19 May 2017

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Singapore

Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore consists of one main island and 63 other tiny islands, most of which are uninhabited. Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometres, and is the world’s third most densely populated country, behind Monaco and Macau. The resident population is 4.2 million and predominantly Chinese, 77%, with 14% Malay and 8% Indian.

On 9 August 1965, Singapore became an independent republic, the architecture reflects the diverse history of the country. Nestled in between the high towers are colonial buildings, shophouses, and contemporary structures, all finished off with abundant gardens and avenues of trees.

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The old and new, Marina Bay Sands hotel and the old parliament building.

 

Singapore has the world’s busiest transhipment port. This view of ships in the South China Sea was taken from a sky bar on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, I also sampled the local culture, which took the form of a delicious frozen cocktail.

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Helix Bridge, inspired by the geometric arrangement of DNA, with a walkway encircled by opposing double helix structures of stainless steel.

 

 

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The Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands Hotel and The ArtScience Museum, which looks like a giant white lotus flower.

A contrast to the billion dollar glitz of Marina Bay modernity, is the National Gallery Singapore. The gallery opened in 2015, after 530 million dollar refurbishment. Using a glass and aluminium canopy, it connects two of the country’s historically significant buildings, City Hall and the former Supreme Court.  It was here that the Japanese surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of the Second World War and where Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, was sworn in.  The gallery is the world’s first public museum devoted to the modern art of Southeast Asia, showcasing one of the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

I saw this street art on the side of a shophouse, if you scroll back up to the photo of shophouses by the Singapore River you will see the building it sits on.

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