Singin' its Praises: A Singapore Photo Gallery

 
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Developed from the Thai art of Nang Yai, Singapore's shadow puppet tradition, known as Wayang Kulit, draws on mythology and morality plays. These shows are mostly performed during sacred temple ceremonies and in villages.  
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Although the first record of Singapore's existence is documented in third-century Chinese text, this city-state languished in relative obscurity as a Sumatran trading outpost for hundreds of years. It wasn't until Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a British East India Company official, established Singapore as a major trading post connecting Europe to China that the city began to rise into prominence.  
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One of the first neighborhoods under Singapore's Raffles Plan, which segregated immigrants into separate areas of the city, Chinatown is today one of the city's most vibrant and economically successful places.  
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Singapore's Jurong Gardens pay tribute to the majestic Chinese gardens in Beijing's regal Summer Palace. In the tradition of Chinese gardens, bridges celebrate the architectural styles of China's dynasties. Jurong's bridges are red in color, symbolizing luck, and are framed by stone lions that symbolically guard the bridge.  
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Little India is another of Singapore's neighborhood created by the Raffles Plan. A must-see for its piquant delicacies from all over South Asia, the neighborhood also boasts Arab markets with rows of hammered jewelry and colorful fabrics as well as Indian temples and Islamic mosques.  
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In tribute to Singapore's nickname as the Lion City as well as the city's modest beginnings as a small fishing village, Singapore decided its tourism mascot would be a 'merlion.' A fictitious fish-junglecat combination, this iconic Singaporean sculpture decorates Merlion Park next to Marina Bay.  
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