An Introduction to Singapore

All about Singapore

This page gives you an introduction to Singapore so that you can have better understand to this small country also known as the lion city.

Where is Singapore location on the map?

Where is Singapore and the location of Singapore on the world map? Is Singapore a country or City and what’s the capital of Singapore? What country is Singapore in and is Singapore in China?

Above are the common thought and questions when you mention about Singapore. Lot of people heard about Singapore but don’t really known about Singapore location and some even has a wrong perception that Singapore is in China.

Singapore or Singapura is a city as well as a country in South East Asia, is a little red dot, a small island located just off the southern tip of Peninsular. Singapura is a Malay word. Singa means Lion and pura means City. That is why Singapore is also known as Lion City. Singapore is located far away from China. Singapore is so small that it has no capital. It is an island city-state in Southeast Asia

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Singapore the Lion City

This Lion City was founded as a British Colony in 1918 and it had been developed into one of the world’s busiest port today. You may find lots of modern skyscrapers everywhere mixed together with a taste of traditional Chinese, Indian and Malay influences buildings. Combining with great taste food, fantastic shopping, exciting nightlife, first-class airport and connections to the rest of the world, this Lion City is a great stopover

History of Singapore

A brief history of Singapore. According to legend, Singapore was part of the Srivijayan Empire in the 13th century.

Began in 1819, Singapore was founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and he declare Singapore a free port, with no duties charged on trade. This policy had drawn traders from far and wide and turns her into one of the Asia’s busiest port.

When World War II broke out, Singapore was seen as a formidable British base; with several naval defenses guarding against assault by sea. However, to their surprise, the Japanese chose to cross Malaya by bicycle instead. Despite with all the effort to hold the Japanese, Singapore had surrendered on 1942 with less than a week of fighting. The Japan occupation lasted for three years and eight months with the return of the British in 1945. After the war, Singapore became a British Colony.

Singapore had joined Malaysia for a short time in 1963 when the British left, but Singapore left Malaysia and became independent on 9 August 1965. Since then, Singapore's economy boom for the subsequent forty years and become one of the four East Asian Tigers.

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How big is Singapore?

Singapore has a size of around 721.5 square kilometres area which comprises the mainland and other islands. Singapore has about 62 offshore island and some of the bigger and popular islands that you can visit are Sentosa, Kusu Island, St John’s Island, Sister’s Islands and Pulau Ubin.

What is the population of Singapore?

The people of Singapore are largely descendants of immigrants from the Malay Peninsula, China and the Indian sub-continent.

Singapore has a population of about 5.6 millions. Despite of its small size, Singapore is seen as a multi-racial country with the largest group is Chinese who made up of 75% of the population. The rest of the population of Singapore is made up of Malay (14%), Indians (9%) and Eurasians (2%). Singapore government target to growth Singapore population to 6.9 million in year 2030.

Singapore language

Singapore is a multi-racial society and you may wonder what language is spoken in Singapore? Singapore have four major languages namely English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay. Singapore national language is Malay and therefore, Singapore national anthem is sing in Malay. Although Singapore National language is Malay but English is still a common language used in Singapore to communicate between different races and as a language of administration. English is being thought as a first language in School and mother tongue as a second language. Most of the people in Singapore speak fluent English. At times, you will hear some Singlish too. Singlish is a mixture of English, Malay, Hokkien.

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Singapore weather and temperature

There are no different seasons in Singapore. The Singapore weather is usually sunny with the hottest period during from April to June and while most of the rainfalls take place during November to January. It will always be good to have the umbrella with you when come to Singapore. It will be useful for either sunny or rainy days. 

The average temperature through out the year is around 27 °C to 31 °C it seldom fall below 24 °C. Wet season start from Sept to Jan and Dec has the most rain. The rest of the month will be dry season for Singapore. Singapore humility is very high it range through out the day from a maximum of 96% to minimum of 64%

Festival in Singapore

There are many festival and events throughout the whole year. I will just name a few here and you may read more in here.

Keep an eye out for the Singapore Food Festival, held every year in July. The festival comprises of weekly core events, themed celebrations, culinary workshops and competitions organized across the whole Singapore

Look out for the Computer shows on every quarterly (March, June, September and December) throughout the whole year. Lots of computer and electronics goodies are up for grab during the show.

All shoppers take note, you can expect the Great Singapore Sales starting from May to July. Clothing, shoes, bags and many more are selling at a amazing discounted price. Remember to bring more extra lugguage for all you stuff when you come to Singapore.

Exciting event like Formula One night race is held in September. In 2008, Singapore had the privilege to host the first night-time event in Formula One history and it was staged on a street circuit, with the Singapore skyline as the backdrop.

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Where to eat in Singapore?

If you are worried of where to find food in Singapore, this is the least worry. The people in Singapore loves to makan (eat in Malay). There are many hawker centers and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap and a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western food. Restaurants who offer fine dinning can be found across the country too.

Lots of details about Singapore food is shown here.

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Shopping in Singapore

There are plenty of places for you to shop in Singapore. You can either choose to shop comfortably in the air-con shopping malls (E.g. Vivo City or Suntec City) or you can choose to shop in the neighborhood stores.

Cannot wait start to start shopping in Singapore? You can follow this Singapore Shopping link to find out more.

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Singapore had grows exponentially since independence and it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries with the world's busiest port.

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Hope that you have gained much knowledge from this Introduction to Singapore.