a colourful mix of cultures

Published: 25 July 2022, 13:00

Singapur – a colourful mix of cultures

Modern, green and multicultural: This is the metropolis, island and city state of Singapore. The foundations of modern Singapore were laid in the early 19th century where Malay fishermen once lived. In the 200 years that followed, the city developed into a cosmopolitan city, an important business location and a popular travel destination. 

Figures, data, facts

  • Time difference: +8 hours
  • Population: 5.6 million
  • Official languages: Malay, English, Tamil, North Chinese dialects
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar 

What makes Singapore so special as a travel destination? The city combines modern architecture, such as the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel, with an old town that is characterised by colonial-era buildings. These contrasts make a visit particularly rewarding. Singapore is also considered to be the most globalised country in the world. The resulting cultural diversity of the small island state is unique and is particularly evident in the multitude of religions practiced and languages spoken there, as well as its cuisine.

Singapore in 10 pictures

Chopsticks at the ready, get set, go!

Spicy soups, chicken rice and shrimp in tomato sauce: the multi-ethnic character of Singapore is also reflected in its food. Culinary influences range from Malay cuisine to Chinese, South Indian and Indonesian dishes. European and Arabic influences also complement Singapore's delicacies and result in the typical fusion cuisine for which the island nation is known and loved by travellers and foodies all over the world.

The cuisine of Singapore

Singapore from BER

Airline Scoot connects BER with Singapore three times a week. Scoot is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines based in Singapore.

Five travel tips for …

1.     Admire the unique modern architecture in Marina Bay

2.     Experience 101 hectares of modern garden art at Gardens by the Bay

3.     Walk and picnic in the botanical garden

4.     In the evening visit the illuminated Hindu temple Sri Mariamman

5.     Eat the traditional stuffed rice dumplings (bak chang) in the Joo Chiat district

1.     Watch wild animals on night safari

2.     Spend an afternoon on the beach at Sentosa Island

3.     Ride the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel and see the city from up above

4.     Experience art and science interactively in the ArtScience Museum

5.     Head out to Pulau Ubin and explore the island by kayak or bike

1.     Try the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre

2.     Feast your way through the various stalls of the historic Lau Pa Sat market hall

3.     Enjoy grilled meat skewers at Satay by the Bay

4.     Try different types of steamed dumplings (dim sum).

5.     Experience workshops and culinary tours at the annual Singapore Food Festival

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