Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The country comprises of a number of islands which are rich in flora and fauna, surrounding the mainland. Though a multi-racial society and diverse in its traditions, Singapore is a country that is cohesive in its culture. Tourism is a major industry here as the country’s rich heritage; exotic natural legacy and multi- cultural diversity attract large masses of tourists. The country houses many art venues, magnificent islands, countless shopping markets, attractive beaches and exotic and wild natural habitats. Singapore was originally just a humble fishing village and according to the ratings of the World Bank, today has become one of best countries to do business in, Given in this article are a few interesting and hidden facts about Singapore that you can explore for yourself by including visits to these places in your tour:
1.Shinto Shrine at the MacRitchi ForestSyonan Jinja is a Shinto shrine located in the dense forest of Macritchie Reservoir. This slice of history hidden deep in the forest was constructed during the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1954. Today if you explore the Terentang Trail you will find an adventure in the ruins of the shrine’s foundation and the historical significance it holds.
2.The Last Kampong Hidden in the north eastern suburbs of Singapore is the Lorong Buangkok Kampong. This village is the last of its kind and was established in Pulau Ubin in 1956. The surviving pastel-colored wooden huts in this village are an important proof of living history and the development of humanity into a civilized society.
4.German Girl Shrine on Pulau Ubin If you are visiting Pulau Ubin, then make sure that your journey includes a detour to the German Girl Shrine. This Taoist shrine is a reminiscence of the Roman Catholic daughter of a coffee plantation manager. According to folklore, when the British invaded the house at the end of World War I, the girl ran out of the back door and fell into a quarry behind the foundation. Today her shrine is a kind of a deity for the locals.
5.The Only Hot Spring in Singapore Hidden on the property of the Sembawang Air Base, is the only natural hot springs of Singapore that is said to have healing properties.
6.A Volcanic Massage Located along a strip of ordinary shop-houses on Bukit Timah Road, is Ikeda Spa. It is the only spa in the country that gives a massage on a volcanic rock from Japan which is regarded to be very healthy for its properties to radiate infra-rays and negative ions that help in improving blood circulation.
7.Organic Vegetables from the Pristine Source Farmer Cynthia Wee-Hoefer, opens her shop house on every first and third, Thursday and Friday of the month to sell organic fruits and vegetables and hand-picked herbs that are grown in the difficult to access regions of Nepal. Her shop is located on 5 Pasir Panjang Road.
8.The Hidden Art Spot at the Big Venue The Esplanade, houses the ‘Jendela Visual Arts Space’, which is regular home to quality and free art exhibitions.
9.Secret Cinema Tisch Asia, located in the NYU School of Arts hosts screening of foreign films by top international directors that are a sensation for film buffs and critiques.
10.Sister Island Comprising of two islands, the Sister Island is a great place for camping and snorkeling.