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Take a look around and you’ll see a wide spectrum of cultures in Singapore.

Chinese and Hindu temples, mosques, as well as churches, are often located near each other. One such example can be found along Pagoda Street in Chinatown, where Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu place of worship here, stands next to Jamae Mosque, which caters to the Tamil Muslims in Singapore.

Expect cultural celebrations throughout the year too. At the start of the year, look forward to Thaipusam, a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya (or Murugan). Also happening around the same time is Chinese New Year, which is celebrated with much gusto, particularly in Chinatown. 

The rich heritage of Singapore is also evident in the wealth of food choices. Food centres such as Maxwell Food Centre are one-stop venues with different ethnic cuisines all under one roof. Newer additions to Singapore’s colourful “foodscape” include celebrity restaurants and trendy eateries in heritage districts. 

The city’s retail spots are also multicultural treasure troves. Treat yourself to Chinese knick-knacks, antiques and jewellery at Chinatown Complex at Smith Street, or explore the quirky stores in Arab Street for unique knick-knacks. 

Residents of Singapore are also bound together by one common language: Singlish (short for Singaporean English), a delightful slang consisting of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Tamil words.