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Nearby images in Singapore


A: Singapore marina esplanade at night

by Matthew Field, 110 meters away

Singapore marina esplanade at night

B: Chinese New Year on the floating stadium

by Willy Kaemena, 130 meters away

Wikipedia: " The Float at Marina Bay, stylised as The Float@Marina Bay and also known as the Marina B...

Chinese New Year on the floating stadium

C: Giantdandelionsatmarinabay Lr

by, 150 meters away

Giantdandelionsatmarinabay Lr

D: Singapore Waiting For The Fireworks

by Christopher O'Grady, 160 meters away

We arrived at this spot at about 5pm to wait for the fireworks at midnight. Good thing we did! It was...

Singapore Waiting For The Fireworks

E: Esplanademarinabay Lr

by, 230 meters away

Esplanademarinabay Lr

F: The Helix Bridge

by Johnny Koh, 230 meters away

This was taken during iLight Marina Bay. The VR showed the Gate of the Light.

The Helix Bridge

G: Sailorjerryatesplanade Lr

by, 230 meters away

Sailorjerryatesplanade Lr

H: The Helix Bridge

by Lim Zhi Min, 230 meters away

The Helix Bridge, previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina ...

The Helix Bridge

I: Esplanade Rooftop 360

by Jonathan Danker, 240 meters away

360 panorama from the rooftop of Esplanade mall.

Esplanade Rooftop 360

J: Esplanade exterior 360

by Jonathan Danker, 240 meters away

Trying out the ability to shoot 360 panoramas in crowded areas.

Esplanade exterior 360

This panorama was taken in Singapore

This is an overview of Singapore

Singapore began as a boat quay at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its early days bear few written accounts which are made more difficult to interpret due to the many names it has had. Its original name in Malay meant "island at the end" of the peninsula.

In the middle ages there was a settlement here with a trading post and fishing village; today Singapore technically contains sixty-three small islands. Here's a good view of the city from Merlion Park and up close at Raffles Place.

From the fifteenth century onwards Singapore's warring neighbors took turns taking over control of the city. Over the past five centuries this port city has been the property of Siam, the Majapahit Empire of Java, Thailand, Portugal, Britain, Japan and Malaysia. Singapore finally achieved its independence in 1959 and has existed as the Republic of Singapore, a UN member nation.

Singapore is really interesting because it's one of only five sovereign city-states which survived the colonial expansion period of world history. (The others are Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra.) Its history as a busy port city has brought traders from all over the world, and their influence is commemorated in some interesting works of art. For example, see the British tea merchants along the Singapore river, and the Asian Civilizations Museum.

In the nineteenth century Singapore was a major port for ships traveling between Europe and East Asia. During WWII the Battle of Singapore ended with the largest British surrender in history -- nearly 130,000 troops.

Next time you have the chance to pass through Singapore, make sure to visit the zoo and see the white tigers, and be glad there's a fence in between. Also note how clean the city is, even under a bridge.

Text by Steve Smith.

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