From the http://www.VideoSource.com Global Village Travel Guide and DVD, "Singapore". Stock footage available from http://videosource.com/search.html
Singapore lies just one degree
north of the equator at the tip
of the Malay Peninsula
where the Pacific
and Indian oceans meet.
The heart of this great trading
city lies at the mouth of
the Singapore River,
and its history is rooted in the sea.
In the 7th century, Singapore
was a trading center of an ancient
Sumatran empire, known as
Temasek or Sea Town.
A prince visiting in the 13th century
named it Singa Pura, or Lion City,
after spotting what he thought was a lion.
The 14th century saw the
empires of Java and Siam struggling
for regional dominance with the
Chinese admiral Cheng Ho, who
was established in the Malayan
port of Malacca. Within a
hundred years Singa Pura was
destroyed and reclaimed by the
jungle, until the arrival of Sir
Thomas Stamford Raffles of the
British East India Company in
1819. Recognizing the island's
strategic location, he shortened
the name to Singapore and declared
the island a British free port,
and it again became a flourishing
trading center, drawing merchants
and their goods from all over the world.
Today, an eight-meter
statue of a Merlion–half fish,
half lion–overlooks the river…
The Merlion is the symbol
of Singapore, providing a welcome
to visitors by day or night…
Nearby, remnants of Singapore's graceful
colonial past are still visible in
the buildings that cluster around
the Padang, or village green. The
stately City Hall, with its Corinthian
columns, stands next to the domed Supreme Court..
Parliament House rubs shoulders with the Victoria
Memorial Hall and Theater,