Singapore is a pretty special race with it being held at night; it makes a great show for the fans.
Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Since independence, it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries and boasts the world’s busiest port. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping, and a vibrant night-life scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.
History of Singapore
- According to legend, Singapore has founded centuries ago when a prince from Sumatra landed on the island and saw a lion. He took it as a good omen and founded a city called Singapura, which means lion city. The legend may or may not be true. In fact, the name Singapura was not recorded until the 16th century and Singapore was really only a trading post with a small population, not a city.
- Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826). Raffles became a clerk for the British East India Company in 1795. He rose rapidly in the company. In 1805 he was sent to Penang. Raffles believed the British should establish a base on the Straits of Melaka and in 1819 he landed on the island of Singapore.
- In 1963 Singapore joined with Malaysia. However, the union was short-lived. It left in 1965 and became completely independent.
- Today, many slices of Singapore’s multi-cultural, colonial and wartime past are preserved in and around the city. You can visit monuments, museums, and memorials, or for a real trip through time, take a walk along a heritage trail.
Top Destinations In Singapore
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort that has it all: a luxury hotel, restaurants, an endless collection of shops, a convention center that is one of the largest in Asia, theater, an ArtScience Museum and other entertainment centers.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Garden occupies a land area of 52 hectares. The garden contains more than 60,000 species of plants and animals and is home to the world’s first children’s garden. Past visitors rave about the tropical greenery of the gardens.
National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore is the largest and oldest museum in the capital dating back to 1849. Focused on the history and culture of capital, the museum immerses the visitor in a multi-sensory experience of Singapore’s past and innovating with interactive elements.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay, a top attraction in Singapore which features the world’s largest glass greenhouse, the Flower Dome – an impressive 1.28 hectares of flowers under glass. This huge, colorful, futuristic park is famous for its high-tech Supertree Grove – a collection of magical giant trees – as well as Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
Henderson Waves Bridge
The Henderson Waves Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in all of Singapore. It measures 274 meters long and is 36 meters above the Henderson Road, a six-lane freeway running through the south coast of the island state. Considered as the largest of its kind in Asia, it connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.
It is one of Singapore’s top attractions, with more than one million people annually enjoying a tram ride through seven of the world’s geographic regions. It open in 1984, three restaurants features menus and entertainment that reflect life in the jungle or rainforest.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness) is one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore, located in Chinatown. The local was the first stop for grateful Chinese immigrants who have survived the difficult voyage from Southern China.
Built across the mouth of the 350-metre wide Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates the country’s 15th reservoir, supplying around 10 percent of the nation’s water needs. It now acts as a water source, flood control, and a new lifestyle attraction. The view of downtown Singapore from the bridge holding the dam offers a great photo opportunity.