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admin August 11th, 2007

Introduction to Singapore

The modern nation of the Republic of Singapore, the world’s one of the busiest port, was founded as a British trading post on the Strait of Malacca in 1819. Singapore’s location on the major sea route between India and China, its excellent harbor, and the free trade status conferred on it by its visionary founder, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, made the port an overnight success. By 1990 the multiethnic population attracted to the island had grown from a few thousand to 2.6 million Singaporeans, frequently referred to by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as his nation’s greatest resource. If Raffles had set the tone for the island’s early success, Lee had safeguarded the founder’s vision through the first quarter-century of Singapore’s existence as an independent nation, providing the leadership that turned it into a global city that offered trading and financial services to the region and to the world.

Modern Singapore’s three main ethnic groups–Chinese, Malays, and Indians–live next door to each other and share the same housing development facilities, shops, and transportation.

Despite efforts to maintain an ethnic balance in housing, however, the stated goal of the nation’s leaders is not that Singapore become a mini-melting pot, but, rather, a multiethnic society. Of the country’s 2.6 million inhabitants, about 76 percent are Chinese, 15 percent Malay, 6.5 percent Indian, and 2.5 percent other. There are, however, mixtures within this mixture.

Although Singaporeans are expected to be modern in their outlook, they also are encouraged to retain a core of traditional Asian values and culture. In a society in which all share a common education system, public housing, recreation facilities, and military training, the government considers it important to highlight the uniqueness of the three official ethnic groups.

Singapore is multi-religious as well as multiethnic. Major religious preferences reported in 1988 were Buddhism (28 percent), Christian (19 percent), no religion (17 percent), Islam (16 percent), Daoist (13 percent), and Hindu (5 percent).

In terms of public health, Singapore also closely resembles developed countries.

One of the fastest growing sectors of the economy is Singapore’s international banking and financial services sector. Singapore, which in 1990 hosted more than 650 multinational companies and several thousand international financial institutions and trading firms, has become a global financial, trading, and industrial center.

Some of the Singapore highlights…

The Merlion is one of the most well-known icons of Singapore. Previously the landmark statue was at the Merlion Park but in 2002 it was relocated in front of Fullerton Hotel. The Merlion statue, measuring 8.6 metres high and weighing 70 tonnes, was built from cement fondue by the late Singapore craftsman, Mr. Lim Nang Seng. The body was made of cement fondue, the skin from porcelain plates and eyes from small red teacups. Lion head of Merlion represents the lion spotted by Prince Sang Nila Utama when he re-discovered Singapura in 11 AD, as recorded in the “Malay Annals”. The fish tail of the Merlion symbolises the ancient city of Temasek (meaning “sea” in Javanese) by which Singapore was known before the Prince named it “Singapura” (meaning “lion” (singa) “city” (pura) in Sanskrit), and represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village.

The theatres on the Bay is one of the world’s busiest arts centres, the architectural icon with its distinctive twin shells sited by Marina Bay at the mouth of the Singapore River comprises two large halls: the 2,000-seat theatre and the 1,600-seat Concert Hall, complimented by two smaller studios, an outdoor theatre as well as a mall. The two domes housing the Theatre and Concert Hall were designed in glass, to convey a sense of openness. To keep the centre cool in the tropics, over 7,000 pieces of aluminium sunshades together with double-glazed laminated glass were installed on a steel truss frame to form the cladding that makes the centre such a striking architectural icon against Singapore’s city skyline. The spiky cladding has since earned the centre the popular nickname of a beloved local fruit, the Durian.

Sentosa IslandSentosa
Sentosa, a slice of paradise, offers a kaleidoscope of attractions and activities with breathtaking beauty and exciting themed attractions. The island stretching 3.2km long, is a popular spot which engages visitors in various sports activities or simply chilling out at beachfront bars/pubs. Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach, the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia are some of the memorable corners.

Singapore FlyerSingapore Flyer
Located at Marina Bay, it offers breathtaking, 360° panoramic views of Singapore and beyond (opening in early 2008). A central atrium opens out to a lush tropical rainforest, while an open-air theatre hosts live performances. Adding to the buzz of sights, sounds and activities will be a 210-metre long waterfront dining promenade. Standing at a stunning 165 metres, you will be able to experience remarkable scenes of the Singapore skyline: the magnificent Marina Bay, towering skyscrapers, tropical greenery, and the bright lights and non-stop action against the beautiful skies.

Singapore Discovery CenterSingapore Discovery Centre
Opened in 1996, the Singapore Discovery Centre’s main objective has been to promote the Singapore Story through entertainment and interactive activities. The redeveloped Centre embarks on a new journey as a world-class edutainment attraction for Singaporeans and overseas visitors alike.

The new Singapore Discovery Centre with 5 main galleries around 8 different themes spans a total floor area of 4,500 square metres. Guests will be able to dip themselves in Singapore’s past, present and future, travelling through time to key moments in the nationhood and experiencing them “as they happen”.

Night SafariNight Safari
Night Safari is a wild adventure not to be missed. At the Night Safari, you can look a rhinoceros in the eye, hear the howls of a pack of striped hyenas or watch giraffes glide serenely across the plain in the still of the night. This premier night zoo houses over 900 animals of 135 exotic species in eight zones re-created to simulate geographic zones like the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna, Nepalese river valley, South American pampas and Burmese jungle.

(Collected from various websites)

  • Comments(32)

32 Responses to “Singapore”

  1. nirmal adhikarion 16 Nov 2007 at 4:04 am

    thanks a lot for making a website like this from here we can learn about singapore and even about nepal and this type of website can help to promote nepal and tourist place of nepal at last hope you are making this site more useful and submit more information like this.

    NIRMAL ADHIKARI(balaju-16-kathmandu)

  2. krishon 09 Jan 2008 at 3:40 am

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  10. SARITAon 25 Mar 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Singapore is a beautiful place. But nobody should forget that our country is not less beautiful too. Does anyone know where is the new party going to be held this year?

  11. Prashanton 26 Mar 2009 at 10:55 pm

    “Nepalese New Year 2066 Celebration !!”

    The Nepalese Society invites all Nepalese in Singapore to celebrate New Year Party 2066.

    Following are details of the gathering:

    Date: Monday, 13th April 2009
    Venue: Kantipur Tandoori Restaurant
    Level 2
    18 Verdun Road #02-01
    Opposite Mustafa Shopping Complex
    Nearest MRT: Farrar Park Station, (from the station, walk towards
    Kitchener Road, turn right at Verdun Road).

    Starting 6.30PM till late night
    Dinner Served from 7:30PM
    Price: Adults: SGD15 each(applicable for member & spouse)
    Price: Adults: SGD20 each (Non-member)
    Students: SGD15 each
    Children: below 12 years of Age (FREE)

  12. abhayon 12 Jan 2010 at 11:21 am

    hi all nepali frends…. i’m abhay jaishi from india….. I’m pursuing MBA here in india and i would like to work in singapore. I wish if anyone can help me to get job there in singapore…. Jai nepali..

  13. Nabinon 28 Jan 2010 at 4:48 am

    Anybody suggest me how i can transfer money to Nepal in cheap service charge..

  14. Manojon 01 Feb 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Every Body! This is Manoj, currently I am doing JOB in Singapore in Construction Field since 2.5 years. Now I am staying Hougang Avenue -3, But I am looking one/common room near about Hougang Area. If any Nepalese Singaporeans are interested to find/share/Rental the room. Please contact me!

    Mr. Manoj
    H/P no. 98759029.

  15. Manojon 14 Feb 2010 at 3:38 am

    Happy Valentine Day! All Singapore Neplase Girl’s!!

  16. Deepak Acharyaon 15 Feb 2010 at 5:30 am

    HI ALL,
    I am Deepak from nepal(Butwal) i came here Singapore last week to look for job currently i am on social visit pass for one months until now i am staying in hotel at joo chita road i am looking for the share room with nepali i could not abale to get any cont. with any nepleas here. i have a friends from other country i am planning to stay with them if i will not found any option if anyone having share room vacant pls let me know through my email or call me on 81107512. thanks.

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