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.
Located close to Chinatown, Little India is a charming district of Singapore that is uniquely Indian with specialty shops, restaurants and spice stores. The area is fantastic for walking about, offering a truly authentic piece of India.
Sentosa is a small island just off the south coast of Singapore and has been transformed into paradise resort with numerous attractions and sights to enjoy. Traveling to the island from Singapore's CBD takes approximately 15 minutes.
The Central Business District of Singapore roughly consists of the riverside area, part of Chinatown and also some of Orchard Road. The CBD is the most densely developed part of the island and is home to hundreds of buildings and office towers.
Bugis and Kampong Glam
Bugis and Kampong Glam are positioned to the east of Singapore's CBD and have Japanese and Arabic influences from the 1900s. The areas today have some great shopping enclaves, cheap hotels and a smorgasbord of restaurants, café s and eateries.
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