The Singapore Flag
Where is Singapore
Singapore is located on the southern end of Malaysia (Malay Peninsula) and it is about 137 KM north of the Equator. It consists of 63 islands including the main island itself. Due to its strategic location along the busy shipping routes connecting Europe to China, the island has be given the status of an entrepot town, a port where imported and exported of merchandise without having to pay for import duties.
Singapore has a population of about 5 million (as of 2010) where the largest group are the Singaporean Chinese who account for more than 76% of Singaporeans, the Singaporean Malays constituting about 13%, Indian Singaporeans are the third largest ethnic group at about 7%, the rest comprises smaller groups such as Arab Singaporeans, Thais and Eurasian Singaporean community.
Singapore is a multi-religious country, with well over 40% of Singaporeans practice Buddhism, Christianity accounts for 15%, 15% do not practice any religion and about 14% are Muslims. The minorities are Taoism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and others.
How The Name Singapore Comes About
The name Singapore originates from the word Singapura. “Singa” means lion and “pura” means city. Hence, this island is also known as Lion City. Singapore is also affectionately known as the “Little Red Dot”.
A brief story on which how the name Singapura came about was based on a folklore. A legendary prince of Sumatra (a mountainous island in western Indonesia) named Sang Nila Utama, saw an island that looked like a white cloth from the top of a huge rock. With curiosity, he decided to visit this island. He set sail with his men and was caught in a very heavy storm. As water was entering into the ship, heavy items on the ship would have to be thrown overboard to prevent the ship from sinking but the ship continues to take water. Interestingly, the storm was calmed after he threw his crown into the sea. When he landed, the first animal he saw was a lion and named the island Singapura.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest type of climate and no distinct seasons. Its temperatures range from 22°C to 34 °C (72°F to 93°F). According to Köppen climate classification (one of the most widely used Climate Classification System), Singapore climate is characterised by uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity and abundant rainfall.
Useful Information At A Glance
Population : 4.9 Million (approx)
Race : Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasians & Others
Language : English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil
Major Religion : Taoist, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu
Country Code : +65
Timezone : UTC+8 (GMT+8)
Electricity : 220-240V (50 Hz)
CellPhone : GSM-900, GSM-1800, 3G
Where to go whilst you are simply in Singapore
Whilst in Singapore, one has to definitely visit the many interesting and experience the unique vibrant mix of sounds, sights, colours, cultures and many tastes that Singapore has to offer. Find out in more details where to go. Some of the following places to definitely visit are:
1 ) Sentosa Island
2 ) Universal Studios Singapore Theme Park (which is within Resorts World)
3 ) Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark (360 degrees view of Singapore’s skyline)
4 ) Singapore Flyer(Be able to view historical and icon landmarks 165m+ above ground level)
5 ) Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari
6 ) Jurong Bird Park(The largest bird park in the world)
7 ) One of the many pubs either at Clarke Quay, Boat Quay or other cool places to be
8 ) Chinatown
9 ) The many parks, gardens and wetland reserves(Nature reserves, Orchids and beautiful gardens)
10 ) All the various landmarks and memorials which tells of the island’s history and what it means to the locals
11 ) The annual Great Singapore Sale which starts from 27th May to 24th July …… and many many more
Visitors/Tourists should be aware that most places like shopping centers, attractions close around 10pm to 10.30pm(Or unless specified) except for pubs and places of night life which go way into the wee hours of the morning. Singapore has so much to offer from its culture, family fun and to shopping. There is something for everyone and you can find out more by coming to Singapore to enjoy the sun, sights and shopping.