The Lion City never ceases to amaze all those who visit. Singapore has always been among the top places to be visited by travelers. Tourists enjoy many Singapore attractions, and they indeed are pleased by Singapore’s dirt free and green picture, in the midst of glossy shops, eating places along with food centers. All of these symbolize the blend of the Chinese, Malay as well as Indian cultures. From its incredible history to its diverse landscaping and more, Singapore beats all other countries in regards to being unique. How well do you know Singapore? Get ready to test yourself on how many of these facts about Singapore you already know and prepare to discover some interesting new information about the city.
Here’s Akbar Holiday’s list of 22 facts about Singapore that might not only surprise you but also make you want to pay the city a visit.
- Singapore is one of the only 3 city-states in the world i.e it is a city, a capital and a state all at once. The other two are Monaco, which is well known for its beautiful scenery, hosting F1 races and their casino; and Vatican City, which is home to the Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
- Singapore is made up of one large island and over 63 small islands, mostly uninhabited, surrounding islands.
- The island-country is formally known as the Republic of Singapore, while common nicknames for the Singaporean capital are Little Red Dot, the Lion City and Garden City (for its many parks and tree-lined streets).
- Singapore was called Singapura, which translates as Lion City in Sanskrit, by a Sumatran Prince after he thought he saw a lion on the island (it was probably a tiger). The lion makes up half of Singapore’s emblematic Merlion. The mermaid (half) represents the city’s origin as a fishing town.
- While predominantly Chinese, it has substantial minorities of Malays and Indians.
- Singapore has been tagged as Asia’s most successful growth story. It was the fastest growing economy in the world in 2010.
- 7th November each year is observed as tree planting day across Singapore and everyone from citizens to Prime Minister to foreign diplomats plant trees on this day. Citizens even adopt trees and give them a name and these trees are often gifted as wedding presents and birthday presents.
- Singapore is home to world’s first night zoo giving its visitors an out of the world nocturnal experience like never before. This zoo is popularly known as Night Safari. There are nearly 1,000 animals in their naturalistic nighttime.
- Singapore along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan are called the ‘Four Asian Tigers’.
- Singapore’s national symbol is the Merlion (much like mermaid). It is half lion (the head) and half fish (the body). The fish part is actually a tribute to Temasek – Singapore’s ancient sea town.
- The Singapore Flyer (Wheel) is the 2nd tallest Ferris Wheel (highest observation wheel ) in the World with a height of 165m (1st tallest Wheel from 2008-2014). This Wheel can even be seen from some Islands in Indonesia and Malaysia.
- It is one of the world’s leading business centres and a major destination for foreign investment.
- The President of Singapore must not be a member of any political party in order to run for office.
- Singapore is among the smallest countries on the planet. It is the 3rd smallest in Asia and the smallest Southeast Asian Country and the 3rd most populated Country by size in the world.
- Singapore being a coastal country, expect a lot of seafood, including crab, prawns, and the occasional fish psyche.
- Singapore is the place where you will find the first man-made waterfall in Jurong Bird Park. The fall was built in the year 1971. It is 30 ft high waterfall.
- The Lion city has the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, which is a towering 35 meters high! It’s in Gardens by the Bay, which is an indoor garden housing over 500,000 plants from across the world.
- Singapore’s Changi International Airport is the world’s best airport. It is currently rated the World’s Best Airport by Skytrax for the seventh consecutive year since 2013.
- The national anthem of Singapore is encrypted in microtext on the back side of the SG$1000. Next time in Singapore, do check it out.
- Singapore has some crazy laws such as: you’ll be fined for chewing gum (chewing gum is illegal in Singapore), fined for not flushing the public toilet, fined for spitting on the ground, fined for smoking in public, fined for peeing in elevators etc etc. Be careful what rules you break or you might end up cashless due to the heavy penalties.
- Singapore is the only country in the world to conduct the Grand Prix Formula 1 race in the night. Singapore’s inaugural Formula One motor race was held at the Marina Bay street circuit from 26 to 28 September 2008 and since then it is being held every year. Called the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, it was the first and only race to be held at night in F1’s history and also the only street race in Asian Grand Prix history.
- Singapore’s national language is ‘Malay’ and not English. There are 4 official languages- Malay, Tamil, English and Mandarin. Moreover, they have their localised version of English known as “Singlish”.
Singapore contains a mix of modern and historical sights, traditions and stories. Our Singapore Holiday Experts can show you the hidden parts of this city along with the main sights. To make sure you see the full range of Singapore sights, a tour of the City of Singapore is a must. Make the most of your travel with sightseeing tours and activities all included in our exciting Singapore tour packages.
Singapore is waiting for you!