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Laser Laboratory, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Singapore

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A: Sunset over the National University of Singapore

di Daniel Oi, 40 metri di distanza

Sunset over the National University of Singapore

B: Car park at dusk

di Chit Htwe, 2.7 km di distanza

Car park at dusk

C: Tropical Parks - Alan L

di Alan L, 3.8 km di distanza

Tropical Parks - Alan L

D: Bukit Timah

di Avetics, 4.1 km di distanza

Bukit Timah

E: Singapore - Botanical Garden

di Alan L, 4.3 km di distanza

Singapore - Botanical Garden

F: Singapore Botanic Gardens

di Michael James Fabian, 4.3 km di distanza

This is part of the 74-hecatre Singapore Botanic Gardens. The structure shown here is the Band Stand/...

Singapore Botanic Gardens

G: Singapore-Garden

di Alan L, 4.3 km di distanza

Singapore-Garden

H: Top of Henderson Wave Bridge

di Lim Zhi Min, 4.6 km di distanza

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

Top of Henderson Wave Bridge

I: Singapore Look out

di John Nayler, 4.9 km di distanza

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

Singapore Look out

J: Singapore look out over Sentosa Island

di John Nayler, 5.2 km di distanza

Nice restaurant overlooking Sentosa Island

Singapore look out over Sentosa Island

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Singapore

Questa è una vista generale di 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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