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A: Marina Bay Singapore

by Tina Gauer & Oli Burle - www.360tourist.net, 30 meters away

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B: Marina Bay Louis Vuitton Island - Singapore

by Willy Kaemena, 30 meters away

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C: Marina Bay Sands Hotel Promenade

by Michael James Fabian, 40 meters away

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel Promenade

D: Mbslouisvuitton Lr

by Travel-Sphere.com, 60 meters away

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E: Marina Sands Palm Trees

by Willy Kaemena, 60 meters away

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Marina Sands Palm Trees

F: Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands

by Willy Kaemena, 70 meters away

Wikipedia: "ArtScience Museum (Chinese: 艺术科学博物馆) is one of the attractions at Marina Bay Sands, an in...

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G: Marinabaysandslasershow Lr 2

by Travel-Sphere.com, 70 meters away

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H: Marina Sands and ArtScience Museum

by Willy Kaemena, 70 meters away

 Wikipedia: "Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by ...

Marina Sands and ArtScience Museum

I: SINGAPORE - The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands

by Julien Mordret, 70 meters away

The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands is part of the Marina Bay Sands complex, featuring the Marina bay San...

SINGAPORE - The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands

J: Singapore ArtScience Museum

by Michael James Fabian, 100 meters away

This flower-like structure is the Singapore ArtScience Museum which is part of the new Marina Bay San...

Singapore ArtScience Museum

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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