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Getting to Know Singapore – A Cultural Diffusion

Singapore Art Museum
Written by Wanda Adams

It may sound like an exaggeration – but the alarming reality is that there are many Singaporean tourists who do not know much about the proper history of the island city because they are too focused on shopping, fashion and glitz and glamour. Such is indeed a wonder how a small country in the Southeast Asia becomes a site of ancient port cities that possess various empires. This is not known to history yet, but it should be.

To begin with, when Singapore was colonized by the United Kingdom way back in the 19th century, it was only considered as a small Malay fishing village. Its first existence was recorded in the 3rd century, if we are to base it in the Chinese text. Indeed, this island, which was called Temasek was directed as the outpost of the Sumatran Srivijaya. Afterwards, it rose to be the significant trading city that it is now. But then, as for its entire history, it would have to burn different political conflicts which would alter destiny in time.

A Tourist Paradise

The dramatic twists and turns of Singapore had been written by destiny. It was only in the year 1965 when it was able to win its independence. This only happened after a series of colonization.

Despite all these, what we only see today is a tourists’ paradise. This cosmopolitan society is equipped with harmonious interaction for different races. Just in the recent cultural diversity concerning the island, its prime attracts as a nation had really become remarkable. Precisely speaking, the mentioned cultural diversity is known to be the ultimate result of the population’s diversity. Even the intermingling of ethnic groups and the amalgamation of Malay, Chinese and Indian immigrants. You will know more about this as you probe on the lives of their civil war soldiers which are typically showcased in their museum.

With this extent of cultural diffusion, it is not shocking that Singapore turned out to be a mixture of diverse ages. You can just focus on the cuisine of Singapore. This is dubbed to be a massive cultural attraction for a ton of tourists out there. It may be about Indonesian, Malay, Chinese, Peranakan, Italian, Spanish, Thai, French and even Fusion.

When it comes to art and culture, Singapore would always be identified globally as an emergence of cultural center specifically intended for the mentioned disciplines. This may also be about music and theater. As a matter of fact, it is known as the gateway between the West and the East. Meaning, it is the emergence of various performing art groups which are mostly involved in the theatrical arts. There are even productions which are staged successfully in most of the times. The perfect examples of them are TheatreWorks which usually performs overseas too.

If you plan to know more about this country, it would be the best that you check on its museums so that you may discover its wealth and abundance. There is no stopping Singapore!

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Wanda Adams