Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centres on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as city hall,with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singaporean circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house of Buddha’s teeth.
Singapore has emerged as one of the world’s most prosperous countries. It’s a financial centre, a great achievement in urban planning, and serves as a model for most developing nations. Singapore is also one of the most popular travel destinations!
Here are 10 interesting facts about Singapore;
1. Singapore has its national tree planting day on 7th November every year. Everyone from the prime minister to foreign diplomats to ordinary citizens’ plant trees on this day. Singaporeans even adopt and name trees for their children as birthday gifts or wedding presents.
2. We all know Usain Bolt to be the fastest sprinter in the world, but Singaporeans are collectively the fastest pedestrians on the planet.
3. Every male child must handle the big guns once they clock 18. Singapore has compulsory military conscription of 1-2 years.
4. Elevators in Singapore have urine detection device, and if it detects the smell of kidney filtered water, it locks the doors until the police arrive. Singapore has passed a specific law that prohibits urinating in the elevators.
5. Singapore’s national anthem is in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note.
6. Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world,with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometres. The united states is about 14,000 times bigger.
7. Buildings in Singapore cannot be higher than 280metres. Currently, there are three buildings of that height– OUB Centre, UOB Plaza and Republic plaza.
8. Singapore has more than 3,000 kilometres of roads Stretched out end to end, they would cover the distance from Singapore to Hong Kong.
9. The Guinness Book record for the longest human domino chain was set in Singapore on the 30th of September 2000. It was formed by 9,234 students and measured 4.2km.
10. Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve holds more species of trees than the entire North American Continent.