Singapore interesting facts
Singapore is an amazing place, so different to all the other South East Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar or Philippines. It is actually more similar to American cities like New York. In this post we are giving you Singapore interesting facts.
We were surprised how many of them we found! But just think about it… the land built on the ground with no natural resources, on a tiny land with nothing but great ideas must be different from everything else.
Singapore is unique on a global scale! In this post you will find out why…
Singapore interesting facts #1
You can’t chew gum in Singapore
Yeah, this Singaporean law is one of the funniest we have ever heard of. Chewing gum (except from dental and nicotine gums) is officially forbidden in Singapore.
You won’t find a chewing gum in any store. Only doctor can prescribe it to you! Why Singapore have such a weird law? It is all about the cleanliness. The government’s main goal is to keep the country neat and we all know how many people throw the chewing gum on the street, without thinking how disgusting it is.
Singapore interesting facts #2
Singapore is the only island city-state in the world
There are other city-states in the world, like for example Vatican, but Singapore is the only one situated on the island (and 62 small islets).
What’s interesting, Singapore is a really small country but it’s not the smallest on Earth.
Singapore interesting facts #3
The most famous hotel in South East Asia in situated in Singapore
If you have ever been in South East Asia, or at least read something about this area of the world, you must have heard of Marina Bay Sands. This is the most famous hotel not only in Singapore but also in the whole ASEAN.
What’s special about this place? First of all- the architecture. Marina consists of the three buildings and a huge boat-shaped roof on the top of them. Secondly- an infinity pool that is situated on the rooftop and it is considered as one of the best in the world. Last but not least- events. A lot is going on in this hotel! The grand final of Asia Got Talent show is just an example.
You can read the detailed review of Marina Bay Sands and other hotels in Singapore here.
Singapore interesting facts #4
Singapore was a Malaysian city in the past
Some people still don’t realise that Singapore is not only a city but also a country. When talking with other people, we often hear that they thought Singapore is just another Malaysian city like Kuala Lumpur.
It is not but these countries are connected to each other. Some Malaysian people go to Singapore to work and earn money. And Singaporean people visit Malaysia very often during their free time (like weekends).
Singapore interesting facts #5
Singapore is a new country
When we were in Singapore last year (in 2015), Singapore celebrated 50 anniversary of its existence. It become independent from Malaysia in 1965.
It is worth to mention that though the years, Singapore was also dependent on Japan and Great Britain.
Singapore interesting facts #6
It’s forbidden to built high buildings in Singapore
Although there are 64 skyscrapers right now in Singapore, it is forbidden to build buildings higher than 280 metres (919 ft). Why? Because it is a small country and the military base called Paya Lebar Air Base is situated really close to the central business district.
High buildings could be a big trouble for the planes, that’s why the law regulates their height.
Singapore interesting facts #7
Lion is the symbol of Singapore
Singha means lion in the Malay language, that’s why Singapore is also called The Lion City. The lion head is also a symbol of Singapore. it’s funny because actually no lion have ever lived in that area.
For the government of Singapore it doesn’t really matter. They say that lion represents the strength, excellence and courage, that’s why it a symbol of their country.
Singapore interesting facts #8
A millionaire’s city
It is almost unbelievable but one of every six Singaporean households have more than US$1.000.000 fortune! And we are talking about the disposable wealth, means that properties, businesses, cars etc. don’t count!
Singapore has the highest percentage of millionaires in the world. How awesome is that?
Singapore interesting facts #9
Singaporean people speak Singlish
Some people think the Singlish (also known as the Singaporean English) isn’t supposed to be spoken because it is not exquisite enough.
What is Singlish? It’s the a language spoken in some parts of the Singapore. It has words from many different languages, including English, Malay and Chinese.
Singapore interesting facts #10
There’s a lake in Singaporean shopping mall
That’s the one that was super interesting for us. Have you ever seen a lake and gondolas inside the shopping mall?
We did only once and it was in Singapore! More specifically, inside the Marina Square Shopping Mall.
We were really surprised when we saw it!