The Lion City is celebrating its 49th birthday today. So in conjunction with Singapore National Day, here’s a compilation of some of the interesting facts about this vibrant city that we find pretty mind-blowing.
1. If you are from another part of the world and you think that English is Singapore’s national language, you are so wrong. It is one of the official languages, but the Republic’s national language is Malay. In fact, the country’s national anthem “Majulah Singapura” is also in Malay which has been translated into English, Chinese and Tamil.
2. Still about the Lion City’s national anthem, did you know that you could look for the entire lyrics on the back of SGD1,000 note? They are printed in microtext.
3. Kallang River which is Singapore’s longest river (measuring at 10km only), was one of the dumping sites for Kallang body parts murder, one of the country’s gruesome murder cases that took place in 2005.
4. Based on the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, the Republic is ranked at third place in the world for the least corruption in the economy.
5. Prostitution is legal in Singapore, but pornography (be it possession or production of pornographic materials) and walking naked around your house are illegal.
6. The Lion City is home to the world’s highest rooftop bar – 1-Altitude, located at the top floors of One Raffles Place Building at 282 metres tall above ground level.
7. The world’ first night zoo – the Night Safari is located in Singapore, and the world’s first F1 night race took place in this city too.
8. Thanks to the Baby Bonus Scheme, the Republic is a great place to raise a family if you are the citizens. Parents will be rewarded with “cash gifts up to SGD6,000 each for your first and second child, and SGD8,000 each for your third and fourth child” to help lighten the financial cost of raising kids.
9. Singapore is a ‘fine city’. Yep, it was dubbed as that because the country is notorious for its bizarre laws like a hefty fine for failing to flush the public toilet or even for using your neighbour’s unsecured Wi-Fi.
10. Still on the Republic’s odd laws, you could get charged for hugging in public because it is seen as outraging a person’s modesty. So instead of giving bear hugs to people, you can wrap your hands around the first ‘Hug Me’ Coca-Cola vending machine in Singapore and it will reward you with a can of Coke. Check out the video below: