16 Facts You Didn’t Know About Singapore

Singapore is a fascinating island city, to say the least. Known for its high safety and lifestyle standards, amazing cuisine (chilli crab, anyone?), late night shopping, happening nightlife, and overall fun vibe, Singapore is THE place to be! Don’t believe us? Check out these fun facts.

  1. Singapore is actually made up of 63 islands, although most are either uninhabited or used for industrial or military purposes.
  2. There are three surviving city-states in the world today, of which Singapore is one. The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City.
  3. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore has more species of trees than the whole of North America.
  4. Can’t sleep? Head to the world’s first nocturnal zoo called “The Night Safari” in Singapore for a unique wildlife adventure.
  5. Grab a couple of drinks at 1-Altitude bar on the top floor of One Raffles Place. It is the highest rooftop bar in the world at 282 metres. Now that’s what we call a heavenly experience!
  6. For $2, you can try the world’s most affordable Michelin-star meal at Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle hawker stall in Singapore. Yum!
  7. Singapore’s Changi Airport is truly extraordinary and has won the “World’s Best Airport” award five consecutive times since 2013 and the “Best Airport in Asia” award for 28 consecutive years since 1987!
  8. Let’s break down the national flag of Singapore: the red symbolizes universal brotherhood and equality, the white symbolizes purity, the crescent moon stands for a young rising nation and the five stars stand for peace, progress, democracy, justice, and equality.
  9. If you’re feeling extra affectionate, give the “Hug-Me” Coca-Cola machine at the National University of Singapore a big hug and get a bottle of Coke in return. Aww!
  10. The National Stadium in Singapore has a retractable roof that can keep both rain and sun out and it even doubles up as a projector screen. Wow!
  11. Singapore has changed its time zone six times since 1905. The last change was when they went from UTC + 07.30 to UTC + 8.00 in 1982. Make up your mind Singapore.
  12. With a total area of only 682.7 square kilometres, Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world. The United States of America is about 15,000 times bigger than Singapore!
  13. National Tree Planting Day in Singapore is on November 7th every year. Everyone from the Prime Minister to government officials to ordinary citizens plant trees on this day. What a beautiful tradition.
  14. Singaporeans are supposedly the fastest pedestrians in the world with a speed of 6.1km per hour. Try to keep up!
  15. If you ever get your hands on the $1000 note, turn it over to see the national anthem in micro-text at the back. Pretty cool huh?
  16. Singapore isn’t called the “fine city” for nothing. Forget to flush a public toilet and you could get fined up to $150. Feed pigeons and you could get slapped with a fine of $500. Walk naked in your own home with open curtains and you could get a fine of $2000 or imprisonment for 3 months or both!

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