Singapure is a city from other century.
However, it comes difficult to define whether it is century back or forward. It’s steel and glass cityscape points to the future but its especially green environment which allows you to breathe easy and streets too clean to believe, it harks back to another age.
You can experience this curious mix yourself on your trip to Singapore. Booked.net can assist you with this if you browse our comprehensive list of Singapore hotels. Be it a room in cheap hotel in Singapore or one luxuriously appointed we have them all with maps, photos and secure forms at Booked.net.
Some say Singapore is spotlessly clean, a city with ''sterile predictability'', but the famous writer William Gibson saw beyond that - "Disneyland with the death penalty''- a status it earned for more than just clean corners, but the out of time contrast it was built around.
Can you imagine if time stopped for a while? In Singapore you will, when you first have to ask a local for help. If you are a bit puzzled finding your way back in this city you are faced with a huge contrast of people from busy white-collar workers to fortune-tellers to ask directions from. The latter is perhaps the echo of 19th
century France where fortune-telling was widely practiced, but hey… you are in Singapore in the 21st century. It is advisable to stick closer to the white-collared if you want to keep your pockets full.
All the better to spend your money on the legendary cuisine in Singapore or just take in the numerous sights it offers. Attractions include;
- Old Parliament House, a remnant of colonial Singapore
- Carlsberg Sky Tower, this 361-foot tower offers unforgettable views of Singapore
- The Temple of Heavenly Happiness, the oldest and largest of Chinese temples
- Night Safari, the world's first wildlife park designed exclusively for night viewing
Most of today's Singapore originated much earlier in 1819 when it appeared as a British trading post alongside Penang and Malacca. By 1820, Singapore's trade surpassed that of Penang and became the centre of government for the three areas, while the first step toward independence - self-government - was made in 1959. On 9 August 1965, it became a sovereign, democratic and independent state with a multicultural essence.
The population of Singapore has the sixth-highest percentage of foreigners in the world even though Singapore itself is very compact. Statistics state the population of Singapore in 2009 was 4.99 million people with 74.2 percent Chinese, Malays 13.4 percent and Indians 9.2 percent and on to the world famous and rich on their visit to Singapore.
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