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Names
English: Sentosa
Chinese: 圣淘沙
(Pinyin: shèng táo shā)
Malay: Sentosa
Tamil: fill in


Sentosa, which means tranquillity in Malay, is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some two million people a year. A major tourist attraction, it hosts a sheltered beach of more than two kilometres in length on its southern coast, a musical fountain which uses the interaction of lasers against water particles to create three-dimensional images, and historical fortifications in Fort Siloso, dating from World War II. There are also two golf courses and two 5-star hotels. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Pinyin (拼音, pīnyīn) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to Hànyǔ Pīnyīn (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Standard Mandarin. ... The Malay language, also known locally as Bahasa Melayu, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people who are native to the Malay peninsula, southern Thailand, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. ... The letter ழ் is a consonant believed to be unique to Tamil and Malayalam Tamil is a classical language and one of the major languages belonging to the Dravidian language family. ... The Malay language, also known locally as Bahasa Melayu, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people who are native to the Malay peninsula, southern Thailand, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. ... A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer, symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... A musical fountain is a type of animated fountain for entertainment purposes that uses the effects of sound waves and laser against water particles, in which the water streams, activated in strategic timed durations refract and reflect the light to create an aesthetic design and a three-dimensional image. ... Laser (US Air Force) A LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is an optical device which uses a quantum mechanical effect called stimulated emission (discovered by Einstein while researching the photoelectric effect) in order to generate a coherent beam of light from a lasing medium of controlled purity... 3-D or 3D abbreviates three dimensional and is often related to a stereoscopic display that exploits binocular vision. ... Fort Siloso is the sole restored coastal gun battery from the twelve such batteries which made up Fortress Singapore at the start of World War Two. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor sport where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. ... A hotel is an establishment that provides lodging, usually on a short-term basis. ...

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History

This island was once a fishing village known as Pulau Blakang Mati, which in Malay means the "Island (pulau) of Death (mati) From Behind (blakang)". During the Second World War, it was a British military fortress containing Fort Siloso. The British set up defending artillery guns in Fort Siloso which were then pointed to the south, facing the sea in expectation of a seaward Japanese assault. However, the Japanese eventually invaded and captured Singapore from the north, after having done the same to Malaya (now known as West or Peninsular Malaysia). The Malay language, also known locally as Bahasa Melayu, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people who are native to the Malay peninsula, southern Thailand, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Fort Siloso is the sole restored coastal gun battery from the twelve such batteries which made up Fortress Singapore at the start of World War Two. ... Historically, artillery refers to any engine used for the discharge of projectiles during war. ... The Federation of Malaya, or in Malay Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, was formed in 1948 from the British settlements of Penang and Malacca and the nine Malay states and replaced the Malayan Union. ... A peninsula is a geographical formation consisting of an extension of land from a larger body, surrounded by water on three sides. ...


In 1967, the British, gave Sentosa to the newly independent government of Singapore. A year later, the government decided to develop the island into a holiday resort for local visitors and tourists. It was renamed “Sentosa”, which means tranquillity in Malay, from a suggestion by the public. 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Government of Singapore is formed by the political party which gains a 50% majority in the general elections held in Singapore at least once every four years. ... The Malay language, also known locally as Bahasa Melayu, is an Austronesian language spoken by the Malay people who are native to the Malay peninsula, southern Thailand, Singapore, central eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, and parts of the coast of Borneo. ...


Geography

The island has an area of 5 square kilometres. It lies just half a kilometre (a quarter of a mile) away from the southern coast of the main island of Singapore. It is Singapore’s fourth largest island (excluding the main island). 70 % of the island is covered by secondary rainforest, the habitat of monitor lizards, monkeys, peacocks, parrots as well as other native fauna and flora. The island also has 3.2 kilometre stretch of white sand beach. Significantly large portions of land are currently being added to Sentosa due to land reclamation. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... For the TV show Monkey see Monkey (TV series) Cynomolgus Monkey at Batu Caves, Malaysia A monkey is any member of two of the three groupings of simian primates. ... Peacock re-directs here; for alternate uses see Peacock (disambiguation). ... For the runtime engine for Perl 6, see Parrot virtual machine. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ...


Sentosa can be reached via a short causeway or cable car, which originates on Mount Faber and passes through HarbourFront, Singapore en route. In the future, it will also be accessible by a SGD$140 million Sentosa Express between Sentosa and the main island's train system. When it becomes operational in 2006, visitors can easily transfer from the North East MRT Line at HarbourFront MRT Station onto the Sentosa Express, which will then bring tourists directly into the island in well under 4 minutes. When this is completed, an interrupted chain of public transport will exist between Sentosa and some of the more remote towns in Singapore. In modern usage, a causeway is a road elevated by a bank, usually across a broad body of water or wetland. ... An example of a gondola lift at the Canyons in Park City, Utah. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Interior of the NEL Train. ... The HarbourFront MRT station (NE1/CC29) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) interchange station between the North East MRT Line and the Circle MRT Line in Singapore. ... A taxi serving as a bus Public transport (Commonwealth English) comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... Introduction This is a list of neighbourhoods, areas, estates, and towns in Singapore: By Towns By Estates By Towns Ang Mo Kio New Town Bedok New Town Bishan New Town Bukit Batok New Town Bukit Merah Bukit Panjang New Town Choa Chu Kang New Town Clementi New Town Geylang Hougang...

Sentosa Island Resort (Source: Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore)

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Attractions

Sentosa offers a variety of attractions and museums providing different experiences to visitors.

  • In the living museum of Butterfly Park, one can stroll through a landscape garden and experience the fluttering of over 1,5000 live butterflies, representing more than fifty species. Housed in a cool outdoor conservatory, these butterflies range from the 25 millimetre (1 in) Eurema sari to the 150 mm (6 in) Papilio iswara.
  • The Insect Kingdom houses some 3,000 species of beautiful and rare insects from around the world, including a 160 mm size Dynastes Hercules beetle.
  • Another living museum, the Underwater World oceanarium, contains 2,500 fishes of 250 different species, including starfish, stingrays, giant turtles, and baby sharks.
  • The Dolphin Lagoon is home to some Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins where visitors can observe their skills and intelligence in the water.
  • A Musical Fountain entertains visitors with dancing jets of water, laser, and song while introducing the history of Sentosa. The refractive and reflective effect of laser against water particles from several directions then create a three-dimensional image.
  • In the west of the island stand the guns of preserved Fort Siloso which guarded the western approaches to Singapore during World War II. One can also explore a complex of ammunition bunkers, tunnels, and gun emplacements.

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Future development

Future plans for Sentosa aim to establish it as one of the world's most luxurious holiday locations, with a SGD$10 billion masterplan for the future involving the construction of private housing, the aforementioned partial redevelopment of Siloso Beach, and Asia's first tourism academy. This large scale island redevelopment projects are expected to complete in 2012. A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Beaches make popular tourist resorts Beaches make popular tourist resorts Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ...


The largest impact is expected to be from a family-oriented Integrated Resort, with a casino at its core. This world-class Integrated Resort is expected to be completed in 2009. A resort operator/developer will be chosen by the end of 2005. Development of the resort will be financed privately and will not receive any government subsidies.


External links

  • Sentosa official website
  • Travel guide to Singapore/Sentosa from Wikitravel
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