East and west, old and new coexist harmoniously in the highly-urbanized Southeast Asian city-state, Singapore. Singapore is home to various nationalities not only from around Asia but even from other far-flung countries all over the globe - a true cultural melting pot, with four different major languages and five official religions.
Singapore has long been one of the most popular vacation spots in Asia. Many people throw jokes about it being a “fine” city due to the various fines imposed for breaking certain rules – from the more common no littering and no jaywalking to the more unusual ones like no chewing gum and no mooching off wifi from your neighbor – but it’s actually thanks to these that the metropolis is one of the cleanest and most disciplined. Their public transportation is highly efficient, too.
There are a lot of places to visit in Singapore, although the usual tourist draws include the famous white Merlion statue at the Merlion Park (did you know that there are actually five Merlion statues around Singapore recognized by its government?), the Singapore Flyer, Sentosa Island (the Universal Studios Singapore can be found here), the Botanic Gardens, the Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City, Chinatown (where the Lomography Gallery Store Singapore is located!), the Esplanade, Orchard Road, Little India, Clarke Quay, Marina Bay Sands, and the relatively newly Gardens by the Bay.
Although there are many foreign food joints there, one of course must simply not miss out on Singaporean cuisine! For a more authentic (and cheaper, might we add) experience, you can opt to dine at the world-famous, ubiquitous hawker stalls. Meanwhile, for travelers wanting to get a feel of old, quaint Singapore, you can head on to the small island of Pulau Ubin.
And that, dear travelers, is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For a small country, Singapore does have a lot to offer to everyone! For a more in-depth look, be sure to click the links within this article, as well as these select submissions penned by our community members:
A series inspired by our Community’s intrepid travelers, Explore puts the spotlight on some of the must-visit places around the world through beautiful and wanderlust-inducing lomographs.