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Lanang Lintang
Garden By The Bay East
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Willy Kaemena
Singapore Flyer
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Evgeny Efimov
Night view from the Singapore Flyer wheel, Singapore
Julien Mordret
SINGAPORE - Gardens by the Bay, Inside the Flower Dome : Bottle trees
Aram Pan
Gardens By The Bay - Singapore
Julien Mordret
SINGAPORE - Gardens By The Bay, Flower Dome
Evgeny Efimov
Near Singapore Flyer wheel, Singapore
Willy Kaemena
Rain Forest
Daniel Oi
Singapore Flyer
Willy Kaemena
Singapore Flyer
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Missile and Space Gallery
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Vertou Moulin Gautron V2
Fariborz Alagheband
Khajo Bridge
Pietrosu Peak, Rodna Mountains, Romania
Row houses of the Edo period
Julio Rosquete
Teide Tenerife 2009 12 12 Juliorosq
Jiri Vambera
Prunerov powerplant
Jedsada Puangsaichai
Wat Yannawa, Top of Boat Vihara, Bangkok
Stefan Geens
Cho Vuon Chuoi market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hall of Ambassadors, Alcazar of Sevilla
Vasily Kumaev & Andrew Mishin
Mashkobo. Rural life (2009)
Tibor Illes
M3 Archeopark - new palaeolithic house
Angkor Wat from the Outer Lake [Cambodia]
Mango View Point [Koh Tao, Thailand]
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North Khleang (Angkorian Ruin) [Cambodia]
Babaloo Bar on the Chalok Baan Kao Beach [Koh Tao, Thailand]
Angkor Wat. Main Approach to the Sanctuary [Cambodia]
Compound Wall of Wat Phrakaew (Emerald Buddha Temple) [Bangkok, Thailand]
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West Gopura of Banteay Kdei (Angkorian Temple) [Cambodia]
Elephants Terrace (Angkorian Ruin) [Cambodia]
Sunset over Preah Khan (Angkorian Temple) [Cambodia]
Banteay Kdei (Angkorian Temple) [Cambodia]
More About 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.