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Discovery Singapore
Diversity reflected in history
Singapore, a garden city state, one of the world's busiest trading port, a financial center and a melting pot of cultures as she was and always meant to be.

Singapore's unique geography and history, have compelled her to become a country with the natural aptitude for diversity and tolerence. Lets examine the accounts of time gone by, circumstances, that have shaped this tiny island to what she is today.

In the 2nd century marked the earliest record from the greek mathematician, astronomer and geographer Claudius Ptolemy identifying Singapore as Sabana and describing her as a designated foreign trading port that link South East Asia, India and the Mediterranean.

In the 3rd century, Chinese written record described the island as Pu Luo Chung (蒲羅中), a transliteration from Pulau Ujong in Malay which means "island at the end"

From the 7th to 13th century, the island was part of the Srivijaya Empire of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Srivijaya was a naval empire that extends its influence to the coastal regions of South east Asia. The empire took root from the present day region of Palembang, Sumatra Indonesia.

From 1293-1402, the island was part of the Majapahit empire. Founded on the back of a strategic victory against a Mongol


invasion consisting of approximately 30,000 men and 1000 ships. the kingdom was considered to be one of the greatest and most powerful empires in the history of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. In its peak of glory, the empire extended throughout Southeast Asia, to include the present day Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, southern Thailand, the Philippines, and East Timor.

From 1402-1512, the island became part of the Malacca empire, and once served as the fiefdom of the legendary

islanders and only a causeway to physically bridge them to a neighbouring state, Singapore has all the making of a unique environment with tendencies to develop differently from those in her proximity.

Unique Singapore can only be experienced first hand. Attempting to describe the subtle assimilation to their way of life, their ideologies and aspirations while at the same time retaining all of those that makes them Malay, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, Indonesian, Filipino, Thai and list goes on, will only be making an understatement.

  photos courtesy of
singapore tourism board