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Singapore - Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Country Singapore
Things To Do Merlion Park, National Gallery Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Gardens By The Bay, Southern Ridges Canopy Walk, Siloso Beach, Raffles Hotel
Singapore - Gardens by the  Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore - Southern Ridges

Southern Ridges

Singapore - National Gallery Singapore

National Gallery Singapore

Singapore


Description

The sovereign-state of Singapore in Southeast Asia is comprised of the island of Singapore and several smaller adjacent islands with a total area of 720 sq km (278 sq miles).

The name of Singapore is derived from the Malay name Singapura (in Sanskrit 'Lion City'). People from South East Asia consider a lion a mythical creature, so it's a great name for a spectacular city.

Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles who made an agreement with the Shah of Johor giving control of Singapura to the British East India Company. Raffles set up a new trading post, which thrived over the ensuing years due to its advantageous location. Europeans, Chinese, Indians and Malays migrated to the country for work. By the early 20th century the population had risen to about 200,000. In 1924, a causeway opened linking the northern part of Singapore to Johor Bahru.

The city's growth as a trading center came to an end in World War II when the island was taken by the Japanese in early 1942. The invaders' control lasted for three years and is a bloody period in the city's history riven by abductions, executions and torture. The city returned to British rule in 1945.

Self-government was attained in 1959. In May that year a general election was held to choose 51 representatives for the fully elected Legislative Assembly.

Today Singapore boasts global businesses operating in chemicals, logistics, media and biomedical sciences, a tourism industry greeting over 9 million people annually and a world top ten cargo port.

The visitor has numerous fantastic attractions to see. Top of any bucket list should include Merlion Park, with its famous statue (half lion, half fish, Singapore's national symbol), the National Gallery Singapore with its fabulous collection featuring the works of Southeast Asia artists, the world famous Gardens By The Bay with its dazzling waterfront gardens, and busy but beautiful Siloso beach with a lively beach scene.
Why in 100 Best?

Just about every promotional video of Singapore showcases the incredible new Gardens by the Bay with its amazing Marina Bay hotel. Fantastic yes, but explore deeper to find a rich and thriving culture with a very energetic vibe.

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