Singapore: Fun Facts
|The original, and very polluted, Singapore River was drained and dammed to control floods and create a reservoir.|
|Out of respect, locals address older folks on the street, like a shopkeeper or a taxi driver, as “aunty” or “uncle” even if they are not related.|
|The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix made history as the first Formula 1 night race.|
|The world’s first night zoo is in Singapore.|
|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).|
|Singapore has the World’s busiest port.|
|Singapore is a city, a capital and a state all at once, making it one of only three City States in the world. The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City.|
|It is one of the world’s greenest cities with approximately half of its land (900square kilometers) under green cover.|
|Singapore is made up of one large island and 63 small, mostly uninhabited, surrounding islands.|
|If you are given a present in Singapore, it is rude to open it in front of the person who gave it you, it’s polite to wait and open the gift later.|
|Chewing gum is banned in Singapore, except for those with a medical prescription.|
|Singapore imports sand and fresh water from Malaysia.|
|Located in the Gardens by the Bay the Flower Dome is the world’s largest glass greenhouse.|
|Singapore 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 Airport is ranked among the top airports in the world.|
|The roadway into the city, from Changi Airport can quickly be turned into another runway.|
|The Fall of Singapore in World War II is said to be the beginning of the end of the British Empire.|
|The attack on Pearl Harbour and the East's Coast of Malaya causing the Pacific War occurred at the same time but due to the international dateline the Honolulu attack is dated 7th December and Malaya December 8, 1941.|
|The Singapore national anthem is in micro text on the back of their $1000 note.|
|Raffles chose Singapore at the tip of the Malay Peninsula to be a “free trading” meeting point for ships from the West (e.g. Europe) and the East (e.g. China).|
PASSION MADE POSSIBLE
Lee Kuan Yew, The founder of Singapore
Despite its free-market image, all the land in Singapore is owned by the government, and 85 percent of housing is supplied by the government’s own housing corporation. 22 percent of GDP is procured by state-owned enterprises, including Singapore Airlines.
Singapore bought billions of cubic feet of sand from Cambodia because Cambodia needs money and Singapore needs land.
The President of Singapore must not be a member of any political party in order to run for office.
You need to bid for the right to own and drive a car in Singapore. The current rate is roughly $80,000.
The blend of Singlish is actually pretty well-known internationally. They even have two words – lah and sinseh – in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The flying fox, the world’s largest bat with a wingspan of up to 1.5 meters, can be found on Pulau Ubin, one of the islands off the mainland.
Buildings in Singapore cannot be higher than 280 meters.
More Singaporeans are born in the month of October than any other month of the year.
The most common Chinese surnames in Singapore are Tan, Lim and Lee.
Over 80% of Singaporeans own cell phones. In fact, many working professionals own two – one for personal use and one for work-related matters.
The Singapore Sling was first served up to guests at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel in 1915.
The national language of Singapore is Malay, not English. The four official languages are English, Chinese, Tamil, and Malay.
Almost half of the territory of Singapore is covered by vegetation!
The largest tropical orchid garden in the world is found in Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Singapore Travel Information
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