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  • Singapore – Amazing Place

    Singapore Cityscape ©William Cho

    Singapore Cityscape ©William Cho/flickr

    The Island state Singapore is a classic example of a multicultural life

    First encountering Singapore is one of a kind. The high and business skyscrapers at both sides of the river are all identical that can be seen in most big metropolises, but neither of them has the hygiene and cleanliness like Singapore.

    The most extreme southern point of Malacca peninsula, is known for its exceeding developed streets, parks and  piers. The houses and bridges are freshly painted , the promenades situated along the river are frequently watered and the rounds of flowers are apparently always raked minute after minute. Seemingly nothing can churn up in Singapore.

    Colorfoul houses©Luke Ma/flickr

    Colorfoul houses©Luke Ma/flickr

    The History of this island state which extends on a big island and also 54 smaller islands starts with a legend from the 8th century. According to the legend, a sea monster appeared on the soil of Singapore, a half fish and half lion. A Malaysian prince situated on the island was very impressed about the creature and named the nearby fishing village called Temasek( The place near the sea) to Singa Pura (The Lion city) .

    Today, the creature cannot be only seen on hallmarks or on woods, but also there is an 8 m statue situated at the Merlion Park

    The British Arrival

    Although situated on the Strait of Malacca between the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, for the next 1.000 years the little fishing port did not played an important role in history until the British arrival. It was discovered by the East India Company agent called Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1819. He established bases for a branch organization, and 5 years later bought the whole island from the sultan called Hussein Shah of Johor for a yearly amount of 5.000 golden coins. In this way Singapore had become a British colony.

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    From that moment on, an entire commercial fleet started to anchor on the port, bringing an extreme development for the city without precedent. Chinese, Indians, Malays immigrated to Singapore, where craftsmanship was very looked for. British commercial companies opened branches to branches, paying hard and much for establishing residences.

    After World War II, Singapore gained independence from the United Kingdom and in 1965 achieved a republican status. The whole political power was under the People’s Action Party, founded in 1954 by the laywer Lee Kuan Yew who was the prime minister until 1990. He brought strict policy of order and law yet also created at the same time the conditions for Singapore to become the second economical power of Southeast Asia.

    The Peaceful Companionship

    The mixed ethnicity conferred the city for becoming the most classic example of cultural juxtaposition and religious tolerance. At the same time, architectural influence from all around the world remained at every district of the city, each keeping its distinguished style.

    At the Chinese neighborhood can be seen numerous Chinese architectural styles like Temples, Pagodas, statues representing dragons, and the abundance of red and gold of the buildings which are typical for them. Chinese immigrants erected a big and beautiful Altar for Buddha and Siong Lim temple.

    The Indian neighborhood with its 3 floored magazines and one of them being an apartment at the same time, reflects highly a southern Indian city. It has a Hindu temple called Sri Mariaman painted with warm colors, with 5 gradual roofs and a decorated facade representing animals and deities.

    At the Arab district with typical local places with warm meal, the Muslims donated large amount of money to restored the impressive Mosque of the sultan, which reminds about the Moorish architecture.

    The locals of Singapore of Sinhalese origins are prideful for their Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, built in Thai style. In the center of the temple there is a Buddha statue, being 15 meters high and weighs about 249 ton. At night its illuminated with 1.000 of light bulbs.

    The main church for Christians is the British origin called St Andrews Anglican cathedral, built in the middle of the 19th century by Indian workers.

    At night, numerous people are attracted to the piers nearby like Boot and Clarke.

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