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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on September 28, 2020 Share on

All about Singapore and its colourful culture

Singapore, a beautiful city-state island in Southeast Asia, is a melting pot of culture, fascinating history, and rich cuisine. Over the years, the city-state has seen drastic changes in its infrastructure and skyline, but it has retained its cultural reverence. The island has an inherent cultural diversity and has heavy influences from various ethnicities like Chineses, Indian, Malay, and even European. These influences reflect Singapore’s extravagant cuisine, arts, customs, and general way of life. Travelling to Singapore and drenching in the city-state’s vibrant culture definitely has a part in everyone’s bucket list. So, if you are planning a trip to Singapore, read on to find out about Singapore, its culture, etiquette, and general way of life!

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Singapore city view
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Different languages of Singapore

A part of the island’s rich cultural heritage is its very own language, Singlish. Its origin goes back to the British Colonial era, where Singapore’s Creole race also originated. As a matter of fact, the British colonialism led to the rich cultural melting pot that Singapore is. The Singlish language is fascinating and has derived its vocabulary from various languages all over the world, like Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, and Tamil. It gained popularity over the years, especially after musicians started including the language in their works. As a tourist, you wouldn’t have to worry, as Singapore is multilingual and almost everyone speaks English here.

Food and Drinks of Singapore

Another interesting thing about Singapore is its rich, extravagant cuisine. Rightly called the Food Haven, the island is the perfect place to treat your taste buds. It is the right place for food lovers as it has unique delicacies. Several people from different ethnicities have come together and created interesting fusions and food varieties, making the country a food haven. The island is famous for its seafood varieties and local cuisine, like Chicken rice, Satay, Nasi lemak, and Kaya toast. Oh, and how could we forget the famous Durian fruit?!  Though it doesn’t have an appealing smell, don’t hesitate to give it a try for its taste!

Hawker Centres in Singapore

Want to get your hands on local food? Don’t have a clue where to begin? Make your way to a Hawker centre! Now, if you are wondering what a hawker centre is, they are just open-air food courts that house a variety of stalls selling both local cuisine and other popular food. Singapore has several such hawker centres, the most popular one being the Old Airport Road Food Center. It is a perfect cross between a bar and a community centre, and you can find delicious food at an affordable price!

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About Singapore’s Nightlife

Singapore Nightlife
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The city has a buzzing nightlife with clubs, hawker centres, and even shopping complexes open even past midnight! So, this is a perfect place for party lovers and night owls. The country is breathtakingly beautiful during the night, with its skyline lit in colourful lights.  The city is also extremely safe during the night with its strict laws.

Cleanliness in Singapore

One of the things about Singapore which amaze tourists is its cleanliness. For a populous city like Singapore that also has an increasing tourist footfall, its degree of cleanliness is unbelievable! Though the city-state has strict laws and heavy penalties, the cleanliness is possible mainly due to the citizens themselves. They have high etiquette and a sense of responsibility to maintain the cleanliness of their city. The same is expected from the tourists too, otherwise, be prepared to pay hefty penalties or do community service.

Fines that are to be paid in Singapore if any law is broken

Here is a bit of valuable advice for tourists – always be careful of what you do and where you do it. For example, you can’t chew gum or smoke in certain places. You cannot litter in public places, eat or drink in trains, run a red light, or use mobile phones while driving.  Doing any such things can get you into serious trouble and attract hefty fines. While travelling, there are several things you don’t know about this wonderful destination.

How to shop in Singapore?

Shopping in Singapore
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Singapore is a dream come true for shopaholics! You can get yourself some great deals here, especially during the annual Great Singapore Sale. It has something for everyone – be it shopping malls with luxurious stores or street hawkers selling stuff for bargains. Make sure to visit Orchard road, the city’s main shopping street.

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Queuing in Singapore

As you would have known by now, Singaporeans are people of high etiquette. Get ready to stand in long queues during your visit to Singapore for everything – from getting a newly-launched iPhone to getting on an escalator. The queuing culture in Singapore is quite an irony – it is like finding order in chaos!

The City of Gardens

The City of Gardens, Gardens by the Bay
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People usually assume the city as a concrete jungle, but it’s not. The city has lush greenery everywhere you turn, and you can see the city’s effort in preserving its natural beauty. You can find cute little gardens all around Singapore. This greenery has helped it manage its temperature and maintain an unpolluted environment.

Education in Singapore

Citizens regard education with high reverence and value it so much that they send their children to supplementary classes starting from an early age. The country is one of the most expensive places in the world and has an extremely competitive environment. So, education plays a major role in the city.

Housing Development Board

Housing board development takes care of building a suburban environment in Singapore, where its dwellers can interact among themselves. It encourages the build of multi-cultural relationships and a sense of oneness among the citizens, which in turn establishes a strong sense of Singaporean identity. During your visit, you will find colourful, towering buildings, dotting the landscape. These are the works of the Housing development Board to create a better living environment for its citizens.

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