Singapore is one of the main financial districts in Asia, the whole city is a big business center with several areas built in order to host the workers during the night. That is all.

Coming from years spent in Thailand I was astonished when I saw the organization, the cleanness, the technology, all the glittering.

After the first nice impression I was setting my backpack in a small hotel room quite clean but certainly ”asian sized”.

Singapore, Orchard road.Singapore, Orchard road. Singapore, Orchard road.
Singapore, Orchard road.Singapore, Orchard road, sculpture by Dali. Singapore, Orchard road, sculpture by Dali.
Singapore, Chinatown.Singapore, indu temple near Chinatown.Singapore, indu temple near Chinatown.
Singapore, Chinatown.Singapore, Orchard road.Singapore, Chinatown.
Singapore, Chinatown.Singapore, Chinatown.

A city-state, Singapore is the world’s fourth leading financial center and a cosmopolitan world city, playing a key role in international trade and finance.

Singapore has a diverse population of close to 5 million people made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians, and Asians. It has the sixth-highest percentage of foreigners in the world.

Even before independence in 1965, Singapore was one of the richest states in East Asia. Singapore ranks as having the best quality of life in Asia and currently the fastest growing economy in the world.Many residing in Singapore find leisure time to plan a trip to spend in known cities such as Hong Kong.

Many residing in Singapore find leisure time to plan a trip to spend in known cities such as Hong Kong.

The first records of settlement in Singapore are from the 2nd century, the island was an outpost of the Sumatran Srivijaya empire and originally had the Javanese name Temasek. In 1613, Portuguese raiders burnt down the settlement at the mouth of Singapore River and the island sank into obscurity for the next two centuries.

On 29 January 1819, Thomas Stamford Raffles landed on the main island in Singapore. Spotting its potential as a strategic trading post for Southeast Asia, Raffles signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein Shah on behalf of the British East India to develop the southern part of Singapore as a British trading post and settlement. Until 1824, Singapore was still a territory controlled by a Malay Sultan.

It officially became a British colony on 2 August 1824. During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded the island and the British were defeated in six days, and surrendered the supposedly impregnable fortress. The surrender was described by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as “the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history.

The massacre of ethnic Chinese after the fall of Singapore claimed between 5,000 and 25,000 lives. Following the war, the British government allowed Singapore to hold its first general election.

Elections were held on 30 May 1959 with the People’s Action Party winning a landslide victory. Singapore declared independence from Britain unilaterally in August 1963 and officially gained sovereignty on 9 August 1965.

Lee Kuan Yew became the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore.

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