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Visiting the Lion City: A Singapore Tour Experience

 

One of the youngest yet progressive country in the world, Singapore attracts many tourist. With its well-functioning airport to many tourist-friendly places that is one of the best in the world to no-fuss public transport, Singapore is one Asian country you must visit. It boasts of great food and shopping experience and its many neighbourhood caters to different tourist needs.

For those who prefers to go cafe-hopping, Tiong Bahru Neighborhood is for you. Tiong Bahru is not only a haven for food lovers with its 1980s-inspired quaint cafes, restaurants and shops but also a historic place. If cafe-hopping is not your thing, then follow the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail which includes ten heritage sites.

For the culture buff, head over to Chinatown and Kampong Glam. With majority of the country’s population as Chinese, Singapore’s Chinatown is a vibrant and historic neighborhood. Visit the Laughing Buddha in Sago Lane, several traditional Chinese Medicine shops, temples and more. Soak in Muslim culture at Malay Heritage Center at Kampong Glam. Head to Haji Lane for your fix of one-of-a-kind mementos and Arab Street for the most sumptuous food.

Singapore is a small nation that is comparable to other advanced countries. In 2016, it ranked third in the GDP Per Capita as reported by the International Monetary Foundation which makes it one of the richest countries on the planet. But Singapore is not always the financial hub it is now. Looking at Singapore today, one would not see it as a fishing village it used to be.

Sultan Parameswara who ruled Singapore in the 1940s was considered the last king. Modern Singapore was founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and the country was under the British influence. When World War II broke out, the Japanese Empire took over from 1942 until 1945 dubbed as the darkest period in Singapore’s history. In the historical building of former Ford Factory where the Japanese set up a military headquarters then, an exhibition named Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies opened its doors to the public now. Located at 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road, the exhibition features Singapore in different stages of the war namely: pre-war, Fall of Singapore, the time of the Japanese occupation and the remnants of the war.

Decades later, Singapore is now a place of beauty and safety. Local culture and daily life is also depicted on several statues around Singapore like the one along Telok Ayer Park. Communities of different background harmoniously live together in HDB complexes enjoying kopi at hawker centres. Despite its dark past, Singapore remains the lion city, strong and mighty.

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