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7 Amazing Things That You Didn’t Know About Singapore - Some fun facts to know

Singapore is a world of wonder. Here are some little-known facts about this remarkable island nation to keep in mind if you are planning on heading there anytime soon.


It's an archipelago

Singapore is a group of 63 islands, but the majority of these islands remain uninhabited. The government of Singapore uses them for a variety of purposes, from military to industrial uses. The most popular islands are entertainment resorts like Sentosa, known for its casinos and Universal Studios. The island Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa Wetland Nature Reserve are great for their cycling trails. The Southern Islands consist of St John's Island, Kusu Island, and Lazarus Island, famous for their spectacular, uncrowded beaches.


Getting bigger

Singapore is expanding! Land reclamations have extended the borders by 25% and many existing attractions like East Coast Park were built on reclaimed land. Beach Road used to open into an actual beach, although now it has receded inland. The temples along Telok Ayer Street in Chinatown were near the beach at one time as well!


The national language is Malay

Despite the working language being English, Singapore's national language is Malay. It was done to honour the indigenous Malay communities that lived in the land before the arrival of the British in 1819. Today only a small percentage of the population speaks the language, primarily among the Malay communities, which is 13%. However, Malay is an integrated feature in Singaporean English and many Malay words are used among the locals.


The highest outdoor bars in the world

For drinks with a fantastic view, from a height of 280 metres to be precise, head to Attitude Bar. Those who love hand-crafted beer can visit level 33 of the Financial Centre at Marina Bay, which is the highest urban brewery of its kind anywhere in the world. In Farrer Park, Singapore hotels such as the likes of PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Singapore can be a sound option to base your stay on.


Singapore noodles do not exist

Do not go looking for the famous Singapore noodles whilst in Singapore, as you will be disappointed. The popular dish of fried vermicelli with shrimp, char siew, vegetables, and curry powder is not a Singaporean product. It is most likely an invention of Hong Kong!


Recycled tap water

The water in Singapore undergoes an extensive filtration system. Wastewater is treated with microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet disinfection and combined with fresh water from the reservoirs. The water then undergoes the usual treatment processes as ordinary tap water to create NEWter. The purity level of NEWter is so high that it's one of the cleanest and safest drinking water options available.


Winter in Singapore

Singapore has a hot and humid climate with an average year-round temperature of 28-34 degrees Celsius. However, during December, fake snow is used to make the season merrier, plus there is Snow City, with sub-zero temperatures allowing people to play in the snow.

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