13 Amazing and Weird Things About Singapore
We don’t realise some of the unconventional facts of this island. And while some of them are passed on from generations of word-to-word communication, the others have been staring straight at us.
How many of these weird facts did you know about Singapore?
1. Anthem Assortment
Singapore’s national anthem, ‘Majulah Singapura’ is in Malay, even though the official working language of the country is English!
2. Nocturnal Zoo
Introducing the world to the first night zoo, the Night Safari is one of the many prides of Singapore. A home to plenty of nocturnal animals, this safari can be experienced by taking a simple and safe tram ride.
3. Flying Visitors
Singapore is a part of the East Asian Flyway, where thousand of migratory birds stopover. The birds can fly for kilometers together, however, the wetlands of the Lion City serve as a welcoming, seasonal landing ground.
4. Forest Blanket
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a 400 acre rainforest hugging Singapore’s highest peak, Bukit Timah at 163 meters. The species of trees in this forest is said to be larger than the entire continent of North America.
5. Water Wonder
The highest artificial waterfall in the world is in Jurong Bird Park here. It is at a height of 30 meters and has been designed to give a complete ambience of rainforest in this giant bird park. The view is quite spectacular!
6. Birth Favourites
Looks like October is Singapore’s favourite month. A larger percentage of people celebrate their birthdays in this month. Happy October everyone!
7. Kilometer Power
With only 50 kilometers in width (running east to west), the little red dot has 3,356 kilometers stretch of road in its totality. If this entire length is joined end-to-end, it is believed to cover the distance from Singapore to Hong Kong!
8. Equator Heat
The lowest temperature recorded in Singapore was 18 degrees Celsius, in January 1934. The island gets its hot climes owing to the close proximity to the equator, which is only 142 kilometers away.
9. Chew Laws
Living in Singapore may be convenient but chewing gum will make things tough. It is illegal to import and sell chewing gum on the island. However if you manage to get some gum and spit it in public, you risked being fined heavily!
10. Crab Food
Madam Cher Yam Tian introduced the world to the tastiest and the first chilli crab in 1950. Now, Singapore stands as a popular connoisseur of dish, which attracts travelers and foodies from world-over.
11. Nightlife High
The world’s highest al fresco bar is here! Hosting some of the most exquisite clubs, Singapore’s 1-Altitude at One Raffles boasts to be the tallest in the world, standing at a 282 metres above ground level.
12. Airport Screens
Apart from the many other wonders in Changi Airport, one of the most delectable is the free movie screenings here. Long layover or just a recreational activity, the three different movie screens, one at each terminal, will definitely leave an impression on you.
Don’t forget to try the 4D cinema at Terminal 3 which has stimulators so that you feel ‘real’. We certainly hope you don’t miss the flight though!
13. Capital Fine
Accused as ‘bizarre law nation’, the residents here can be heavily fined for using their neighbour’s unsecured Wi-Fi or even for forgetting to flush the public toilet! Be attentive and aware.