Originally the island only had a small fishing village located at the entrance of the Singaporean River until 1819 when the British began colonization. Singapore then became the commercial and military hub of Southeast Asia for the British Empire and one of the busiest shipping ports in the world.
Singapore's architecture is primarily modern although there are colonial influences from before WWII. After WWII and once Singapore gained independence, an influx of modern reinforced concrete structures appeared. Since the early 1990s, Singapore has consciously strived to build iconic landmarks and buildings, becoming an aspiring global city.
The small island has several main districts, which each bring their own unique style and atmosphere. Chinatown and Little India add authentic and lively areas and are popular with tourists. The CBD is a bustling, cosmopolitan metropolis that is an important business hub of Asia and the world.
Also known as the Civic District, Riverside is the colonial core of Singapore with an abundance of heritage from the colonial period, significant statues and a host of restaurants, shops and performing arts.
Orchard Road is a popular tourist area, being the shopping hub of Singapore with a multitude of malls, boutiques and electronic stores. The area is also filled with some of Singapore's most happening nightspots and upmarket hotels.
Chinatown is the original area designated for Chinese immigrants by the British Rule. Nowadays Chinatown has a fantastic atmosphere and is home to countless restaurants, shops, supermarkets and cultural attractions.