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    Singapore’s origins go back centuries beyond her days as a British colony. In the 7th Century AD, she was Temasek or ‘Tea Town’, a trading center of Sumatra’s ancient Srivijaya Empire. By the 13th Century she had become one of its three kingdoms. Legend tells us when Sang Nila Utama, the Prince of Palembang, landed on the island he encountered a strange animal (‘very swift and beautiful, its body bright red, its head jet black’) which he mistook for a lion but which was more probably a native tiger. So the name Singa Pura (in Sanskrit, ‘Lion City’) came about.

    The 14th Century saw the empires of Java and Siam struggling for regional dominance with the Chinese Imperial Fleet under Admiral Cheng Ho. Within the next hundred years the great city of Singa Pura would be destroyed and reclaimed by the jungle.

    Throughout the 16th Century the Dutch, Portuguese and British sailed by, while Singa Pura’s fabled past remained shrouded in the mists of time. In 1811, a hundred Malays from Johore led by the local chief, the Temenggong, settled at the mouth of the Singapore river, but it was not until 1819 that Sir Thomas Stamford Raffle stepped ashore and selected the island as a British maritime base.

    Although Raffles spent only nine months in Singapore, he laid the principles for the city’s development as a free port, as the giant international marketplace of Southeast Asia. By the time he died in 1827, the Sultan of Johore had ceded full sovereignty to Britain and Singapore’s second golden age was underway.

    There were junks from China laden with tea, china and other precious goods. From the eastern islands of Indonesia came the ladder-masted boats of the Bugis, filled with ebony, camphor and ivory. From Borneo, Java and Sumatra came cargoes of pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, coriander and batik textiles. All were loaded onto the mighty East Indiamen for the voyage back home to London.

    For 110 years, British colonial rule flourished in balmy splendor. The propagation of rubber trees in Singapore’s Botanic Gardens and the boom in tin created by the American canning industry heralded another era of economic expansion.

    In 1942, victorious Japanese forces took Singapore and, with the end of the war, 1946 saw a new generation of Singaporeans demanding self-determination.

    On June 3, 1959, Singapore became a new self-governing state with brilliant young Cambridge-educated lawyer, Lee Kuan Yew, as Prime Minister. From September 1963 until 9, 1965, Singapore was part of the Malaysian Federation, when she became an independent republic.

    Singapore’s 2.5 million people share a common identity as citizens of a modern republic. Today, 77% are Chinese; 15% are Malay; 6% are Indian; 2% are Eurasian or European. Harmony has been achieved through a shared destiny stemming from a shared struggle for nationhood.





(per person sharing twin)

Single supplement

(per person)

Rendezvous Hotel



Elizabeth (Superior Room)



Marina Mandarin (Deluxe)



The above tour package (minimum 2 persons) includes:

        -    SIC Round trip airport & hotel transfers 

        -    3-day American Breakfast 

        -    3-night hotel accommodation at the hotel of your choice 

        -    A half day SIC City tour  

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