SINGAPORE , sometimes referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City or the Little Red Dot, is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets.
With a population size of over 5.5 million people it is a very crowded city, one of the world's most densely populated countries. However, unlike many other densely populated countries, Singapore - with more than 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves - is an enchanting garden city.
Stamford Raffles founded colonial Singapore in 1819 as a trading post of the East India Company. The islands were ceded to Britain and became a British trading colony. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan. It gained independence from the UK in 1963 by federating with other former British territories to form Malaysia, but separated two years later over ideological differences, becoming a sovereign nation in 1965.
Today, Singapore is one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts the world's busiest port. It is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. Singapore is known for its high standard of living and it is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety, and housing.
Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant night-life scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.
The center of the city is located in the south — consisting roughly of the Orchard Road shopping area, the Riverside, the new Marina Bay area and also the skyscraper-filled Shenton way, a financial district known as the CBD (Central Business District).
The most popular city's landmarks are the Merlion / the symbol of Singapore / alongside the nearby Marina Bay Sands SkyPark and Singapore Flyer – both of which offer breathtaking views across the iconic Singapore skyline.
Other places worth visiting include:
Gardens by the Bay - a huge, colorful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore
The National Botanic Garden & Orchid Garden
Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Chinatown & Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Clarke Quay- the city’s most picturesque eating and drinking spots
Orchard Road - the elegant shopping area of Singapore
The lavish Raffles Hotel
Sentosa Island -a purpose-built island for leisure and relaxation known for its theme parks and beautiful beaches. Here you will find Singapore Universal Studios.