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Living in Singapore

Singapore is a melting pot with people from different ethnic backgrounds, religious and cultural beliefs. Together our forefathers worked, lived and built Singapore to become one of the best city-states in the world today. We are proud to be praised and awarded on the international arena for our beautiful landscape and the bustling living experience we offer in our cosmopolitan city.

As you embark on your academic journey in Singapore, we are here to introduce some of our interesting food, sights, shops and events. Be prepared for a vivacious and exciting experience on this little island!

Where to go?

Go on and choose between the wildlife or quaint cafes in restored heritage-rich architectures or a simple nature walk. We have all that and more to offer and you can be sure that there will not be a dull day in Singapore.

Singapore Zoo

Discover the rarest species of animals and be wowed by the shows that these beautiful animals and their trainers put up on a daily basis.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm daily (Last admission 5.30 pm)
Admission Fees: Adult – SGD 35.00 / Children – SGD 23.00

Gardens by the Bay

More than 250 thousand rare plants can be found in this award-winning horticultural attraction situated in the city. Whether in the day or night, you are guaranteed an amazing view of the central business district skyline.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 5.00 am to 2.00 am (For Bay South Outdoor Gardens)
Admission Fees: Free (except for Domes & Skyway)
(For full list of opening hours and admission fees, please visit here)

What to eat?

You will never go hungry in Singapore. Diet plans can be shelved for the time being and pamper your taste buds with delectable local fares that reflect the cultural diversity of our people. Try our Chinese dishes including world renowned chilli crab and chicken rice to Indian’s nasi briyani and roti prata prepared with an array of flavours or satays along with peanut sauce dip and nasi lemak from our Malay community.

Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Old Airport Hawker Centre, Tiong Bahru Market, Newton Hawker Centre, Telok Ayer Market (Lau Pa Sat), Amoy Street Food Centre are just some of the food centres in Singapore where you can find a wide variety of local food at affordable prices. Click here for a complete list of food centres in Singapore.

We are also not short of international cuisines in Singapore. From Japanese to Korean to American, Italian, French, Thai or Vietnamese and more, we are bringing delicacies from around the world to you.

What we celebrate?

Lunar New Year

This traditional festival is the celebration of a new year based on the Chinese calendar. Chinese families in Singapore will gather for reunion dinners on the eve of Lunar New Year and the festival will be celebrated through fifteen days of the Chinese calendar where families will don new clothes and visit relatives and friends. Traditionally, children are given red packets containing money as a form of blessings from their elders.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Our Muslims community would fast for one month from dawn to dusk before the celebration of this occasion (also known as Feast of breaking the fast). Muslim families would be dressed in traditional costumes and celebrate the joyous occasion with relatives and friends through sumptuously prepared meals.


Deepavali also known as the “festival of lights” is celebrated by the Hindu community in Singapore. The traditional use of lights/lamps signifies the triumph of good over evil and Hindis celebrate the occasion by wearing new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family and friends.

Mid-Autumn Festival

This occasion is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. Also known as Lantern or Mooncake Festival, the moon is exceptionally bright and full on this day and Chinese get together to taste mooncakes in various flavours and lit beautifully decorated lanterns in celebration.


Traditionally, Christians in Singapore and all around the world commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ on this day. Orchard Road is stunningly transformed with display of lightings and decoration during the Christmas period. You would have to be there to be mesmerised.