A melting pot of cultures, a food haven, a medical hub, the financial gateway of Asia, best airport in the world -- these are just some of the accolades awarded to Singapore. A predominantly Chinese population of 5,638,700 people in just 722.5 square kilometres, Singapore, which comes from the anglicisation of the Malay word Singapura, is fast becoming one of Asia's top destinations.
Whether it's to shop in the heart of Orchard's retail district, picnic at Tanglin's UNESCO heritage site (Botanic Gardens), scale Singapore's highest hill at Bukit Timah, dolphin watch at Marine Parade, embrace Peranakan culture in Katong, explore hippie bars at Bugis, Stroll by the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park "river", or sample local delights at one of the heartland districts, Singapore truly has something for everyone.
5.6 M Population
based on the United Nations estimates
55 Planning Areas
4 Official Languages
English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil
The Central Region is the main metropolitan region of Singapore and comprises of 13,150 hectares of land, 22 planning areas and 335,400 residential housing units ranging from HDB flats to exclusive private properties. There are also 1000 hectares of green spaces linked by 19km of park connectors. Top highlights of the region include the Singapore City Gallery (Tanjong Pagar), Duxton Hill, Southern Ridges, the bars of Keong Siak Road, Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam and Fort Canning Park.
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The North Region is the second largest region in terms of land area (134.5km2) and has a population of 531,860 with over half (250,290) of the residents living in Woodlands. The region is home to Singapore's longest MRT station gap between Khatib and Yio Chu Kang. It is also home to Singapore's only hot spring at Sembawang. Since the opening of Northpoint City at Yishun, the opening of the Woodlands Waterfront and the endless "pasar malams" rotating around the various MRT stations, the region, once touted as being part of Johor, is now experiencing a mini-renaissance as residents from all over Singapore come to the area for fun and food.
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The East Region is the smallest of the five regions in Singapore and is the second most densely populated with the majority of residents residing in Bedok. Much of the economic activity in the region is manufacturing based, while aviation (especially at Changi), makes up the remainder of industrial activity. The east is often referred to as the "home away from home", with many Singaporeans choosing to head east to relax and unwind at East Coast Park or the chalets at Pasir Ris. The international airport is also in this region. Many of the famous local delights come from food stalls located in this region too.
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The North-East Region is the most densely populated region in Singapore with Hougang housing the majority of its residents. It is the only region with two islands as part of its land area Pulau Ubin and Coney Island. Coney Island, also known as Pulau Serangoon, is located off the coast of Punggol. While it is extremely underdeveloped (according to modern standards), the bike trails make it a perfect getaway from the city. More adventurous Singaporeans can check out the Ketam Mountain Bike Park located on Pulau Ubin, which meets even the international standard for mountain biking competitions.
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The West Region is the largest (201.3 km2) region with majority of the residents being housed in Jurong West. While a flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur takes just 45 minutes, the journey from the west to Changi Airport takes almost 90 minutes by public transport (bus and MRT)! Highlights to explore in the west include Kranji War Memorial, Jcube Ice Skating Rink, Trampoline Park, Jurong Bird Park, Japanese Gardens and Jurong Lake. Of all the positive points for living in the west, you have the luxury of having not one, not two, but three universities at your doorstep. Add a whole host of not just great food, but also food options that open into the wee hours of the night, one can understand why fans insist the “west is best”.
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