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Singapore Travel and Tourism

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Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, lying 137 kilometres north of the equator, south of the Malaysian state of Johor and north of Indonesia's Riau Islands. At 710.2 km2 , Singapore, a microstate and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, is by orders of magnitude larger than Monaco and Vatican City. These, as well as San Marino, are the only other surviving sovereign city-states. Before European settlement, the island now known as Singapore was the site of a Malay fishing village at the mouth of the Singapore River. Several hundred indigenous Orang Laut people also lived along the nearby coast, rivers and on smaller islands. In 1819, the British East India Company, led by Sir Stamford Raffles, established a trading post on the island, which was used as a port along the spice route. Singapore became one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire, and the hub of British power in Southeast Asia. During the Second World War, the British colony was occupied by the Japanese after the Battle of Singapore, which Winston Churchill called "Britain's greatest defeat". Singapore reverted to British rule in 1945, immediately after the war. Eighteen years later, in 1963, the city, having achieved independence from Britain, merged with Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak to form Malaysia. However, the merger proved unsuccessful, and, less than two years later, it seceded from the federation and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations on August 9, 1965. Singapore was admitted to the United Nations on September 21 of that year. Since independence, Singapore's standard of living has risen dramatically. Foreign direct investment and a state-led drive to industrialization based on plans drawn up by the Dutch economist Albert Winsemius have created a modern economy focused on industry, education and urban planning. Singapore is the 5th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita. In December 2008, the foreign exchange reserves of this small island nation stood at around US$174.2billion. The Singapore government, with approval from the President, announced in March 2009 that it would tap into her official reserves for the first time ever, and withdraw some S$4.9 billion. The funds were then used as part of the S$20.5 billion resilience package unveiled by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 5 February 2009. As of January 2009, Singapore's official reserves stands at US$170.3 billion. In 2009, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Singapore the tenth most expensive city in the world in which to live—the third in Asia, after Tokyo and Osaka. The 2009 Cost of Living survey, by consultancy firm Mercer, has ranked Singapore similarly as the tenth most expensive city for expatriates to live in. The population of Singapore is approximately 4.86 million. Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse with Chinese people forming an ethnic majority with large populations of Malay, Indian and other people. English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese are the official languages. Singapore is a parliamentary republic, and the Constitution of Singapore establishes representative democracy as the nation's political system. The People's Action Party dominates the political process and has won control of Parliament in every election since self-government in 1959.

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Christmas in Singapore - Singapore City
Christmas in Singapore The visitors and the local people have a great time during Christmas in Singapore. It is definitely the most enchanting time of the year and the occasion of Christmas is celebrated with great enthusiasm and excitement in Singapore. Many exciting events and programs are organized to celebrate Christmas in Singapore. The best time for the visitors to come to Singapore is during this time of the year. The Christmas Parties in Singapore will surely turn out to be very memorable and pleasant experience for everyone. The eve of Christmas is celebrated and enjoyed by people of all age group. Christmas in Singapore is celebrated following the Chinese tradition yet people following different religion and culture will s...

Attractions Guide For Singapore - Singapore City
Attractions Guide For Singapore There are myriad reasons for you to visit Singapore! Although it is the smallest country in Southeast Asia, Singapore is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The combination of dream-like, exotic landscapes, imposing ancient temples and worship sites grant the island a mysterious, almost unreal feature, immersing travelers into a deep state of relaxation, appeasement and contemplation towards the wonders of nature. As soon as you arrive in Singapore, you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent sites and ancient architectonic structures, emerging from a landscape that seems to be untouched by man. The multitude of parks, botanical gardens and the beauty of the beaches found in Singapore render the diamo...

Museums in Singapore - Singapore City
Museums in Singapore Museums are of great value for the lovers of history and art. They hold the artefacts belonging to different periods of history and take people on a journey in bygone era. Singapore also has several evocative museums. Prominent among Singapore museums are as follows: Asian Civilisation Museum It is the first museum in South-East Asia which tells about pan-Asian cultures and civilisations and their influence on Singapore. Rich legacy of Singapore has been shown in very interesting way in the museum, which offers more than one thousand artefacts in 10 themed galleries. Changi Prison Chapel & Museum This museum in Singapore remembers the brave warriors of the World War II, who passed months and years of tortur...

Excursions from Singapore - Singapore City
Excursions from Singapore Excursions from Singapore are exciting ventures which you should never miss. Excursions from Singapore include in their itineraries visits to interesting spots around Singapore. Sentosa, the treasure island of Singapore, is haunted by several tourists in Singapore. Sentosa is only fifteen minutes or so away from Singapore. Hotels and travel agencies organize cable car rides for their guests and clients from the attractive Faber hill of Singapore to Sentosa. Each cable car can accommodate three to four tourists on excursions from Singapore. When you look down from the cable car, you will be greeted by the breathtaking beauty of the seas below. The little islands on the marine waters will look like charming toy ...

Singapore Vacation It's Always a Fun - Singapore City
Singapore Vacation It's Always a Fun Singapore is a state with many faces. Ultra-modern lifestyle, state-of-the-art transportation and communication systems, rollicking nightlife, mysterious medical art of feng shui, and colorful opera are some faces of this wonderful state. Few places in this incarnation of modernity still retain old-world charm. One journey to this land of surprises is not enough to understand it. Rustic Singapore If one wants to know the life of the locals, one is suggested to visit the eastern part of the island during Singapore vacation, which is away from the bustling city. Board a boat at Changi ferry and be transported to Pulau Ubin. One of Singapore's bigger offshore islands, Pulau Ubin retains a rustic air reminiscent of ol...