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Singapore has a lot to offer to its visitors, as the island country has the culture of almost all major ethnic groups in the world. Choosing this city to spend your holidays is among the best decisions that will definitely pay you back. It is an eventful place, a place where there is always something waiting for you to celebrate with. Throughout the year, It observes many a unique and interesting occasions and these are a must see for everyone coming to the country. It is full of tourist destinations, which include islands, beaches, zoos, gardens, bird sanctuaries, water parks, museums and shopping malls. Though every nook and corner of this nation reflects the modernity, it still in some respect has made the effort to retain the age-old charm of the city.


The name Singapore is derived from the word "Singapura" or "Lion City" as legend has it that a Sumatran prince sighted a beast that looked like a lion when he first set foot on the island in the 14th century. In the year 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles established a British trading station on this island. It gained its independence as a sovereign and democratic nation on 9 August 1965. It was admitted to both the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations in the same year. Every year, people here celebrates the 9th of August as its national day - the day when the whole island lights up in jubilation and patriotic fervor.


Like most of Southeast Asia, Singapore is generally hot and humid. Its warm and humid year round, with the temperature almost never dropping below 20°C (68°F), even at night, and usually climbing to 30°C (86°F) during the day. Recent times, it even reached till 35°C. Humidity is high, mounting over a 75% mark. November, December is the rainy season. June-August is considered to be the best time to visit, but even then it rains often. Don't let the climate stop you from going, however. Most buildings are air-conditioned (to the point that you may want to take a sweater), and pains have been taken to make everything as comfortable as can be, all things considered. When it does rain, it's generally only for a short period. For those who enjoy the sun and the beach, It is an ideal place for beach lovers, as you get the hot, hot sun throughout the year. So when you're here, just bring along your cooling apparels and hats.


The population is around 4,500,000, with 76.4% being of Chinese origin, 14.9% Malay, 6.4% Indian.


Singapore Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).


Official Language: English is the language of business and administration. Other languages spoken are Chinese, Malay and Tamil.


The local currency is Singapore dollars and cents. Notes come in denominations of SGD 2, SGD 5, SGD 10, SGD 20, SGD 50, SGD 100, SGD 500, SGD 1,000, and SGD 10,000. Other than the SGD, the US and Australian Dollars, Yen and British Pound are also accepted in most major shopping centres and big departmental stores.

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