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In 2020, Singapore Discovery Centre rebranded to become an attraction and actively took on sustainability initiatives.
In just 6 months, the entire centre was revamped, featuring an augmented experiential gallery in our Permanent Exhibits Gallery, a multi-storey immersive Escape Room, a revolutionary projection mapping Laser Battlefield and a new dining experience in our Cafeteria. Sustainability initiatives were introduced such as getting Green Mark certified, the installation of solar panels, and launch of urban farming and eco-trail programmes.
In 2018, local farms produced a small amount of the food consumed in Singapore: 13% of vegetables, 9% of fish and 24% of eggs in total.
To overcome resource constraints and enhance food resilience, urban farming increases access to locally grown food. At our centre, our farms can be found in 3 different locations each serving a different purpose,
To boost our cyber defence, the Bug Bounty Programme was implemented as part of MINDEF's continuous effort to build up its capabilities in the cyber arena. This includes the setting up of the Cyber Test and Evaluation Centre (CyTEC) where servicemen train against simulated cyber attacks.
Ethical hackers from around the world, hailing from countries such as India, Romania, Russia, Sweden and the United States, as well as the local white hat community in Singapore have been invited by MINDEF to try and crack our major Internet-facing defence systems. Weak spots are identified and strengthened as a result!
With 2325 solar panels installed on our sheltered walkway, Discovery Lake and rooftop, we can generate energy to power about one-third of the centre's electrical consumption. This is equivalent to 100 trees planted and grown over 10 years or 650,000 phone charges!
With the solar panels and other sustainability efforts, we are working to achieve the BCA Green Mark for Super Low Energy Building in 2021, and a Zero Energy Building, by 2023.
On 31 October 2020, Singapore Discovery Centre is awarded with the record title of 'Longest Building Integrated Photovoltaics panels sheltered walkway' in the Singapore Book of Records.
With our tropical climate, we are no strangers to warm and humid days. The highest recorded tempature is 36.0°C in 1998. But did you know that on two days in January 1934, Singapore had a record low temperature of 19.4°C? Shiok!
On 16 June 1963, our very first Tree Planting campaign took place, and was inaugurated by then Prime Minster Lee Kuan Yew. This signalled the start of Singapore's efforts to transform into a Garden City (now known as City in Nature), where everyone from Members of Parliament to corporations, schools and everyday citizens contribute to plant a minimum of 10,000 saplings annually. As of 2020, Tree Planting Day continues to take place in November every year.
Vanda Miss Joaquim was launched as Singapore's national flower on 15 April 1981. It was chosen for its vibrancy, hardiness and resilience – qualities that reflect our Singapore Spirit. Singapore is the only country to have a hybrid as her national flower!
Singapore’s iconic emblem, the Merlion, is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s tail. The fish alludes to the idea of Singapore’s beginnings as a fishing village, while the lion refers to the sighting of a lion by Sang Nila Utama, a Palembang prince who renamed our island Singapura or “lion city” in Sanskrit. You can find the Merlion at Merlion Park, located in the Downtown Core district of Singapore.
The term “Little Red Dot” was originally used to describe Singapore's size and influence. It has since evolved into a badge of pride, representative of Singapore’s standing as a strong and successful nation, despite our small size. This was seen in 2015, where a logo of a simple red dot bearing the words "SG50" in it, was used to celebrate 50 years of Singapore’s independence.
Singlish is an unofficial fusion language that is almost always heard when a Singaporean speaks. It is a collection of colloquial catchphrases and lingo from the various languages and dialects spoken in Singapore, such as Hokkien, Cantonese and Teochew. Hoseh, now you know why we speak like this liao!
Hoseh: (Hokkien) An exclamation of satisfaction.
Liao: An ending word of a sentence. It has no specific definition and varies with contextual use. An example of its use is "I eat liao" which means "I have eaten".
Singapore consists of one main island and 64 other tiny islands.
The main island that most Singaporeans live on is historically known as Pulau Ujong or "Island at the End", a reference to our place off the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. Some of the 64 islands include Sentosa (the largest of the offshore islands), Pulau Ubin, St John’s Island, Sisters’ Islands and Kusu Island.
We are also one of the only three sovereign city-states in the world, alongside Monaco and Vatican City!
80% of Singaporeans live in government housing, of which, about 90% own their home. Housing in Singapore is made affordable with various grants and schemes. Community spaces and facilities are also integrated to encourage community bonding and foster social cohesion.
Seaborne trade has always been vital to Singapore. It contributes to 7% of our nation's Gross Domestic Product. With more than 130,000 ships calling at Singapore annually, we are one of the world’s busiest and most well-connected ports.