Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans

Hi tourists,

When travelling around Singapore, it is helpful to be aware of the local customs and practices unique to Singaporeans. Behave like a Singaporean and mingle around with the locals, and you will soon find yourself seeing many interesting things revealed to you that are not commonly seen by normal tourists.

Here are the Top 5 Most Important Local Customs and Traditions of Singaporeans that all tourists in Singapore should take special note of in order to have the best holiday possible in Singapore.

1. When Singaporeans greet each other, they ask “Have you eaten yet?”, instead of “How are you?”. Singaporeans really love their food, so talk to them about it and ask them for recommendations!

Singapore local food

2. Singaporeans place packets of tissue paper on tables and seats of food courts to indicate that the places are reserved for them.

Singapore food court tissue packet reservation

3. T-shirts, bermudas and flip flops form the most common outfit that Singaporeans wear every day. Dress like a Singaporean to fit in, especially when you expect to be walking under the merciless sun for hours – when you visit Universal Studios Singapore, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park.

Singapore outfit

4. Singaporeans love food and therefore do not mind queuing for hours to buy delicious food. The stalls serving the best food always have the longest queue. if you are touring Singapore on a food trail, joining the longest queue in any food court or hawker centre will increase your probabilities of chancing upon good local food.

Long queue in Singapore food court

5. Although Singaporeans love durians, for the sake of tourists and the other non-locals who cannot stand the strong smell, durians are banned on public transport vehicles.

Singapore no durians sign

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