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10 Incredible Facts about Singapore You Should Know before Visiting

10 Incredible Facts about Singapore You Should Know before Visiting

Singapore is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Asia. It is relatively small, yet has highly developed and state-of-the-art infrastructure that is ready to welcome tourists from around the world.

Before booking your ticket (or if you already have one), check out these 10 incredible facts about Singapore!

1. Singapore is home to the world’s first “Night Zoo”.

Singapore is home to the world’s first “Night Zoo”

Have you ever wondered if zoos are open at night?

Most zoos around the world usually close before the sun sets, which is around 4 pm to 5 pm in most countries. 

However, Singapore does things differently. If you want a special nocturnal experience on your to-do list while you’re in the country, you must include the Night Safari.

Singapore first opened the Night Safari in 1994. It is home to over 1,000 animals from more than 100 different species.

This 35-hectare park provides these creatures with a comfortable space to live in their natural nocturnal habitat. 

Shows, Performances, and moreEstimated DurationScheduleLocation
Guided Tram Ride40 minutes6:30 pm to 12 amEntrance Plaza
Walking Trailsn/a6:30 pm to 12 amEntrance Plaza
The Thumbuakar Performance7 minutes6:45 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pmEntrance Courtyard
Creatures of the Night25 minutes7:15 pm, 8:30 pm,9:30 pm, 10:30 pmAmphitheatre

Important Reminders before Entering Night Safari

  • Bring mosquito and insect repellent: Since the park is made for wildlife, bringing and applying repellants will make sure you’re comfortable during your stay.
  • Bring a drinking flask: There are many water fountains around the park. Bring a container so that you can spend more time seeing the entire safari and less at water dispensers.
  • Don’t use flash when taking pictures: Strong light can disturb the animals and can cause plenty of stress, or worse, blindness.
  • Bring an extra shirt: This is optional, but you will be sweating from all the walking. It’s wise to have a replacement shirt just in case you need to change.

2. Singapore is home to the world’s largest indoor waterfall.

Singapore is home to the world’s largest indoor waterfall.

In Singapore, you can find a large waterfall inside a massive structure in the middle of a busy metropolis. 

Photographers and videographers will have their hands full during their stay. 

Visitors will truly feel moved once they step out of Gardens By The Bay’s doors and it will surely give them something deep to think about during their time in Singapore.

Business ScheduleMisting HoursContact Number
Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm,  6 pm, 8 pm +65 6420 6848

Important Reminders before Entering Gardens By The Bay

  • Bringing food and drinks are strictly prohibited: This is to avoid littering and disturbing the ecosystem of the sanctuary.
  • Do not damage the plants in the gardens: This is strictly prohibited. If you catch visitors damaging the plants, please report it to the staff immediately.
  • No smoking in the gardens: Gardens By The Bay is a smoke-free establishment.
  • Drones or aerial devices are prohibited: This is to ensure the safety of other visitors and the conservation of the plants and their ecosystem.
  • Prior to filming and photography, you must fulfill an application form: Taking photos for personal use is welcome. However, for events such as wedding pictorials, individuals are encouraged to inform the management at least 14 days in advance.

3. Singapore initiated the very first Formula 1 night race.

Singapore initiated the very first Formula 1 night race

If you are an adrenaline junkie who has a knack for speed and the roaring sound of over 20 expertly engineered cars racing to be the best, then the Singapore Grand Prix should be at the top of your list.

Singapore Grand Prix

According to experts, each F1 vehicle has more than 1,000 horsepower V6 turbocharged engines under the hood. 

Every car is robust and meticulously engineered, from its motor to its aerodynamic shape, which allows the F1 cars to reach speeds of around 400 km/h.

The Singapore Grand Prix is located at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, which is widely known for its 23 corners — the most out of any Formula 1 circuit around the world. 

The length is roughly 5 km, with a road distance of 308 km.

Race ScheduleGeneral Ticket PriceSuper Pit Grandstand Ticket Price
Sunday: 9:05 pm$308 $1,788

Important Reminders before Entering The Singapore Grand Prix

  • Bring a heavy raincoat: The likelihood of intense rain is always a possibility. In addition to an umbrella, protect yourself with a thick raincoat. 
  • Go as early as possible: The race will be flocked with tourists and fans, and if you want the best view of the race, you should be there early.
  • Bring a bag or backpack: If you plan to buy plenty of F1 merchandise and souvenirs, it’s a good idea to bring a bag to store them.

4. Singapore has the world’s largest hawker center in Asia.

Singapore has the world’s largest hawker center in Asia

With over 700 stalls and a diverse selection of Asia’s best cuisines, the Chinatown Food Complex should always be part of any tourist’s itinerary when they visit Singapore.

It is located at the heart of the Central Business District and it is home to the tastiest and most affordable dishes that will make anyone feel like a local on the island. 

Chinatown Food Complex

Since the 80s, the Chinatown Food Complex has been a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. 

Since there are almost infinite choices here, we made a list of the best hawker stalls in the Chinatown Food Complex.

Stall NumberNameRecommended DishPriceOperating Hours
02-135China La Mian Xiao Long BaoXiao Long Bao$5Tuesday – Friday:
11 am to 9 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 
9 am to 9 pm
02-127Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & NoodlesSoya Sauce Chicken Rice$2-$4Monday – Sunday:
10 am – 8 pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
02-88Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau FuFried Fish Cake$3-$5Tuesday – Thursday:
5:45 am – 3 pm
02-53Zhao Ji Clay Pot RiceClay Pot Rice$3-$6Monday – Sunday:
12 am – 7 pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
02-04Terry Katong LaksaLaksa$2-$3Monday – Sunday:
10 am – 7 pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
02-79Shi Xiang SataySatay$1-$3Monday – Sunday:
10 am – 7 pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
02-97Hong Kong Mongkok Dim SumHong Kong-Style Dim Sum$2-$4Wednesday – Sunday:
11 am – 11 pm
02-166Jia Ji Mei ShiYam Cake$3-$4Monday – Sunday:
10 am – 10 pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
02-190Cheng JiSteamed Fish Head$4-$10Monday – Saturday:
12 am – 9 pm
02-59Hai Sing Ah BallingTeochew Dumplings$2-$3Tuesday – Sunday:
12 pm – 9 pm

Important Reminders before Going to Chinatown Food Complex

  • Bring small bills: Most prices are quite affordable and the hawkers will appreciate you giving the exact amount. 
  • Bring an extra shirt or face towel: You might need a change of clothes or something to wipe down your sweat with as the location can be quite humid and crowded. 
  • Don’t bring a large bag: The place can be packed. Having a large bag will only cause a nuisance to you and those around you.
  • If possible, wear closed and comfortable footwear: You’ll be walking a lot here, which can get uncomfortable if you’re not wearing the correct shoes.
  • Bring an umbrella: The weather in Singapore can be quite unpredictable. Having an umbrella on hand will get you ready for the harsh sun or heavy rain.

5. Singapore has the third tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

Singapore has the third tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

The Singapore Flyer used to be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, but the High Roller in Las Vegas beat it by only 2 meters in 2014. They were both dwarfed by The Ain Dubai in 2021.

The third highest Ferris wheel in the world can be found in Downtown Core, Singapore. Its height is over 160 meters tall and has fully air-conditioned pods.

The capsules are attached outside the Ferris wheel’s rim and are the size of a contemporary bus. 

This quirky style allows the passengers to get a full 360-view of Singapore’s skyline and the surrounding area’s gorgeous sights.

At the peak of the Ferris wheel, passengers can see as far as 45 km away. In good weather, you can spot parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and even Sentosa!

Ferris Wheel View
ScheduleTicket Price
Thursday – Monday: 2 pm – 9:30 pmAdult: $33
Child: $21
Senior: $24

*Passengers ages 3 years old and below ride for free

Important Reminders before Riding the Singapore Flyer

  • Make sure to go to the restroom before riding: The entire ride takes about 30 to 35 minutes, so you’ll have to wait a while if ever you need to use the restroom while you’re up there.
  • Buy food and drinks in the concessions: Since the ride takes around half an hour, you may want to bring some snacks to make sure you enjoy every minute of it. Food and drinks not bought in the concessions are not allowed.
  • Don’t bring bulky bags: Large bags are not allowed in the pods. 
  • Make sure your phone has enough battery: There are plenty of sights worth taking pictures and videos of, so make sure your phone or device has enough power for at least half an hour.

6. Chewing gum is banned in Singapore.

Chewing gum is banned in Singapore.

Singapore’s gum ban was legislated for the primary purpose of maintaining cleanliness in the city. The ordinance originally came to light in the 1990s and is still widely used today.


However, with a prescription, chewing gum may now be bought from pharmacy stores in Singapore. 

The fine for chewing gum in Singapore is quite comparable to the littering fines.

Having said that, just don’t bring gum when you’re going to the country.

The number of offensesFines
First-time offenders
Second-time offenders
Third-time offenders

7. Singaporeans are one of the fastest pedestrians in the world.

Singaporeans are one of the fastest pedestrians in the world

According to research done more than 10 years ago, Singaporeans are among the world’s quickest walkers, crossing 19 meters in only 10.55 seconds. 

A new study reveals that this may actually help Singaporeans age more slowly and serve as a reliable marker of mental wellness.

Singapore had the fastest-growing pace of life

Out of all the nations included in the research, Singapore had the fastest-growing pace of life during the initial stages of the study. 

This is correlated with the increased walking speed of 30%.

8. Singapore is the least corrupt city in Asia.

Singapore is the least corrupt city in Asia

An extensive majority of Singaporeans, according to a Transparency International poll, had never heard of corruption incidents involving public individuals or organizations. 

Singapore’s public sector was classified as the most transparent in Asia and the fourth least corrupt in the world in 2020.

The nation is ranked 4th out of 180 nations in Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index, where a low score indicates less perceived corruption in the nation’s public sector.

The other Asian country that’s included in this list is Hong Kong, which finished in 11th position.

9. Military service is mandatory for all men in Singapore.

Military service is mandatory for all men in Singapore

All male Singapore citizens and permanent residents are expected to do National Service under the Enlistment Act.

Building up its defense was one of the first things the nation had to do when it gained independence in 1965. 

Due to Singapore’s limited manpower, it is unable to maintain a regular armed force large enough to fend off outside aggressors.

National Service under the Enlistment Act

As a result, the government concluded that requiring male teenagers to enlist in the military is the best method to strengthen Singapore’s defenses.

10. Singapore has the first-ever park dedicated exclusively to gardening.

Singapore has the first-ever park dedicated exclusively to gardening

The 9-hectare HortPark, which is a part of Singapore’s Southern Ridges, is a garden resource center and is said to be Asia’s first one-stop-shop gardening lifestyle hub. 

The educational, recreational, and gardening-related activities are all housed under one roof in this lovely park. 

Park locationsSchedule
HortParkMonday – Sunday: 6 am to 11 pm
Canopy HortParkMonday – Friday: 9 am to 10 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
Edible GardensOpen 24/7
Car ParkMonday – Sunday: 6 am – 10 pm