16 Interesting facts about Singapore

Located at the end of Malayan Peninsula between Indonesia and Malaysia, Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. Spreading across a land area of more than 714 square kilometers Singapore is a beautiful and one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia. Singapore has four official languages- English, Malay Mandarin and Tamil. Here are some interesting facts about Singapore that are sure to amuse you.

Singapore skyline

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1. Lion City with NO Lion

Singapore LionYes, Singapore is the English word for “Singapura”, which means Lion City. But did you know that there are no lions in Singapore. The name “Singapore” was derived from the Sanskrit term simha orsingha, which means “Lion”. No surprise, Lion is also the national animal of Singapore.
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2. Celebrating Many Cultures

Singapore cultureYou will not find any specific ethnic group in Singapore that can be pointed out. It is a country rich in cultural diversity and celebrates many ethnicity e.g. Chinese, Malay, and Indian.
Source: yoursingapore.com, image: wikimedia.org

3. Land of Acronyms

Singapore is also known as “Land of Acronyms”. Whether it is a Highway, government agencies, skyscrapers, transportation modes or even the name of a human being (LKY – Lee Kuan Yew, First prime minister of Singapore) have acronyms. Some usual acronyms are: MOE – Ministry of Education, SBS – Singapore Bus Service, MRT – mass rapid transit, CTE – Central Expressway and GST – Goods and Services Tax.
Source: singaporesweat.com

4. Gardens by the Bay

garden by the bay
Garden by the bay

“Gardens by the Bay” is a park in Singapore spreading across 250 acres of land. It has three waterfront gardens: Bay East Garden, Bay South Garden and Bay Central Garden. The whole park is known for its beautiful design and architecture.This park consists of 18 super-trees that act as vertical gardens, and also generates solar power. They work as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories.
Source: Wikipedia

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5. National Day

National Day Parade 2007
National Day Parade 2007

The National Day of Singapore is celebrated on August 9 every year, to celebrate Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in the year 1965.
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6. National Anthem on $1000

Yes, you heard it right! If you ever manage to get a $1000 note (which is not readily available) turn it over and you will find micro text lyrics of the Singaporean national anthem. It’s amazing!
Source: singaporeseen.stomp.com

7. Singapore River Festival

Singapore river festival
Singapore river festival

This week long festival celebrates different cultures and ethnicity of Singapore. It features beautiful performances by artists and many parades along the Singapore River.
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8. Hawker Centers

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Hawkers centre, Singapore
Hawkers center, Singapore

If you’re interested in trying new cuisines, head to any of the hawker center. There are more than 100 hawker centers in Singapore having almost 200 stalls. It’s pretty hard to cover them all as you will need at least 4 days to cover all the hawker centers.
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9. Foodie’s Paradise

Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese Chicken Rice

Singapore’s diverse culture and heritage has served up a huge number of colorful cuisines, each with its own distinctive flavor and aroma. Chili Crab, Fried Carrot Cake, Hainanese Chicken rice, Hokkien Prawn Mee, Fish Head Curry, Kaya Toast, Nasi Lemak, Rojak & Roti Prata are among the most popular local dishes.
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10. Second Densest Sovereign State

SingaporeSingapore comes second in list of the world’s most densely populated countries, after Monaco. Moreover it also falls on sixth position in the list of wealthiest and the 20th smallest country in the world. Singapore is among the favorite venues in world for global meet and events. Well-known brands like Singapore Airlines and Tiger Beer comes from Singapore
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11. History of Timezone

Believe it or not, but, Singapore’s time zone has been modified for almost 6 times over the last century. Until May 31, 1905, Singapore was 6.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Then it changed to 7 hour then 07:20…07:30…09:00…07:30 and in 1982, it was again redefined to be 8 hours ahead of GMT. Why so? The whole story is that East Malaysia was GMT +8.00 & West Malaysia was GMT +7.50. Malaysia decided to standardize their timing but it’d be awkward for Singapore to be the only one who’s 7.5 hours ahead of GMT. So, they changed it!
Source: Wikipedia

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12. World’s First Nocturnal Zoo

Singapore night safari
Singapore night safari

World’s first night safari zoo was opened in Singapore on the eve of 3rd May 1994. This Night Safari took almost seven years to complete at a cost of S$62.5 million. The night-time zoo was initially named the Asian Night Safari with a focus on Asian species but was later renamed the Night Safari.
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13. Singapore in Top Ten

Singapore comes on TOP in the list of countries having ease of doing business worldwide. It has been ranked no.1 by the World Bank for 2012, successively for 7 years. Singapore is first in the world to have best protection of intellectual property. It is also ranked as 3rd most competitive country in the world.
Source: Wikipedia

14. Hug Me

Coca-Cola Hug Machine
Coca-Cola Hug Machine

“Hug Me” and you will get a coca cola! No, we are not saying this! It is hug-me coca-cola machine which is located at the National University of Singapore. It is the first ‘Hug Me’ machine that hands out a bottle of Coke when a somebody wraps his/her arms around the machine. How cool is that!
Source: mindblowing-facts.org, image: bestmediainfo.com

15. Highest Natural point

Bukit Timah Lake Singapore
Bukit Timah Lake Singapore

“Bukit Timah Hill” is the highest natural point of Singapore which is only 164m high (537 ft), in spite of that, it contains more variety of trees than the entire North American continent.
Source: Wikipedia, image: vtourist.com

16. Sands Skypark

Marina Bay Sands in the evening
Marina Bay Sands in the evening

Want to see an architectural masterpiece? Visit Sands Skypark. It looks like a kayak or surfboard docking on a tripod, built on top of the three hotel towers at Marina Bay Sands. Providing the best panoramic views of Singapore this 1.2-hectare tropical haven is longer than the Eiffel Tower! It is large enough to park four A380 jumbo jets. It extends form one of the world’s largest public cantilevers. It also has world’s largest rooftop pool called “Infinity Pool”.
Source: yoursingapore.com, image: wikimedia.org

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