The vibrant island nation of Singapore is a unique place to study abroad. As a central hub for travel in Asia, people from all over the world have the chance to explore this incredible place. There is plenty to see and do for any visitor, but there are a few facts you perhaps never knew about this awesome city.
1. Due to the fact that Singapore is only 88 miles from the equator, it is typically hot year-round. The lowest recorded temperature was 66 degrees Fahrenheit in 1934.
2. Singapore is actually made up of 63 islands. You can explore many of them by taking the daily pubic ferry.
3. Jurong Fall is one of the tallest man-made waterfalls in the world (nearly 100 feet tall) and can be found inside the Jurong Bird Park.
4. Lonely Planet named Singapore the hottest travel destination in the world. They made the top of the list thanks to their emerging fashion and cafe scene, but also because Singapore celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year and will open a number of new attractions including the National Art Gallery.
5. The Singapore Botanic Gardens has one of the largest displays of orchids in the world. There are 600 species of orchids organized throughout the garden by color and tone.
6. Nearly 5.4 million people call Singapore home, and the city has 4 official languages, English Chinese, Malav and Tamil. About 74.2% of the resident population is Chinese, followed by Malay (13.2%) and Indian (9.2%).
7. Singapore is home to the world’s first night zoo, the Night Safari. This popular attraction currently welcomes more than 1.1 million visitors per year.
8. Monaco, the Vatican City and Singapore. These three places are the only city-states in the world.
9. People in Singapore are the fastest walkers in the world, according to the British Council. Singaporeans walk an average of 18 meters in 10.55 seconds.
10. The Merlion, a fish with a lion’s head, is an iconic symbol of Singapore. This mythical creature can be found in various forms around the city, including a 28 foot tall Merlion statue in Merlion Park.
Lauren Anderson is a graduate of Drake University. She studied abroad with TEAN in Wellington, New Zealand. Singapore, is TEAN’s newest study abroad location in the Asia Pacific. Students have the opportunity to spend a semester or summer with our partner Singapore Management University while exploring this exciting city.