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Singapore Country Guide

A small island nation in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a bustling, beautiful, tropical country. With a warm humid climate all year round, it is a great place to visit at any time. Known for its progressive mentality, orderliness, cleanliness, safety and reliability, Singapore attracts tourist and is a favourite stopover place for anyone travelling in Asia.

Singapore has been a major trading port for centuries. The first appearance in written record of Singapore as a trading stop is as early as the 2nd century. Since the 14th century it has been considered a pivotal port, facilitating trade between east and west. The Portuguese burned down the whole settlement of Singapore, in the early 17th century, and it became a place that was unknown for almost two hundred years. By the early 19th century, the British started building a trading post which laid the groundwork for the starting of Singapore as we know today. The British invested a great deal in making Singapore a central trading port, as Singapore was seen as the perfect base to challenge the Dutch and reign supreme in trading in Southeast Asia. Soon it became one of the busiest ports in the world.

Singapore has a multi religious and multi lingual community. The population is made up of mostly immigrants, and each brought their own religion and language. Buddhism, Taoism, Shenism, Christians, Catholics, Hindus and other minority religions live in harmony. The official languages in Singapore are Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English. Although the English language is widely spoken, and children are taught in English in school, they are also taught their traditional language to keep their heritage alive.

Singapore today, is a bustling business centre and tourist attraction. Home to many international businesses, like other major cosmopolitan cities, it has a varied nightlife, hosts designer shops and world-class restaurants. Orchard Road is a central tourist and shopping area, and is full of malls that sell products that will suit every budget and taste. Restaurants serve international cuisine and traditional food, which is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Malay and continental. Eating out should definitely be on the top of any list of things to do. It also hosts all the major food chains such as McDonalds and Subway.

The city holds many celebrations and events outdoors, from western ballet to the traditional arts, folk entertainment and rock bands coming together to make a unique mix. Tourists don’t have to go far to experience the energy of the nation, and if you want to travel some distance around the country public transportation is affordable, comfortable and reliable. From history museums, botanical gardens and a dolphin lagoon, to the Night Safari which is the first zoo at night in the world, Singapore has a lot to educate and entertain.

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