The brightly lit island, the picture-perfect skyline, the bustling city center – all these describe the city of Singapore just so perfectly. This island nation may be tiny, but it boasts of so many facts and wonders that you may not know.
Read on to find ten curious facts you probably do not know about the ‘Lion City’ – Singapore.
- Singapore is home to 63 islands
Singapore is not just a city of one island, but a total of 63 islands. In fact, some of the small islands are not inhabited and remain completely untouched.
- Singapore is a garden city
In spite of the tall skyscrapers and the megamalls, Singapore is one of the world’s greenest cities. Due to challenges related to the rising sea level, changing climate, and rapid urbanization, the city is constantly finding innovative ways to come up with environment-friendly ideas.
- The national anthem of Singapore is imprinted on the $1000 note
When you exchange your local currency for Singapore Dollars, do check out the $1000 note! The lyrics of the national anthem of Singapore are micro-printed on the back of the $1000 note.
- You have to win the right to own a car
On the first and third Mondays of every month, an auction is held by the Singapore Government. If you win the Certificate of Entitlement in the auction, get the right to own a car for 10 years.
- Singapore houses the world’s first wildlife night park
A visit to Night Safari is included in most Singapore packages. The Night Safari offers walking trails, which includes the Leopard Trail, Fishing Cat Trail, East Lodge Trail, and the Wallaby Trail. You may also hop on a tram ride to witness the zoo’s main attractions.
- Singapore does not have a capital
Singapore is one of the three city-states in the world. While some may claim the capital of Singapore is Singapore itself, the city-state does not really have a capital.
- The flying fox is found here!
One of the best places to visit in Singapore is Pulau Ubin. It is on this island that you may spot the flying fox – the world’s largest bat with a wingspan of around 1.5 meters.
- It is illegal to import and sell chewing gum
Singapore has strict laws against litter and not many know that it is illegal to import or sell chewing gum in Singapore.
- The height limit for buildings is 280 meters
In Singapore, there is a 280 meters height restriction on buildings due to air traffic control restrictions. However, in 2016 the Tanjong Pagar Center was built at a height of up to 290 meters after obtaining the necessary permission, and hence is Singapore’s tallest building.
- The world’s largest fountain is found in Singapore
One of the best things to do in Singapore is to witness the relaxing fountains. The largest fountain in the world, the Fountain of Wealth, is located at the Suntec City in Singapore.
Singapore is packed with loads of interesting facts. Now that you are aware of the amazing facts about the Lion City, look for Singapore tourism packages, pack your bags and visit this beautiful island.