Singapore ranks as the world's fourth leading financial centre and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. Singapore is an island country that is composed of 63 islands. The highest natural summit in Singapore is Bukit Timah Hill that is 166 metres above sea level. Nearly 23% of the land area consists of forest and nature reserves. Due to extensive immigration from various parts of the world, Singapore has become a multi-racial country. Singapore holds festivals like Singapore Food Festival, the Singapore Grand Prix and the Chingay Parade. Singapore Jewel Festival, the World Gourmet Summit, Singapore Sun Festival and ZoukOut also attract numerous tourists from across the world.
Merlion Park is located near Marina Bay, Singapore. This park is a popular Singapore tourist attraction. Two structures of the Merlion are located here and it is a major tourist attraction and a Singapore landmark. The park was first designed as an emblem for the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in 1964, the lion head with a fish body resting on a crest of waves quickly became one of the well known images of Singapore.
THIAN HOCK KENG
Thian Hock Keng is one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temple in Singapore. It was visited by Chinese immigrants giving thanks to Ma Zu (Goddess of the Sea) for their safe voyage. In 1839, under the leadership of Mr Tan Tock Seng and Mr Si Hoo Keh, the Hokkien clan built the temple in Telok Ayer Street. The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural style. The entire structure was assembled without nails. It is an architectual masterpiece of stone, tiles and wood, dragons and phoenixes, amazing carvings, intricate sculptures and imposing columns.
Sentosa has been rebranded and resculpted into one big tourist attraction, popular among Singaporeans as a quick island getaway. The new jewel in the crown is Resorts World, an enormous complex comprising a Universal Studios themepark, Singapore's first casino, shopping malls and hotels. The small southern islets of Kusu Island, St. John's Island, the Sisters Islands and Pulau Hantu are managed by Sentosa.