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Nearby images in Singapore


A: SINGAPORE - Raffles Place, Momentum Sculpture

by Julien Mordret, 30 meters away

Bearing the name of the founder of Singapore, Raffles Place is the heart of the Central Business Dist...

SINGAPORE - Raffles Place, Momentum Sculpture

B: Rafflesplacemrt Lr

by, 100 meters away

Rafflesplacemrt Lr

C: The Fullarton Bay Hotel

by Tony Redhead, 130 meters away

The view from the balcony of my room at the Fullarton Bay Hotel, Singapore

The Fullarton Bay Hotel

D: Rafflesplace Lr

by, 170 meters away

Rafflesplace Lr

E: OUE Tower Singapore

by Lim Zhi Min, 170 meters away

Adjoining OUE Bayfront, OUE Tower has a net lettable area of 11,800 sq ft spread over two levels. It ...

OUE Tower Singapore

F: Custom House At Marina Bay Blvd

by Lim Zhi Min, 180 meters away

A stunning celebration of Singapore’s past, the classic lines of the Customs House is carefully prese...

Custom House At Marina Bay Blvd

G: In the Buildings at Raffles Place

by SEIMA, 200 meters away

In the Buildings at Raffles Place

H: Singapore Marina Bay Sands at Night 1

by Erik Bjers, 210 meters away

I had an overnight in Singapore and happened to be staying near Marina Bay Sands which is a very nice...

Singapore Marina Bay Sands at Night 1

I: The Fullerton Bay Hotel

by Lim Zhi Min, 220 meters away

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is the latest addition to the dazzling Marina Bay waterfront. Along...

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

J: Raffles Place at night

by Willy Kaemena, 230 meters away

Singapore CBD, Raffles Place shortly after sunset.

Raffles Place at night

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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