Singapore – The City in a Garden, the world’s greenest city with the highest density of greenery.
So it comes as no surprise that the choice for our 7th International Congress on Sowa Rigpa, traditional Tibetan medicine will be in Singapore.
Singapore is the perfect union of East and West, old and new, modernization and tradition, concrete and nature… a true unity in diversity… and these make it the perfect place for our gathering of diverse cultures and traditions.
As one of the world’s most prosperous country and financial center, Singapore is known for its modern skyscrapers and shopping malls. However, being so densely populated, stress can build up quickly with uber urban lifestyle and high-cost living. So traditional natural healing plays an important part in this balance of body, energy and mind.
7 interesting facts of this sunny little island:
1) Singapore is one of only three surviving city-states in the world. The other two are Monaco and the Vatican City
2) Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, saw a creature he thought was a lion and named the island “Singapura” which means “Lion City” in Sanskrit
3) The Merlion, a half-fish, half-lion beast, is a fitting symbol of Singapore. The “Singa” or lion represents the animal that Sang Nila Utama saw (the point above), and the fish is a tribute to Singapore’s history as “Temasek”, an ancient sea town.
4) Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world, with a total land area of only 682.7 square kilometers
5) The national language of Singapore is Malay. The four official languages of the country are English, Chinese, Tamil, and Malay. And the unofficial language? SINGLISH, a local blend that includes lah, leh, lor, meh, etc.
6) In 2015, Singapore Botanic Gardens was honored as a UNESCO World Heritage. It is the first tropical and only the third botanic gardens on the UNESCO World Heritage listing. This was announced during Singapore’s 50th year of independence. The largest tropical orchid garden in the world is found in National Orchid Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens.
7) The largest fountain in the world is right here in Singapore at the heart of Suntec City, the venue of our international congress!
For an article on the various sights in Singapore – Click Here …