SINGAPORE'S HISTORY & CULTURE

A brief history of Singapore and its diverse culture

Once a British colony and a part of Malaysia from 1962-1965, Singapore has grown from strength to strength ever since its independence in 1965. It has made rapid industrial progress and has gone from “third world to first” in the span of a few decades. It is known as one of the “Four Tigers of Asia” and is also known for having world-class facilities in Asia, most notably in the education and healthcare sectors.


In addition to these economic successes, Singapore also has a rich culture that has been developed over the years by the various ethnic groups in Singapore. For example, Singapore has a really rich diversity of food, earning it the reputation of being a ‘food paradise’. What’s more: these delicacies are sold at affordable prices in places known as hawker centers, which also act as a great place for Singaporeans to bond. There is also, of course, the unique ‘national dialect’ called Singlish, which further enriches our cultural diversity. All this would not be possible if not for the fact that Singapore embraces racial and religious harmony, which Singapore greatly embraces through a mix of legislation and national culture.


Singapore is also a multi-racial and multi-religious country. There are 4 main groups of people within Singapore: Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Together, these groups of people contribute to Singapore’s rich culture and history in their own ways. 

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