Singapore is the city-state and the island of the same name in Southeast Asia located 136 kilometres to the north of the equator. The territory of the country also includes 28 small islands that are not far away from the main island. The total area of the state is 646 square kilometres. The largest rivers are the Singapore and the Shango. The country’s capital is the city of Singapore. Also, the country has urban village called Jurong which is a powerful industrial centre. The total population according to the latest data is about five million people.
The country is inhabited mainly by Chinese, immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Malays and Europeans. Singapore is considered one of the most popular capitals of the world. The tropical climate, rich flora, friendliness and openness of the locals – all of this disposes to a great vacation and makes Singapore such an interesting and attractive for tourists from all over the world.
We can say that Singapore is a city of contrasts. Here, you can walk and be surprised every minute. Practically near there are a number of ultra-modern skyscrapers and quarters with small Chinese houses, entering which it seems that time has stopped. In Singapore, there are well-known neighbourhoods – Chinatown (Chinese), Little India (Indian) and Arab Street (Arabic). In Singapore, everyone will find something to see – hotels, the world’s largest banks, state-of- the-art entertainment centres, Buddhist temples, luxury supermarkets, busy streets and parks rich in the green.
If we literally translate the name of the city of Singapore from the Sanskrit this word sounds like ‘Lion City.’ Lion is considered to be the ancient mythical patron of Singapore. By the way, in the Padang area you can see a metal statue of a sea lion (Merlion) which reminds tourists and residents of the mythical animal.