Singapore is a city-state in southeast Asia that has recently become one of the world’s most wealthy cities. It is populated by 5 million Chinese, Indian, and Malay people. Most of the museums are located in the Bras Basah area. Popular attractions include the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and the Botanical Gardens. Singapore is a place where many religions coexist peacefully, including Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. Some of the more noteworthy religious sites worth visiting are the Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown, the Buddhist Temple in Balestier, and Masjid Sultan on Arab Street. Singapore’s arts scene centers on the Esplanade Theater, a world class center featuring all kinds of performing arts and serving as the home of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, the Singapore Arts Festival should not be missed.
Singapore has a surprisingly large number of golf courses and public pools for its size, and the spa industry has been booming in recent years. The Singapore Grand Prix is a national car racing event held every summer. The main shopping area is Orchard Road, as well as Bugis where the locals prefer to shop. The best time of year to shop in Singapore is in June and July when the Great Singapore Sale is going on, and retailers offer deep discounts on all their merchandise. The cuisine in this city is diverse: you could go to Chinatown for Chinese food, Little Indian for Indian food, Kampong Glam for Malaysian or Arabic food, or the East Coast for more international options and seafood. Local delicacies include chili crabs and laksa (noodles in coconut broth)