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  • Northern Singapore Guide | Singapore Travel | Rough Guides
    The Bukit Brown cemetery Singapore Zoo See all destinations Singapore Northern Singapore Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide Tibet Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide North of the downtown area it s still possible to glimpse Singapore s wilder side True this sector is as packed with satellite new towns as elsewhere and suburbs shadow the major thoroughfares but the island s core remains dominated by thirty square kilometres of rainforest and reservoirs forming a central nature reserve Jungle hikes are perfectly feasible and not too taxing and there are many other points of interest too such as Memories at Old Ford Factory a museum housed in the building where the British surrendered to the Japanese and Bukit Brown one of Singapore s last remaining historic cemeteries

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  • Eastern Singapore Guide | Singapore Travel | Rough Guides
    all destinations Singapore Eastern Singapore Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide In the 1970s eastern Singapore still had a rural feel its ribbons of middle class suburbs interspersed with Malay kampongs villages Inevitably the area hasn t escaped the mushrooming of high rise new towns and much of the southeast coast has been radically altered by land reclamation to create the East Coast Park a long strip of leisure and watersports facilities For visitors the points of interest mainly lie along or close to where the coast once was Closest to downtown is the suburb of Geylang which has retained some of its old Malay identity neighbouring Katong likewise has traces of its historical Peranakan character At the eastern end

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  • Western Singapore Guide | Singapore Travel | Rough Guides
    Colonial District Little India The Arab Quarter Chinatown The Financial District Orchard Road The Botanic Gardens Marina Bay Sentosa and the southern isles Northern Singapore Eastern Singapore Western Singapore Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Western Singapore Introduction The Southern Ridges and Pasir Panjang Holland Village Jurong and Tuas See all destinations Singapore Western Singapore Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide Tibet Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide The Rough Guide to Vietnam View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide Hilly and green the western part of the island is home to the country s premier university the National University of Singapore at Kent Ridge It lies at the start of a nine kilometre series of ridges and peaks now collectively labelled the Southern Ridges stretching southeast to Mount Faber near Tanjong Pagar downtown Several minor attractions nestle along the route but a major part of the ridges appeal is the chance to do a couple of hours walk from one lush hill to another using a network of interconnecting bridges Further west is the industrial new town of Jurong where true to form Singapore s planners have woven several sights and leisure facilities into the fabric of the area the pick of them being the Jurong Bird Park In between these areas and downtown is the suburb of Holland Village boasting a string of restaurants and bars popular with foreigners Read More More about Singapore Features Where Next Check out

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  • Map of Singapore| Singapore Regions | Rough Guides
    Compact and best seen on foot the island boasts historic neighbourhoods a buzzing nightlife and lush natural spaces Use our map of Singapore to plan your trip Gaze upon the stately Colonial District from a resort in Marina Bay wander through Hindu temples in Little India and admire the golden domes of the Sultan Mosque on Arab Street The city s food a heady mix of exotic tastes and smells reflects its diverse cultural history from South Indian dishes served on banana leaf platters North Indian tandoori fare to a wealth of Chinese and Malay cuisines served at bustling hawker s markets such as the huge Tekka hawker centre in Little India Lovers of shopping will be well catered to browse the latest fashions at Orchard Road s designer boutiques Find out more about Singapore Interactive Singapore Map Regions of Singapore Click the links below to find out about your chosen region 1 The Colonial District 2 Little India 3 The Arab Quarter 4 Chinatown 5 The Financial District 6 Orchard Road 7 The Botanic Gardens 8 Marina Bay 9 Sentosa and the southern isles 10 Northern Singapore 11 Eastern Singapore 12 Western Singapore Related Ebooks The Rough Guide to

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  • Places to Visit in Singapore | Singapore Travel | Rough Guides
    Hornaday of Singapore in 1885 as well planned and carefully executed as though built entirely by one man It is like a big desk full of drawers and pigeonholes where everything has its place and can always be found in it This succinct appraisal seems apt even now despite the tiny island s transformation from an endearingly chaotic colonial port one that embodied the exoticism of the East into a pristine futuristic shrine to consumerism In the process Singapore acquired a reputation largely deserved for soullessness but these days the place has taken on a more relaxed and intriguing character one that achieves a healthier balance between Westernized modernity and the city state s traditional cultures and street life The foundation for Singapore s prosperity was its designation as a tax free port by Sir Stamford Raffles who set up a British trading post here in 1819 The port plays a key role in the economy to this day though the island now also thrives on high tech industry financial services and tourism all bolstered by a super efficient infrastructure All these achievements were accompanied by a major dose of paternalism with the populace accepting heavy handed management by the state of most aspects of life in exchange for levels of affluence that would have seemed unimaginable a couple of generations ago Thus it is that since independence much of the population has been resettled from downtown slums and outlying kampongs villages into new towns and the city s old quarters have seen historic buildings and streets bulldozed to make way for shopping malls Yet although Singapore lacks much of the personality of some Southeast Asian cities it has more than enough captivating places to visit from elegant temples to fragrant medicinal shops to grand colonial buildings Much of Singapore

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  • Explore Destinations | Travel Guides | Rough Guides
    What to see When to go Getting there Arrival Transport Accommodation Eating Drinking and nightlife Entertainment Shopping Festivals Kids Singapore The media Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Features Gallery Explore The Colonial District Little India The Arab Quarter Chinatown The Financial District Orchard Road The Botanic Gardens Marina Bay Sentosa and the southern isles Northern Singapore Eastern Singapore Western Singapore Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Explore Explore Singapore

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  • South Korea Facts | About South Korea | Rough Guides
    Guides The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide The Rough Guide to Seoul View Guide Tibet Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide South Korea Fact file The Korean peninsula is split in two by the 4km wide Demilitarized Zone DMZ sharing borders with China and for about 20km south of Vladivostok Russia These frontiers form a northern boundary with North Korea the Democratic People s Republic of Korea whose population of around 24 million live in an area half the size of the United Kingdom South Korea also known as the Republic of Korea is slightly smaller and has a population of 49 million making it the world s 26th most populous country Ethnic Koreans dominate the peninsula s population making North and South Korea two of the most ethnically homogeneous societies on earth Before splitting both were traditionally Buddhist nations though deeply steeped in Confucianism and shamanistic ritual Since then the North has followed Juche a local brand of Communism while in the South Christianity has become the most popular religion Before the Japanese occupation in 1910 the Silla Goryeo and Joseon dynasties were ruled over by an unbroken run of 116 monarchs dating back to 57 BC The economies of South and North Korea were almost equal in size until the mid 1970s The Economic Miracle that followed in the South has propelled it to the cusp of the world s top ten economies while the North languishes just above 100th place Read More Things not to miss

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  • Where to go in South Korea | Rough Guides
    UNESCO listed fortress dating from the late eighteenth century and cosmopolitan Incheon where you can eat some of the best food in the country before making your way to the islands of the West Sea By contrast the neighbouring province of Gangwon is unspoilt and stuffed full of attractions in addition to a number of national parks of which craggy Seoraksan is the most visited you can head to the unspoilt beaches and colossal caves that surround the small city of Samcheok or peek inside a genuine American warship and North Korean submarine north of the sleepy fishing village of Jeongdongjin Stretching down from Gangwon to the South Sea lie the markedly traditional Gyeongsang provinces home to some of the peninsula s most popular attractions Foremost among these is gorgeous Gyeongju capital of the Silla dynasty for almost a thousand years and extremely laid back by Korean standards it s spotted with the grassy burial tombs of the many kings and queens who ruled here There s enough in the surrounding area to fill at least a week of sightseeing most notable are Namsan a small mountain area peppered with trails tombs and some intriguing Buddhas and the sumptuously decorated Bulguksa temple another sight on the UNESCO World Heritage list Although less picturesque as a town Andong is almost as relaxed as Gyeongju and a superb base from which to access Dosan Seowon a remote Confucian academy and the charmingly dusty village of Hahoe a functioning showcase of traditional Korean life The region s rustic charm is actually best appreciated offshore on the windswept island of Ulleungdo an extinct volcanic cone that rises precipitously from the East Sea and where tiny fishing settlements cling barnacle like to its coast Thrills with a more urban flavour can be had in Busan Korea s second city which has an atmosphere markedly different from Seoul as well as the most raucous nightlife outside the capital it has the best fish market in the country and a number of excellent beaches on its fringes Even more characterful are the Jeolla provinces which make up the southwest of the peninsula Left to stagnate by the government while Korea s economy kicked into gear they have long played the role of the renegade though this energy is now being rechannelled Violent political protests took place in regional capital Gwangju as recently as 1980 though the city has reinvented itself to become one of the artiest and most business savvy in the land Jeonju has a similar feel plus a delightful district of traditional hanok housing and is justly famed for its wonderful flavoursome cuisine Earthy Mokpo is the hub for ferry trips to a mind boggling number of West Sea islands dotted with fishing communities where life has changed little in decades while inland there are a number of excellent national parks The Chungcheong provinces at the centre of the country are bypassed by many travellers but this is a shame as they contain some fine

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