Singapore has been a favourite tourist destination for almost everyone. But has anyone ever wondered about the history and culture of this small but packed country in the South East? I was talking to my friend Bernard, who lives in Singapore and here he presents the 7 Interesting Facts about Singapore which you won’t find very easily on the internet!
- Banning of Long Hair
During the 1960s, the hippie sub-culture movement arose in the United States., and other countries were quick to pick up this movement. The hippie culture was frequently related to long hair and sometimes related to drug consumption. Then Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, had forbidden any male to keep long hair in the response to the growing widespread of the hippie culture movement. Famous artists and bands were forced to cancel their gigs in Singapore, included Bee Gees, Kitarō, and Led Zeppelin. The ban was lifted in the 1990s.
- Singapore and Brunei Dollar
The Singapore Dollar and the Brunei Dollar are accepted as customary tender in each other country, according to the Currency Interchangeability Agreement in 1967.
- Singapore – A land of Island
Singapore is made up of 63 Island, with most of the islands uninhabited and either used for the military or industrial purpose.
You might want to check out this guide to explore Singapore with all the places listed on Google Maps for your convenience.
- Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer is the tallest ferries wheel in Asia, and the 2nd tallest in the world, standing at 165m (541ft). It is about 2.6m behind the tallest ferries wheel that sits in Las Vegas, Nevada. On 28th July 2008, Singapore Flyer made a directional change, as geomancers pointed out that the flyer was “taking fortune away from Singapore” with the direction of its rotation. The bill for the reconfiguration was a whopping six-figure sum to turn in the opposite direction.
- S$1 Coin
During the 1997 Financial Crisis, it was rumoured that a Fengshui Master has told Singapore then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a strong believer of Fengshui, that Singapore was going down a path of bad luck and the only way to turn the luck around was that if everyone in the country carried a bagua (Octagonal Shape). This has continued through the 2nd and 3rd series of coins that has been issued since then.
- Singapore English
Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-religion country. Singapore has its own slang, Singlish. Singlish is a mixture of Malay and Chinese words. In 2016, 19 Singlish words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Singapore Cheap Food
Singapore has more than 107 hawkers span across the tiny island. Food ranging from Chicken rice, satay, Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Wantan Noodles, Dim Sum, Mee Rebus, Mee Soto, Nasi Lemak, Roti Prata, Nasi Briyani and more.
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