- On January 29, 2018
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History of Singapore
History of Singapore
Singapore is an island-state with the population of over 5.61 million, and it is situated at the southernmost slope of the Malay Peninsula. The state consists of a main island and 63 islets. Some of the most popular islets include St John’s Island, Kusu Island, Jurong Island, Pulau Hantu, Pulau Ubin. Pulau means island in Malay.
In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles founded Modern Singapore when it was little more than a swamp. However, it became a colony when the rightful Johorean heir agreed to sell the island to the British. In the 14th century, Singapore was a thriving vassal state of the Vijayan Empire and was widely known and recorded by many travelers as the Sea Town (Temasek).
The British colonial masters ruled Singapore for about 140 years till 1963, and they left a permanent legacy in form of the English Legal System. The English language is used in business, administration, and teaching in all levels of education in the country. Other official languages of the country include Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.
Also, the Singaporean constitution has Malay enshrined as its national language. This partly recognizes the indigenous status of the Malays. The country’s coat of arm illustrates a lion and a tiger, with the latter signifying the historical relationship between Singapore and Malaysia. Till date, most Malaysian Malays still view the country as a territory of the Malays. The most interest fact about Singapore is the development of the country’s economic blueprint by a Dutch economist named, late Dr. Albert Winsemius; helping Singapore attain success. He was appointed as the Chief Economic Advisor of Singapore from 1961 to 1984, and he passed away in 1996.
Singapore is celebrated and renowned worldwide as a wonderful tourist location and has been able to earn massive revenues through its booming tourism industry. These days, there have been cheaper airline fares such as discounted fares, apex fares to Singapore. You won’t ever regret getting a seat to the world’s most wonderful tourist location with amazing features such as the most mouthwatering seafood, impressive sea-beaches, and awe-inspiring bird-parks, wonderful walking and Cycling tours, and night safaris which is the reason for its amazing wildlife adventure. Today, Singapore happens to be the turbine in Southeast Asia, which embodies the finest of both the East and West. The country is rich in color and contrast and uses its sweet blend of cultures arts, architecture, and cuisines to capture the hearts of millions of tourists.