13 Weird Singapore Cultures And Customs That Tourists Will Just Not Understand

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A Foreigner Guide To Singapore Culture

When you explore a new country, the last thing you want to do is offend the locals – accidentally or not. Sometimes, you might even commit a faux pas unconsciously. So foreigners travelling to Singapore, fear not! We decided to come up with a series of guides for our tourist who plan on visiting Singapore.

In this first article of the series, we take a look at 13 local customs and traditions in Singapore that everyone should know.

1. Take off your shoes before entering the house

This applies to almost every household in Singapore. We don’t wear shoes in the house, so take off your footwear before coming in. Remember to take off your shoes before entering any temple or mosque too!

DO: Leave your shoes neatly by the door before entering

DON’T: Tramp into the house like you just don’t care

2. Call all older people aunty/uncle

No, we’re not related to everyone on the island, but we’re polite creatures. Calling older people “aunty” and “uncle” is a sign of respect for our elders.

The next time you flag down a cab, try this, “Uncle, Dhoby Ghaut MRT please!”

DO: Be respectful

DON’T: Call elderly by their names, even when they have nametags. Yes it’s weird I know.

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