Singapore is the capital of a single state and a symbol of Asias stability. Today, the city-state is among the top four most developed countries in East and Southeast Asia. Singapore is a leader in information technology, finance, and the electronics sector.
In ancient times, its convenient geographical location made the Malay village of Tumamac one of the largest trading centers. The name Singapore (& lion city) was given to the city in 1299. According to the Malay decree, a prince of a certain Indian country, fleeing from a storm on an island, saw an animal that resembled a lion.
In the aftermath of the wars, the town was destroyed and burned and served as a refuge for pirates for a long time. In 1819—1824 a free port was established in Singapore, and its growth accelerated in 1869 with the opening of the Sójök Canal. In 1965, the city became the independent Republic of SINGAPORE.
Modern SINGAPORE is characterized by a high standard of living and advanced amenities. The most interesting tourist sites in Singapore are the theme parks and ethnic villages. One of them is Serangoon (&la;Little India), which is home to a population of Indian people. It is home to colorful Indian shops and cafes, the Kalyamian and Chir Nisa Perumal Brams, and the Sultanah Mosque.
It is also interesting in the Chittagong area, on the west side of the city. It contains Chinese craftsmens shops, national shops, and entertainment venues. The village of Ming produces porcelain products based on ancient technology. And Chinese and Japanese gardens are works of art.
In the village of Geyleung, along the Syngapur River, there is a Malay village in which the «icehouse» quarters with houses and churches on the ground are preserved.
The Jurorong area is home to the worlds largest bird park, with 420 species of birds and a crow farm. Other attractions in the city include the East Coast Park, which has a large assortment of water plants, the SINGAPORE Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens, which has a great collection of orchids. And the 105-meter-high Mount Faber offers a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings.
- Air quality: 54 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
- Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 5,600,000 people
- Population density: busy: 9x9m 81m per person
- GDP: $52,814 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Internet: 86 Mbps
- Best wireless: Singtel
- Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
- Tipping: Tipping is not customary in Singapore. You don’t need to worry about paying tip for using any services in Singapore. However, there may be times that you want to reward a waiter or bellhop for providing excellent service. Most restaurants in Singapore add a 10% service charge to the bill so a tip is not expected.
- Apartment listings:
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best coffee 24/7: Starbucks – The Cathay
- Best coffee: Drury Lane
- Best taxi: Grab
- Best coworking space: Impact Hub
- Online electronics shop: Lazada
- Best short-haul air carrier: Air Asia
- Best intl air carrier: Singapore
- Monthly costs for expat: $2600
- Monthly costs for family: $7500
- Monthly costs for local: $2100
- Meal: $5.5
- Small Cola: $1.1
- Beer 1 Pint: $9
- Coffee: $4
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