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Singapore is a small city-state that became independent in 1965. Today it is one of the world’s leading economic centers in terms of shipping and banking. Singapore’s history in terms of cultural diversity and some unusual laws creates some interesting fun facts about Singapore.

Singapore’s position at the bottom of the Malay peninsula and its history has created a melting pot of culture with ethnic enclaves like Chinatown, Little India, as well as western influences around the city. The city has some strict laws on chewing gum and crossing the road.

In this post, we will go through fun facts about Singapore. Let’s get started!

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Fun Facts About Singapore

There are fun facts about Singapore that center around some unusual laws and little quirks. Either way, they are nice to know if you are visiting Singapore as not to offend anyone.

Here is a list of fun facts about Singapore.

It Is illegal To Not Flush The Toilet

If your toilet policy is if it’s yellow let it mellow, in Singapore, this may get you into trouble. For failing to flush, you will end up with a fine of S$150, and police officers have been known to check.

Flush The Toilet After You Used it

Singapore Is A City State

Singapore is a city, a capital, and a state all at once, making it one of only three City-States in the world.

The other two being Monaco and Vatican City.

Chewing Gum Is Banned

Chewing gum is banned in Singapore, except for those with a medical prescription. The reason for the ban is cleanliness.

The streets and footpaths are clean, so it is hard to argue with the ban.

Standing on Chewing Gum

Singapore Is Made Up Of 63 Islands

Besides the main island, the nation of Singapore includes 63 other tiny islands.

Most of these islands are uninhabited and some are used for military or industrial purposes.

Singapore Is One Of The Smallest Countries In The World

Singapore is among the 20 smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 719 square kilometers.

The National Anthem is Found On The Back Of The SGD1,000 Note

If you turn the note around and look carefully, you can see it printed in micro-text.

They probably figured you’d be singing Majulah Singapura if you ever got your hands on one of these babies anyway.

Caught Littering

If caught and convicted of littering three times, you will have to clean the streets on Sundays with a bib on saying, “I am a litterer”.

This is definitely one of the more interesting fun facts about Singapore.

Do Not Litter

World’s First Night Zoo

The world’s first night zoo or Night Safari was in Singapore. It occupies 35 hectares (86 acres) and currently houses over 2,500 animals representing over 130 species of which 38% are threatened species.

The National Flag Of Singapore

In the national flag of Singapore, the color red represents universal brotherhood and equality of its citizens while the color white represents purity.

Singapore Flag

The crescent moon signifies a young nation on the rise and the five stars signify the ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice for its citizens, and equality.

Buildings Have A Height Restriction

Buildings in Singapore are not allowed to be higher than 280 meters. The UOB Plaza, OUB Centre, and Republic Plaza are the three buildings that are of that height.

Military Service

All male citizens of Singapore have to serve the army for a period of 2 years when they turn eighteen.

Highest Rooftop Bar In The World

Party with the gods, or at least those drunk enough to think they are at the highest rooftop bar in the world.

Located on the top floor of One Raffles Place, 282 meters above ground level. Just try not to fall off the open-air area.

Don’t Hit A Dog If Driving

In Singapore, hitting a dog with your car and not stopping to help is a crime that might land you in jail.

Meanwhile, hitting a cat and not stopping is not a crime at all.

Densely Populated

Singapore is said to be the most tightly populated country in the world, with 6,430 people per square km.

Singaporean People Speak Singlish

Some people think Singlish (also known as Singaporean English) isn’t supposed to be spoken because it is not exquisite enough.

Singlish is spoken in some parts of Singapore and it has words from many different languages, including English, Malay, and Chinese.

World’s Largest Tropical Orchid Garden Is In Singapore

Founded in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only one in the world that opens for 19 hours every day of the year. The garden has more than 10,000 species of flora in over 82-hectares areas.

The Botanic Gardens gets around 4.5 million visitors every year.

Orchid Garden

Singapore Time Zones

Singapore has changed its time zone 6 times since 1905.

Is Sand The New Gold?

Singapore bought billions of cubic feet of sand from Cambodia and Vietnam as Singapore reclaims land from the sea.

The Singapore Passport

Singapore is the only country whose citizens don’t need a visa to visit North Korea, South Korea, China, or the United States.

Bukit Timah Hill

Bukit Timah Hill is the highest natural point in Singapore. It has a height of only 164 meters. Note that it is only a hill, not a mountain.

Wrapping Up

Finally, Singapore is a fun place to visit but it does have a few rules and quirks you should be aware of as not to get into any bother while in Singapore. Most of them are nothing new other than chewing been banned and Singapore policies on cleanliness.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if these fun facts about Singapore have helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.

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