The republic of Singapore is one of the worlds smallest countries. Singapore or Singa Pura (Liontown) has around 3 millions citizens. There are mostly Chinese (78%), Malay (14%) and Indians (7%). Singapore has a clean and nice environment and the business district with its sky-scrapers give a picture of a modern society. The country is indeed not so old.
The English man Sir Stamford Raffles made a landing in 1819 and founded a couple of years later Singapore as a town and made Singapore as a free port. In less than 200 years they have succeeded to transform Singapore from a swampy ground to a modern industrial nation.
At Arab Street you can hear the prayers loudly from the Sultan Mosque. In the area that was previously aimed for the Muslim people you can find colorful clothes, leather and pleated baskets.
Other places of interest in Singapore are Chinatown and Little India with temples and images of Hindu gods.
The Sakya Muni-Temple (The temple of the thousand lights).
A 15 m high and 300 ton heavy sitting Buddha. It is surrounded by a halo of lights – which explains its name.
Sentosa is an Island just outside of Singapore. In the 70’s the Island was changed from a military base to a recreation area.
On the island there are some attractions like golf courses, beaches and lagoons, a music fountain, restaurants, water slides and so on.
The best way to Sentosa is by cable car.
Singapore’s symbol is a figure with a fish body and a lion head – Merlion, and that statue is located in the harbor.
At Sentosa there is also a Merlion but it is much bigger.
There is an elevator inside and you can go up and take a look at the view.