after tourist destination in recent years.

Singapore has something new and interesting to offer to almost everyone and excites the senses of the most jaded tourist. It is a harmonious blend of the modern and the traditional, the urban and the rural where skyscrapers sit cheek by jowl with traditional Chinese homes.

Within the last couple of centuries Singapore has grown from a small fishing village to a thriving business centre, with a port that is counted amongst the busiest in the world and shopping malls that compare with the best that the West has to provide. Its compact size belies its economic growth.

Fact File

The people of Singapore are largely of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian descent. The Country has Mandarin, English, Malay and Tamil as its four official languages though different dialects of Chinese and Hindi are also spoken.

The currency is the Singaporean Dollar (S$) with 1USD equal to 1.529 SGD.

Since Singapore stays between 23°C and 30°C almost the whole year round and gets a fairly steady annual rainfall, there isn’t much to choose between different months if one is planning a visit. You could, though, time your visit to coincide with one of the various festivals and events.

Top Tourist Attractions

Singapore has a lot to offer to the keen tourist. One can choose between its Natural Parks (which includes the Butterfly Park, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari), its Ethnic Quarters (Little India, Chinatown) or its different islands (Kusu, Pulau Ubin, Sentosa, St. John’s Island).

The city has many Museums - Asian Civilization Museum, Changi Chapel and Museum, Chinatown Heritage Centre - to name a few. It also has many prominent places of worship be it Hindu temples, mosques, Buddhist shrines and beautiful churches, which western tourists find especially attractive. Some notable ones are:

  • Abdul Gaffur Mosque
  • Armenian Church
  • Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
  • Veeramakaliamman Temple

Apart from this there are various landmarks and memorials, theme parks and historical sites that would keep a tourist occupied for the period of his/ her visit.

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