Singapore is the gateway to Southeast Asia, an island nation that perches on the borders of the two cultures it entwines. Singapore's relentless trajectory is sure to capture the imagination on even the briefest of visits. In less than half a century, the once seedy, worn-out port has been transformed into a trading powerhouse and economic heavyweight.
Singapore: The Gateway to Southeast Asia
Singapore is one of the few remaining sovereign city-states and an island country that lies just off the southern tip of the Malay peninsula. Modern Singapore, initially founded in 1819 as a trading post of the East India Company, declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1963, joining other former British territories to create Malaysia. This was short lived and within two years’ Singapore was independent, rapidly developing, and earning recognition as one of the Four Asian Dragons. The ethnic mix in Singapore - China, India and Malaysia all feel present, while the skyscrapers remind you of the Western influence on commerce - give the island country a rich multicultural tapestry. Delve beneath the city's increasingly futuristic, spotless exterior to discover the old Singapura, still rich in vestiges from its colonial past.