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Singapore’s 49th National Day: 10 awesome facts about Singapore

Singapore may be the second smallest country in Asia but we’ve achieved great things. Here are 10 reasons to be proud of Singapore
ST701 Editorial Team - July 9, 2014
By: Huda Nabilah Afandi
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Singapore’s 49th National Day: 10 awesome facts about Singapore

Singapore is the second smallest country in Asia and only turning 50 next year. Although our country has yet to fully mature, we have already accomplished great things and made a significant impact on the world.

Here are 10 reasons to be proud of Singapore:

1. Singapore is one of three surviving city-states in the world. She jumped from a third world country to a first world country in less than 50 years. In 2014, Singapore managed to clinch the title of the third richest country in the world. We have the largest financial centres in South-East Asia together with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

2. Singapore grew by 22% of its original size. Although Singapore is seen as a small red dot on the world map, she has grown from 581.5 kilometres to 710 kilometres in size. Thanks to land reclamation efforts, Singapore might grow another 100 kilometres in 2030!

3. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve has more species of trees than the entire North American continent. With a size of 1.64 square kilometres, it is home to more than 840 species of flowering plants and over 500 species of animals, while North America is 24,709,000 square kilometers huge with only about 750 types of trees.

4. The world’s first night zoo opened in Singapore. The Night Safari, established in 1994, holds over 2,500 animals!

5. Singapore hosted the first Formula One night race in 2007. It is the first night street circuit in Asia and has a track that spans a distance of 5.065 kilometres around the Marina Bay area. The F1 will most likely be held in Singapore till 2017.

6. Singapore’s largest fountain is located at Suntec City. The Fountain of Wealth stretches an area of 1683 square meters with a height of 13.8m and was listed in the Guinness Book of records in 1998 as the largest fountain in the world. It is a symbol of wealth and life, and together with the five tower blocks of Suntec City, they form a left hand emerging from the ground, with the fountain representing the palm.

7. Singapore owns the world’s largest orchid garden. Opened in 1995, the National Orchid Garden spreads over 7.5 acres (30,000 square meters) with an assortment of over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. The garden has a total of more than 150,000 plants showcased there.

8. Singapore built one of the largest man-made waterfalls in the Jurong Bird Park and the Cloud Forest in Gardens By The Bay. The Jurong Bird Park waterfall reaches a height of 30m (98 feet) while the Cloud Forest waterfall reaches a height of 35m (115 feet).

9. Singapore held the record for the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world from 2008-2014. The Singapore Flyer stands at 165 metres in height, 2nd in place as of 2014 after the High Roller, which stands at 167.2 metres, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada in March 2014. At the highest peak of the Singapore Flyer, you can get a glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia.

10. The Sands Skypark is the world’s largest public cantilever. Located at the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, it is 12,400 square meters in size – big enough to park four A380 Jumbo Jets (each measuring 478 square meters)!

Explore Singapore with your family and friends to appreciate the country. Continue to look out for amazing deals and discounts for local attractions at STClassifieds.sg!

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