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Uniquely Singapore: The Where, Who, What, How and When.

Updated on March 21, 2018

How many of you have heard of this tiny country at the tip of Malay Peninsula? One of the smallest countries in the world, you won't easily find Singapore on the map. It is, however, located in a very strategic location, and has grown into a multi-racial country. The fusion of old and new, East and West in Singapore is making it a unique nation.


Where on earth is Singapore?
First of all, let's start from how to find the country on the map. Singapore is NOT part of China; it's not even close to China (it is about 6 to 7 hours flight away from Beijing). Located at the southern tip of Malay Peninsula, in Southeast Asia, Singapore is actually closer to Malaysia's Johor Bahru and Indonesia's Batam Island.

Singapore's timezone is GMT +8, along with Taiwan, Mongolia, and Philippines.


The majority of Singapore's fast-growing population is Chinese, Malays, and Indians.
Minority groups include Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and many more. Because of the many races living in Singapore, people with mixed lineage are quite common in this country.

Signboards in Singapore are usually written in 4 languages: English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay, to accommodate the main races in the country.
Signboards in Singapore are usually written in 4 languages: English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay, to accommodate the main races in the country.


What is the currency of Singapore?
Currency is Singapore Dollar (SGD or S$).

What language is spoken?
Even though the official language of the nation is Malay, English is the actual main language in Singapore. It is the mandatory language in school, therefore almost everyone in the country speak English.
The common street language in Singapore is Singlish – a unique blend of English and other local vernaculars. The main language spoken is English (or Singlish), while the second most common language will be the respective ethnic language of each ethnic group. For example, the Chinese speak Mandarin and an array of Chinese vernaculars.


How to get there?
As an open country, Singapore is easily accessible through air, land, and sea. In fact, the country's own Changi Airport has been voted as the best airport in the world five times in a row.

How is the climate?
Situated above the equator, it comes as no surprise that Singapore’s climate is a jumble of warm, wet and humid conditions. Singapore does not have the typical four seasons (i.e. summer, spring, autumn and winter). Singapore’s climate can be justified in one word: TROPICAL.
Be sure to carry an umbrella everywhere you go in Singapore. It will save you from a sudden drizzle of rain, or unexpected glaring sun.

How to move around in Singapore?
The major transportation in Singapore is Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which is the equivalent of America's subway or England's tube. Other public transports include bus and taxi. Ferryboat services are also available for transport between the main island of Singapore to the other islands.


  • Singapore's National Day is celebrated yearly on 9th of August.
  • The best times to visit Singapore is either around February or December, depends on what you're looking for. Click here to see my article on what is the best month to visit Singapore.

Famous landmarks of Singapore

The Merlion
As the symbol of the nation, Merlion is the place tourists must visit. There are five Merlion statues all over Singapore, but the two most famous are the 8.6-metre-tall original statue at Merlion Park and the 37-metre-tall gigantic replica at Sentosa Island.

The Esplanade
As one of the world’s busiest arts centres, Esplanade offers a staggering range of programmes which caters to all audiences. In addition to Esplanade Presents performances, other offerings by diverse presenters complement the programmes at the centre, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Singapore Flyer
A 165 m (541 ft) Ferris wheel that features 28 air-conditioned capsules. It promises more than just a view, but a panorama that captures Marina Bay’s skyline with a glimpse of neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.

Orchard Road
A 2.2 kilometre-long street that is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore, Orchard Road is a major tourist attraction, in addition to being the most popular shopping enclave in the city-state.

Singapore's skyline
Singapore's skyline | Source

There is, of course, so much more to Singapore than meets the eyes. For more detailed information on what to do, where to go, and what to eat in Singapore, please visit my blog about Singapore or have a look at my other articles!

If there's other Singapore trivia you'd like to know, just comment below!


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    • Jon E. Royeca profile image

      Jon E. Royeca 

      5 years ago from Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

      Singapore is the most advanced country in Southeast Asia, one of the richest in the world. We admire it, and we also wish we could be like it. But it might take so many decades before we can be where it is now.

      Useful and interesting.

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      5 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Hi, Eva Berlin! I happened to visit Singapore in June last year and all of us carry memories of this wonderful country. I agree with you that it is multi-racial and here lies the strength. I liked the MRT which seems to be world class. The Merlion happened to be a special occasion for us as we found a couple dressed as newly wed in that hot weather. Singapore Flyer was a unique experience in itself. Sentosa island was another place where we spent a day. I found the country very neat & clean and public & traffic very orderly. Thanks for sharing and reminding me about Singapore. Thumbed up and shared.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Lovely. Love your style of writing, and how you use questions to introduce your ideas and stress your points.

      Many people, including me, tends to want to classify everyone from East Asia as Chinese when it's really not so. Thanks for showing me/us the uniqueness of Singapore.

      Voted up, useful, and Interesting.

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      Craig Ervine 

      5 years ago from Amsterdam, Netherlands

      True ! Fabulous post have been shared over here. Many ideas are cleared about Singapore .


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