by Alvin Lim on 29/11/08 at 3:33 am
A short trip to the island country of Singapore, spotlighting a few interesting places you must visit during your stay.
The Republic of Singapore, or better known as Singapore, is an island country located to the South of Peninsular Malaysia. It is the smallest nation in South East Asia. The tourism industry in Singapore is one of the largest industries for the country, with more than 9 million tourists in 2006 alone. In this article, we’ll take a short trip to some of the popular tourist attractions in this island nation.
The Merlion is considered to be the mascot of Singapore. It is said to be a mythical beast which is half lion and half fish. It symbolizes courage, resilience and strength of the citizens of Singapore. If you are interested to see this Merlion, there is a 8 meter high status standing at the mouth of the famous Singapore River.
Getting there : Walk along the riverfront from the Raffles Place MRT Station.
Singapore’s Chinatown has got to be one of the most popular places in the whole of Singapore. It started back in the 1820s when the first Chinese trader from Xiamen, China, set foot on the island. If you happen to travel to this area, you will notice that it has a lot of colours and there’s a unique atmosphere in the place. It is also a very prosperous commercial area. During the Chinese New Year celebration, expect to see a lot of traditional Chinese food and be amazed by the colourful decorations of Chinatown.
Getting there : Take a short walk from Outram Park or Chinatown MRT Stations
This is a very popular hangout place for those interested in Singapore’s city nightlife. In this area, you can find a lot of air-conditioned shop houses, push-carts selling mementos, bars, discos and restaurants. Besides there, you can also find a large variety of handicrafts and souvenirs here. A perfect place for shoppers and diners alike.