- People & Culture
there is one word that best captures Singapore, it is “unique”.
A dynamic city rich in contrast and colour, you'll find a harmonious
blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture here. Brimming
with unbridled energy, this little dynamo in Southeast Asia embodies
the finest of both East and West.
The pattern of Singapore stems from the inherent
cultural diversity of the island. The immigrants of the past have
given the place a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European
influences, all of which have intermingled.
Behind the facade of a modern city, these ethnic
races are still evident. The areas for the different races, which
were designated to them by Sir Stamford Raffles, still remain although
the bulk of Singaporeans do think of themselves as Singaporeans,
regardless of race or culture. Each still bears its own unique character.
The old streets of Chinatown can still be seen; the Muslim characteristics
are still conspicuous in Arab Street; and Little India along Serangoon
Road still has its distinct ambience. Furthermore, there are marks
of the British colonial influence in the Neo-Classical buildings
all around the city.
Expatriates and foreigners may encounter language
problems in the beginning of their stay in Singapore as many Singaporeans
use Singlish to communicate. Chinese commonly use their
own dialects to communicate, and sometimes, inter-dialect groups
don't understand one another's language, as the language is vastly
different. Except for Hokkien and Teochew, which have a closer
The Malays use the language among their fellow races and the Indians
speak Tamil. But whatever the race or religion, the country's community
unite as one nation, where most religious or racial gaps are being
Each racial group has its own distinctive religion
and there are colorful festivals of special significance all year
round. Although the festivals are special to certain races, it is
nonetheless enjoyed by all.
The four official languages of Singapore are Mandarin,
Malay, Tamil and English. English is the most common language used
and is the language which unites the different ethnic groups. Children
are taught in English at school but also learn their mother tongue
to make sure they don't lose contact with their traditions. Education
in Singapore is both cost-effective and high in quality. The Ministry
of Education of Singapore is pertually ensuring the standards of
her teachers by providing training and ensuring that the teachers
stay up to date and are effective in delivering their teaching
pedagogies. This results in the quality of all graduates at all
levels. Hence, the educational certificates from Singapore's schools
and instituitions are highly valued and recognized internationally.
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