Singapore is famous for many things, from starting the F1 Night Races, to being one of world’s best green cities, hawker centres with authentic cheap eats, ig-worthy places like Gardens By The Bay, and much more. But did you know that Singapore is made up of not one but 64 islands?
In fact, The Little Red Dot has a list of islands, longer than your arm, that belongs to it. This surprising fact is mainly due to land reclamation over the past century after Singapore gained its independence from Malaysia on August 9, 1965.
Sixty Four Islands of Singapore
Singapore boasts one main island and up to 63 offshore islands in its surroundings. Three islands are inhabited including the main island of Singapore in the archipelago.
According to reports, more than 30 islands can be used for civilians, while the rest are artificial islands, or else, used for the military with at least seven belonging to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). However, majority of the offshore islands are left untouched by humans such as Pulau Jong (Junk Island).
Already, Singaporeans are familiar with the likes of Sentosa Island, which is a popular resort with a range of exciting attractions, as well as the likes of the Southern Islands like Lazarus Island, St. John’s and Kusu Island, which welcomes visitors to explore their beautiful beaches on a day trip. Certainly, there’s many quick islands to escape to without the need of your passport.
Singapore is a man-made island which was created through land reclamation. This was done by filling areas of water with materials such as soil, sand, rocks, and cement. Similarly, wetlands were drained to create new spaces. Singapore’s land reclamation is responsible for places like Changi Airport, hiking zones on the Southern coast, and areas around Raffles Place, to name a few.
Today, Singapore is a sunny tropical island-state which is home to more than six million people. Certainly, Singapore being made up of 64 islands is one of the most fascinating facts that you probably didn’t know.