About Singapore

The City

Singapore City was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company, who recommended that different areas of the town be set aside for the various ethnic groups. There are still fascinating pockets where more traditionally exclusive enclaves exist, principally in Chinatown, Arab Street, Serangoon Road (focus of the Indian community) and Padang Square with very strong colonial associations. The best way to experience the remarkable diversity of the city is on foot: the traditional architecture, customs and cuisine of the various ethnic areas are in fascinating contrast to the lavish luxury shopping arcades of Orchard Road and Raffles City.

On Arrival

Arrival Info provides information you require immediately after landing in Singapore. Learn about customs and immigration check, travel on arrival, accommodation and more. There are many things that you need to do immediately after arrival and make your abroad experience exciting and memorable.

Attractions

Singapore has many world-class attractions and events for you to discover and experience.

The endless adventure starts at the award-winning Singapore Zoological Gardens and its interesting inhabitants.

The Night Safari is equally popular. The Night Safari is the world's first night wildlife park set in 40 hectares of dense secondary forest.

After the Night Safari, your next stop could be the Jurong BirdPark. For those that have not been to a bird park before, Jurong BirdPark is an attraction that cannot be missed.

Another popular attraction is Sentosa, Singapore's resort island Choose from learning about Singapore's World War II history at Fort Siloso or about Singapore's various cultures and festivals at the Images of Singapore museum complex, or getting a bird's eye view of the surrounding area from the top of the 37-metre high Merlion.

Take some time to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which contains a combination of untouched primary forest and speciality gardens displaying a wide variety of plants.

Language

The national language of Singapore is Malay, while English is the language of administration and commerce. Tamil and Chinese are also official languages. Mandarin is increasingly encouraged as the lingua franca for the Chinese in place of dialects like Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, Hainanese and Foochow.