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The big question will always remain, does size matter?

Singapore has managed to prove that even the small can leave you impressed. Perhaps fuelled by a geographical kind of Napoleon complex, the little red dot’s attempt to overcompensate has succeeded in making the city stand out in the crowd. This overachiever has been looking to outplay not only its Asian neighbours but the rest of the world, by having a never-ending slew of ‘biggests’and ‘firsts’. But it’s time to look past the largest observation wheel and wander beyond the world’s first night safari, and dig deeper into what this city is really all about.

It’s fair enough that the graffiti-free walls, manicured expressways and squeaky clean streets can fool visitors into thinking they’re not in South-East Asia anymore, but don’t let the clean and tidy exterior dissuade you from scratching beneath the surface. At the end of the day, it’s not the size of the city, it’s about all of the multicultural, ethnically diverse and rapidly developing layers that have been packed in for you to explore. So go, get lost – and find the real Singapore.

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First published on 14 Jul 2011. Updated on 25 Mar 2014.

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