100 Reasons to Visit Singapore

Since independence in 1965, Singapore has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts the world's busiest port. With the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate all year around, with tasty food, good shopping and amazing nightlife, this Garden City is a great place to visit. Here are 100 reasons to visit Singapore.

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    Singapore Skyline

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    They are particularly breathtaking at night.

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    Safe, Clean and Efficient

    Visitors frequently associate Singapore with the words 'safe', 'clean', 'green' and 'efficient' and its no wonder. One of the safest city on Earth courtesy of its strict laws, multilingualism and enhanced security.

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    Gardens by the Bay

    Source: www.bca.gov.sg

    The newly opened seaside botanical gardens in the CBD continues to enhance Singapore's reputation as a green city.

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    Cheap to get around in Public Transport

    Source: www.mot.gov.sg

    This modern city offers a world-class infrastructure and transport system of well-developed road networks and public transportation systems that allow visitors to access attractions conveniently and quickly. Singapore public transportation system is among the best in the world. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Rapid Transit (LRT) or buses takes you to almost every corner of Singapore.

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    Street Food and Food Stars

    Singapore's street food and hawker stalls are included in nearly every round up of best Asian eats, thanks in part to a multitude of ethnicity contributing to a sensational food culture.

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    World War II Memorial

    Source: asiasociety.org

    For those who are passionate about WWII, there is the peaceful World War II Memorial.

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    An Amazing Airport

    With free city tours on offer to layover passengers at Changi Airport (head to the registration desk in Terminal 2), you don’t even have to stay overnight to get a taste of Singapore. Aside from the obvious efficiencies and streamlined processes, Changi Airport offers cool lounges and transit hotels (including one with a rooftop swimming pool), cinemas, art installations, city tours for transiting passengers and even a butterfly garden. Changi is expanding, and the futuristic "Jewel," is scheduled for completion in 2018. The 10-story facility will feature the world's tallest indoor waterfall, gardens, walking trails, retail shops and eateries, and a new transit hotel. The award-winning Changi Airport provide easy and comfortable connections with over 100 airlines flying to more than 200 cities around the world. Then there's the airport's free day tours, foot massages and WI-FI for travellers to enjoy.

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    ArtScience Museum

    Source: www.arup.com

    The ArtScience Museum offers a striking architectural contrast to the glass towers that soar above it at Marina Bay Sands. The 6000-square-metre space houses a vast array of galleries, each unique in its layout and concept. Robotic hand or lotus flower, you decide!

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    Universal Studios

    The Universal Studios theme park is the first of its kind in south-east Asia. Although it's petite by international standards, the park draws crowds with its headlining attractions: Battlestar Galactica, the world's tallest pair of duelling roller coasters, and the 3D Transformers The Ride.

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    The new Gambling Paradise

    Source: cnbc.com

    Singapore has emerged as Asia’s hottest new gambling destination with a revamped cityscape, notably marked by the opening of two ultra-modern resorts casinos in 2010.

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    Marina Bay Sands Hotel

    Source: luxedb.com

    This unique hotel of 55 floors is indeed a marvel of design and of daring creation. This nugget of architectural wonder offers 2,500 luxury rooms and suites with a spectacular view over the city.

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    Raffles Hotel

    Raffles Hotel sounds British and looks it. But it was conceived by three Armenian brothers, who wanted to ape the Brit style and attract wealthy 19th-century travelers.

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    Fashion Week for the rest of us

    Singapore Fashion Week actually sells tickets to the general public unlike most other fashion week.

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    Skyline Chairlift

    Soak in the panoramic views of the Sentosa coastline, Siloso Beach and the Singapore city skyline while being lifted to the top of the Luge trails.

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    The fabulous food

    Flavours from Malaysia, China, Indonesia, India and beyond collide to create the delicious hybrid cuisine Singapore has become famous for.

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    The Sport

    Home to the world’s only Formula 1 night race, Singapore is one of the world’s greatest Grand Prix hosts. And the city-state is beginning to attract more big fish in the sport world.

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    Singapore’s Drinking Scene

    There’s now no better place to admire the expanding city skyline than from rooftop bars like Cé La Vie or Altitude.

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    A Full Calendar

    No matter what time of year you visit Singapore, there's likely an event or festival taking place.

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    The Helix Bridge, an architectural marvel

    Source: whenonearth.net

    Linking Marina Bay to Marina Centre, the Helix Bridge, is set to become Singapore’s next landmark. This 280 metre pedestrian linkway (the longest in Singapore) features a world’s first double-helix structure and is an engineering feat assembled with great precision.

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    Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest giant observation wheel

    Standing at 165 metres tall, the Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel that is among the world’s largest. Opened in 2008, a breathtaking panoramic view of the Singapore City skyline is ensured from inside one of the capsules. No other place in Singapore offers these glittering night views.

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    Enjoy Hot Singapore Tea in Plastic Bag

    Coffee or tea in plastic bag

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    Best-ever Crustacean Dish

    Source: groupon.sg

    Chili crab was created in 1950 by Singaporean chef Cher Yaw Tian and her husband Lim Choon Ngee. It's since become the unofficial national dish of a food-loving nation.

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    Sharing Popcorn

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    At Gemini cinema, the comfy seats come two by two and with moveable arm rests, making a cozy space for couples.

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    English no one else understands - Singlish

    Source: http://poachedmag.com

    Singapore's own animated colloquial slang. "So expensive! Cheaper can? I no money lah."

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    The Island Life

    Source: http://www.todayonline.com

    Sentosa is a small island just off the coast of Singapore that has been transformed into a world-class tourist attraction. The island has always had its mainstays of beaches, cafes, nightclubs and the popular music festival "Zoukout". But things have been taken to a whole new level with the addition of Resorts World Sentosa, a $6.5 billion SGD casino complex.

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    Nowhere is far

    Singapore is compact and easy to get around.

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    World's highest, largest rooftop pool

    The view from Marina Bay Sands' world's highest 495-foot rooftop pool is truly magnificent. Swarms of people take selfies here every day to prove it.

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    Green peace

    Thousands of plant species from all over the world are housed under a giant domed roof where the temperature is permanently set around 23 degree celcius. .

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    Hainanese Chicken Rice

    Source: themeatmen.sg

    Singapore’s national dish, chicken rice, should be on your must-taste list. It’s available in Singapore’s numerous “hawker centers,” which are food courts on a whole other level.

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    Singapore @50

    Singapore celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence in 2015, so there will be a lot going on this year.

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    For The Fantastic Free Things To Do

    Go ahead hike along the southern ridges, listen to live music at Esplanade, or fly a kite at Marina Barrage.

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    Peranakan Museum

    Source: asemus.museum

    Housed in a beautifully restored building that was formerly the Tao Nan Chinese School, the Peranakan Museum charts the historical blend of Chinese and Malay cultures. Over three floors, galleries, artefacts and exhibits showcase proud traditions, heritage and visual arts of Peranankans which underpins much of today’s modern fast-paced Singapore.

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    Truffle Fries

    Source: sg.openrice.com

    Gourmand’s version of the humble potato chip.

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    River Safari

    Source: isango.com

    Asia’s only river-themed wildlife park, River Safari is the latest addition to Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Over 5,000 animals representing species from the planet’s significant rivers: Amazon, Ganges, Nile, Congo and the mighty Murray.

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    Air-conditioned Bus Terminals

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    It is an easy city

    Many things is simply solved in Singapore. This is a culture where people love to sit down, eat, talk and do nothing; and really, it is pretty awesome.

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    Low Crime Rates and Zero Corruption

    Currently ranked the 5th least corrupted country in the world, Singapore surpassed a long chain of reforms and law enforcement practices on the road to a bribe-free society.

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    Clean Water

    Don’t take for granted the clean water you get from your taps. Not every country’s tap water is safe to drink.

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    Singapore Airlines

    There's no better way to fly!

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    Chewing Gum Ban

    Source: bbci.co.uk

    You don't have to worry about sticky situations on your shoes.

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    Road Safety

    Source: wsm.com.sg

    Singapore roads are pretty safe, by most country standards, thanks to a vigilant police force, clear road rules, and a stringent system of applying for a driving license.

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    Excellent signage, You’ll never get lost

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    24-hour Eateries

    There’s no understating how much Singaporeans love their food. At local 24-hour food outlets, diners get a full meal, and at a cheap price too.

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    Wi-Fi connectivity

    Free public Wi-Fi services.

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    Singapore’s really tiny. It takes no more than two hours to get from one point to another on public transport.

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    Ever Changing

    There are new malls and new restaurants popping up all the time.

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    The Shopping

    It still lags behind its Asia Pacific counterparts in affordability, but in terms of choice, Singapore is still a shopper's paradise. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands complex now houses one of the world’s largest collections of designer boutiques under one roof.

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    St. John Island

    Take a day-trip to other rarely visited islands, such as St John with its beaches and its mosque.

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    Cantonese Opera show

    Pay a visit to a Cantonese Opera show. Located in a small and charming place in Chinatown, every Friday and Saturday visitors can enjoy opera classics excerpts, with their full costumes and incredible makeups included.

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    Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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    Arts and Architecture

    Wander around Singapore and you'll immediately notice many works of art in public spaces and a beautiful contrast of colonial and modern architecture mixed among traditional Malay houses and Chinese temples. Don't miss architectural wonders like the Helix Bridge, which features an impressive double helix structure that spirals around the bridge's walkway.

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    The Diversity

    Singapore is a multi-racial society, and a collage of different communities, cultures and religions, each with a long and rich heritage and all living respectfully alongside each other.

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    No Winter Clothing is required

    Source: lyanlua.com

    With year-round temps around 32C (90 F), and almost never dipping below 23C (74 F), no winter clothing is required .

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    Singapore's Night Safari

    Singapore's Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal safari park. It showcases more than 2,500 animals in their natural nighttime habitats.

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    Easy to fly away!

    Source: math.nie.edu.sg

    Amazing destinations like the beaches of Thailand and Malaysia, Borneo, Cambodia and Java are just a short hop away.

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    Harmony of Old and the New

    Singapore's unique cosmopolitan culture reflects the harmonious relationship between old and the new. This is highly visible in the blend of modern skyscrapers with heritage buildings all around the island-city.

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    Lorng Buangkok Kampang

    Only 20 minutes by bus from the downtown area, is the last village of Singapore, Lorong Buangkok Kampang, a place where you can experience the essence of a local village.

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    Chinatown food court

    Enjoy China and its culture wandering the streets and visiting the lively shops, restaurants and food court.

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    Cruise Exploration of Asia

    Singapore is an ideal launch pad for many visitors to commence their exploration of Asia. In addition to being one of the most popular flight connection stops, it is fast becoming the cruise hub of Asia.

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    Fun for the Whole Family

    Singapore offers a number of family-friendly activities, making it ideal for travelers looking for an exotic vacation spot with options for children. Head to Sentosa for a day at Universal Studios Singapore, have breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo or see the sights of Singapore from a Vietnam War era amphibious vehicle known as the "duck."

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    Affordable Taxi Rides

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    With close to 30,000 official taxis servicing a population of fewer than 5.5 million people, it's usually easy to get a ride. And they're cheap.

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    Caffeine Kick

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    Forget Starbucks, especially if you need a caffeine kick to start your day. The local coffee shops serve up some of the strongest coffee around for the very affordable price of $0.80 to $1.50 per cup.

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    It’s A Zoo Out There

    The Singapore Zoo is often touted as one of the world’s nicest zoos and it is a must for any so inclined tourist.

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    6D motion ride

    Gear up for a thrilling 6D motion ride experience at XD Theate.

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    Go cafe-hopping

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    Eat artisanal whole-wheat bread topped with free-range eggs, sun-dried organic cherry tomatoes and je ne sais quoi, pay, and repeat. -

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    Visit the library

    Every library here has a designated section for the Singapore Collection - local prose, poetry and nonfiction books.

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    Check out the local ghosts

    From pontianaks (Malay vampires) to shui gui (Chinese water demons), you just have to open all three eyes to meet the supernatural.

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    English is one of the country's four official languages, along with Chinese, Malay and Tamil, so you can communicate with most of the locals without having to contend with exotic scripts or modes of speaking.

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    Little India

    Source: trvl-media.com

    Spending time in Little India will give you an experience of India. People, food, temples, shops will make you forget you are in Singapore.

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    Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

    Source: www.valueadd.sg

    Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a Hindu temple located in the middle of Little India in the southern part of Singapore.

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    Chew on some frogs

    Source: iwandered.net

    Eating frogs is not so much an unusual thing to do for locals as it is for foreigners visiting or living in Singapore. With several stalls that abound selling nothing but frog porridge (most of them in Geylang), this is perhaps the most accessible “exotic dish” that one can try in Singapore.

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    With a population spanning Chinese, Malay, Indian, Caucasian and others, the religions of Singapore include Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. That adds up to a lot of cultural and religious festivals and public holidays.

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    Scout for personal treasures at the flea markets

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    Tiong Bahru

    Built in the 1930s, Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest residential estates in Singapore. The Singaporean hoods are like nothing you have ever scene.

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    Something for every Budget

    There is something for everyone and every budget when it comes to having a good time in Singapore.

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    The Awesomeness of Mustafa

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    A River in the Middle of the City

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    Try Ethnic Costumes

    Source: ce.ite.edu.sg
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    TCM for all your aches and pains

    Source: blog.nus.edu.sg

    Traditional Chinese Medicine balances your ‘heatiness’ and ‘coolness’ to solve all your problems. - See more at: http://www.thesmartlocal.com/read/weird-singapore-things#sthash.32XJ0xsR.dpuf

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    Kranji, in Singapore’s northwest

    Source: www.nss.org.sg

    See how if feels to be a farmer in this remote and most rural part of the island. There are many farms growing anything from vegetable and farm produce to ornamental flowers.

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    Island Escapade

    There are actually 63 islands that make up the island archipelago of Singapore, many of them relatively undeveloped.

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    S.E.A. Aquarium

    Claiming the title for world’s largest aquarium, SEA Aquarium is a spectacular marine feast for the senses.

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    Vast Botanic Gardens

    Source: wikimedia.org
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    Cheap Electronics - Grab a hard drive

    For your electronics fix, Funan Malland Sim Lim Square are home to countless electronics shops.

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    Kayak through a mangrove forest in the Singapore mainland

    Source: iwandered.net
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    S$6 Movie Tickets

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    Most Places in Singapore are Smoke Free

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    Visit Changi Museum

    The Changi Museum features a chapel in the middle of the museum, a space to remember the atrocities and honour the heroes.

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    Art on Letter Boxes

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    Technology and Infrastructure

    Singapore is on the cutting edge of technology, implementing new technology and ideas with ease due to their intelligently designed infrastructure. Nowhere else in the world even comes close.

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    Divine Drinking

    Singapore is famed for its cocktails. Drown yourself in the cocktail scene here with the exclusive cocktail tours.

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    Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

    A 400-acre reserve of primary rainforest, is about 12 kilometers from the heart of the city, but feels worlds away.

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    Take a selfie with Singapore’s most famous tree

    The majestic Tembusu tree that’s featured on Singapore’s $5 note is an actual tree that’s alive and well at the Botanic Gardens.

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    Street food won’t make you sick

    Source: guim.co.uk

    The government has spent millions upgrading the “hawker centres,” where all kinds of street food is sold.

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    National Gallery Singapore

    Source: asemus.museum
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    It’s remarkably green

    Source: inhabitat.com

    There’s a strict cap on the number of vehicles allowed on the island, and there are fees for driving in downtown zones.

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    Your own Hollywood love scene - Singapore has the highest rate of Lightning activity in the World

    Sitting so close to the equator, Singapore gets heroic tropical downpours, photogenic blasts often accompanied by the boom of thunderstorms. Being caught in one is pretty amazing.

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    Colonial architecture

    No place has preserved colonial architectural splendor like Singapore.

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    Haw Par Villa

    The 1,000-plus statue theme park built in 1937 depicts a walk through the 18 levels of hell according to Chinese folklore.

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    A Museum dedicated to public housing

    A museum dedicated to the HDB (Housing Development Board)

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