A Vibrant City-state Where Diverse Cultures Merge Beautifully”
A tiny island nation off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore has come a long way since its British Crown Colony days and establishment of an independent democratic nation in 1965. Today, the Republic of Singapore is the epitome of a modern-day Asian miracle, a cosmopolitan and affluent city-state enjoying one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Previously regarded as somewhat bland and sanitised, Singapore is anything but, as the millions of visitors who flock here can attest. The “Lion City” has truly roared back in style, cementing itself as one of Asia’s hottest destinations.
Despite its compact size, this visually striking city is a surprising spectrum of contrasts, where east and west and modernity and tradition effortlessly merge. Gleaming skyscrapers and architectural masterpieces towering over ancient temples and colonial landmarks showcase the relentless development. One of Asia’s most ethnically diverse cities, Singapore reveals a melting pot of cultures, inherited from the Chinese, Malay, Arab and Indian immigrant population. Cultural legacies abound in a charming network of ethnic heritage quarters, with Chinatown and Little India taking starring roles. Other notable enclaves cover dazzling Marina Bay, home to many waterfront modern attractions, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, both pulsating nightlife hotspots set along the historic Singapore River. Despite intense urbanisation, Singapore is one of the planet’s greenest metropolises. Known as the “Garden City”, nearly half the land area is covered with lush green spaces. Beyond the central core, walking trails, goat farms, wetland reserves and beaches are waiting to be discovered, besides 60 smaller offshore islands including the largest, Sentosa, dubbed Singapore’s “State of Fun”.