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A: Sentosa Cable Car

by Willy Kaemena, 600 meters away

Wikipedia: "The Singapore Cable Car provides an aerial link from Mount Faber on the main island of Si...

Sentosa Cable Car

B: Singapore look out over Sentosa Island

by John Nayler, 650 meters away

Nice restaurant overlooking Sentosa Island

Singapore look out over Sentosa Island

C: Vivo City Singapore

by Chit Htwe, 790 meters away

At Vivo City, Singapore. Taken on 10th May 2014. Saturday afternoon. You can see part of port of Sing...

Vivo City Singapore

D: Singapore Look out

by John Nayler, 790 meters away

Contrsating condo and government housing, the tree lined look out at the southern outskirts of Singap...

Singapore Look out

E: Group 1 Dsc 0029 Nadir 3 7 Images

by Chit Htwe, 880 meters away

Group 1 Dsc 0029 Nadir 3 7 Images

F: Group 0 Dsc 0020 Nadir 1 7 Images

by Chit Htwe, 890 meters away

Group 0 Dsc 0020 Nadir 1 7 Images

G: Top of Henderson Wave Bridge

by Lim Zhi Min, 900 meters away

Enjoy the great outdoor experience the Southern Ridges has to offer! The Southern Ridges comprises 10...

Top of Henderson Wave Bridge

I: Sentosa Boardwalk, Singapore

by Daniel Oi, 1.2 km away

Sentosa Boardwalk, Singapore

J: Sentosa Boardwalk Stairs, Singapore

by Daniel Oi, 1.2 km away

Sentosa Boardwalk Stairs, Singapore

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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