GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as the City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore's circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha's teeth.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

4,296,000

CAPITAL

Singapore (4,296,000)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $25,200

LANGUAGE

Chinese, Malay, Tamil, English

RELIGION

Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianist

LIFE EXPECTANCY

79

AREA

660 square kilometers (255 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

93

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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CHINATOWN

Chinatown is a subzone and ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, the area has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.

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DINING IN SINGAPORE

Singaporean cuisine is diverse and contains elements derived from several ethnic groups, as a result of its history as a seaport with a large immigrant population. Influences include the cuisines of the native Malays and the largest ethnic group, the Chinese, as well as Indonesian, Indian, Peranakan and Western traditions (particularly English and Portuguese-influenced Eurasian, known as Kristang). Influences from other regions such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Middle East are also present.

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ESPLANADE

The Esplanade is a performing arts centre located in Downtown Core near the mouth of the Singapore River. Named after the nearby Esplanade Park, it consists of a concert hall and a theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 people.

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GARDENS BY THE BAY

The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

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GEYLANG

Geylang is a residential township located on the eastern fringe of Singapore. It is bordered by Hougang and Toa Payoh to the north, Marine Parade to the south, Bedok to the east and Kallang to the west.

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LITTLE INDIA (SRI SRINIVASA PERUMAL)

Little India is an ethnic district in Singapore, located east of the Singapore River, across from Chinatown. Both areas are part of the urban planning area of Rochor.

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MARINA BAY

Marina Bay is a bay located in the central area of Singapore. It is surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas: the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View.

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MARINA SANDS

Marina Bay Sands is a luxury resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore.

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ORCHARD ROAD

Orchard Road, a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard, is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore.

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SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is an historical tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore's main shopping belt. Opened in 1859, it is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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SINGAPORE FLYER

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel (described by its operators as an ""observation wheel""), opened in 2008.

CHINATOWN

Singapore-Chinatown-Buddha-Tooth-Relic-Temple-_-Museum-18090 COVER

Chinatown is a subzone and ethnic enclave located within the Outram district in the Central Area of Singapore. Featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements, the area has had a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.

DINING IN SINGAPORE

Singapore-Singapore-food-Din-Tai-Fung-restaurants-18159 COVER

Singaporean cuisine is diverse and contains elements derived from several ethnic groups, as a result of its history as a seaport with a large immigrant population. Influences include the cuisines of the native Malays and the largest ethnic group, the Chinese, as well as Indonesian, Indian, Peranakan and Western traditions (particularly English and Portuguese-influenced Eurasian, known as Kristang). Influences from other regions such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Middle East are also present.

ESPLANADE

Singapore-Esplanade-Other-pictures-Esplanade-18146 COVER

The Esplanade is a performing arts centre located in Downtown Core near the mouth of the Singapore River. Named after the nearby Esplanade Park, it consists of a concert hall and a theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 people.

GARDENS BY THE BAY

Singapore-Gardens-by-the-Bay-Colonial-Garden-17852 COVER

The Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

GEYLANG

Singapore-Geylang-17753 COVER

Geylang is a residential township located on the eastern fringe of Singapore. It is bordered by Hougang and Toa Payoh to the north, Marine Parade to the south, Bedok to the east and Kallang to the west.

LITTLE INDIA (SRI SRINIVASA PERUMAL)

Singapore-Little-India-Sri-Srinivasa-Perumal-Temple-17796 COVER

Little India is an ethnic district in Singapore, located east of the Singapore River, across from Chinatown. Both areas are part of the urban planning area of Rochor.

MARINA BAY

Singapore-Marina-Bay-By-night-18139 COVER

Marina Bay is a bay located in the central area of Singapore. It is surrounded by the perimeter of four other planning areas: the Downtown Core, Marina East, Marina South and Straits View.

MARINA SANDS

Singapore-Marina-Sands-17982 COVER

Marina Bay Sands is a luxury resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore.

ORCHARD ROAD

Singapore-Orchard-road-17995 COVER

Orchard Road, a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard, is the retail and entertainment hub of Singapore.

SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

Singapore-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-Other-pictures-Botanical-Garden-18060 COVER

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is an historical tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore's main shopping belt. Opened in 1859, it is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SINGAPORE FLYER

Singapore-Singapore-Flyer-(Panoramic-Observation-Wheel)-17840 COVER

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel (described by its operators as an ""observation wheel""), opened in 2008.

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