According to ethnicityology, the center of Singapore consists of two parts, one is represented by banks, offices of large companies, etc., and the other consists of buildings of the colonial period and is more considered an administrative center. The main attractions of this part of Singapore is the Victorian-style Impress Place Building, built in 1865, which currently houses a museum, galleries and one of the best restaurants. Not far from here is the Concert Hall and the Victoria Theatre. It is also worth taking a walk along Orkid Road, a well-known street of skyscrapers in the country, on which, in addition to skyscrapers, there are several palaces and the Chettiar Hindu temple. This area has a huge number of the best hotels, entertainment venues, bars, shops and much more, which makes this place a favorite for the local elite. In the western part of the district is the Singapore Botanic Garden founded in 1859. In this place, the same plants and forests that once occupied most of the island have been preserved to this day. Flower lovers will be able to enjoy a beautiful rose garden and numerous achievements of landscape gardening art. The main asset of the local Botanical Garden is the Orchid National Park (“Mandai”), on the territory of which more than 60,000 orchids grow, and some craftsmen make real jewels from these plants, covering the living plant with gold. The old part of Singapore, or rather its cultural heart, is Chinatown, which is famous for its ancient architecture and a large number of noisy markets, getting into which you can plunge into the atmosphere of those times when street vendors were noisy here. In the 20th century, most of the ethnic quarter was destroyed, but today there is an intensive restoration. The most interesting places here are the Tian Keng Temple, Nagora Durga Shrin and the most beautiful mosque in the city – Al Abrar. You can buy souvenirs and just look at interesting things by walking around the Tanjong Pagar quarter, which is famous for its many old shops and stalls. The real industrial center of Singapore is the Jurong area, where one of the largest oil refining centers and a modern seaport are located. To the general surprise of tourists who visit this place, despite the developed industry here, the area is very clean and its potential for the country is reminded only by the eternally bustling port. There was also a place for attractions, the most famous of which are: Villa Au-Per with its Chinese park and the bird park, which is the largest in Southeast Asia, where the variety of birds simply boggles the imagination of its visitors. In addition, the city is full of various museums. A good place to relax can be a small island of Sentosa, lying to the south of the main island. Today it is a recreation and entertainment center recognized throughout Singapore and most of Asia. Although the area of the island is small, only 3 sq. km, but there are quite a lot of interesting places on its territory: the Vulkanoland amusement park, famous musical fountains, the ultramodern Cinemamania virtual reality cinema, an aquarium with a transparent underwater tunnel 100 meters long and much more. If you are tired of city noise and want to retire, then the best solution would be to go to Ubin Island, located in the northeast. On this island, not far from the quiet fishing villages, there are several beautiful temples. There are also many small menu restaurants, which are mostly seafood.
National Cuisine of Singapore
Singapore cuisine as such does not exist, most of the national dishes were based on the combination of the culinary traditions of many countries, mainly Chinese, Japanese, Indian, European and Malaysian cuisines. Almost all dishes that can be found in local bars and restaurants were borrowed from recipes in other countries.
Singapore’s transport system is one of the most developed and modern in the world. Local transport is represented by a monorail, buses, metro, trains and even a helicopter service. The capital’s public transport is represented by metro, buses, cable car and light rail. One of the city metro lines starts right at the airport. The approximate fare ranges from 0.7 to 2.35 dollars. On Sentosa Island, the main transport is the cable car. It is also worth noting that the Singapore metro is considered the best in the world. In addition, it holds the record for the length of lines. Comfortable air-conditioned trains connect all parts of the island, from the airport and the seaport to remote sleeping areas. For those traveling Singapore with three or four people, Taxi is the best way to get around. The price for all companies is approximately the same: landing will cost 2.85 Singapore dollars, and travel 0.60 per kilometer.