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5 Strange Rules in Singapore

November 3, 2019

Did you know that chewing gum is illegal in Singapore? Find out more what other odd rules are being practiced in Singapore in this article!

No Durian

5 Strange Rules in Singapore

This one rule is specifically for you durian lovers. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring a durian to a public transport, be it MRT, LRT or bus. The reason behind this law is reasonable and that is to be considered to others as durian has a strong smell that might trigger nausea.

Does that mean that you aren’t allowed to eat durian in this country? Nope! You are still allowed to eat this unique fruit but it’s better to finish eating it at the durian shop or brought home with a private vehicle.

Asking for The Price Before Purchasing

This rule might be familiar to travellers, especially if you are travelling with a budget. This rule is important so that you don’t be tricked into being charged with a higher price — especially during Muslim holidays.

How to avoid being tricked? Come to restaurants and shops that have price list on the items so that you won’t have to ask for the price. All you need to do is look at the list and decide whether it is within your budget!

No Alcohol Purchase Above 10.30 P.M.

Since 1 April 2015, Singapore banned stores from selling alcoholic beverages from 10.30 P.M to 7 A.M. unless if they have a license and people in Singapore are not allowed to consume alcohol in public from 10.30 P.M. to 7 A.M.

This rule was established when there was Race Course Road riot which was caused by drunkards. To avoid getting fined, you can invite your friends to drink at your stay!

No Cats in Flats

5 Strange Rules in Singapore

Flats occupants ae not allowed to own cats because of hygiene purpose, but dogs are still allowed inside flats as long as the owner has a certificate that allows him/her to own a dog in the unit.

Avoid Using Your Left Hand

This might be challenging for left-handed people. In Singapore and many other Asian countries, using your left hand to greet or interact with others is considered rude.

This is because your left hand is associate with the hand that you use to clean after yourself after using the bathroom. As a result, get yourself used to greet others with your right hand in Singapore!

Though the above rules seem a lot and tiring, #SGB_Family can assure you that they play a part in making Singapore one of the safest countries in the world.

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Did you know that chewing gum is illegal in Singapore? Find out more what other odd rules are being practiced in Singapore in this article!

No Durian

5 Strange Rules in Singapore

This one rule is specifically for you durian lovers. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring a durian to a public transport, be it MRT, LRT or bus. The reason behind this law is reasonable and that is to be considered to others as durian has a strong smell that might trigger nausea.

Does that mean that you aren’t allowed to eat durian in this country? Nope! You are still allowed to eat this unique fruit but it’s better to finish eating it at the durian shop or brought home with a private vehicle.

Asking for The Price Before Purchasing

This rule might be familiar to travellers, especially if you are travelling with a budget. This rule is important so that you don’t be tricked into being charged with a higher price — especially during Muslim holidays.

How to avoid being tricked? Come to restaurants and shops that have price list on the items so that you won’t have to ask for the price. All you need to do is look at the list and decide whether it is within your budget!

No Alcohol Purchase Above 10.30 P.M.

Since 1 April 2015, Singapore banned stores from selling alcoholic beverages from 10.30 P.M to 7 A.M. unless if they have a license and people in Singapore are not allowed to consume alcohol in public from 10.30 P.M. to 7 A.M.

This rule was established when there was Race Course Road riot which was caused by drunkards. To avoid getting fined, you can invite your friends to drink at your stay!

No Cats in Flats

5 Strange Rules in Singapore

Flats occupants ae not allowed to own cats because of hygiene purpose, but dogs are still allowed inside flats as long as the owner has a certificate that allows him/her to own a dog in the unit.

Avoid Using Your Left Hand

This might be challenging for left-handed people. In Singapore and many other Asian countries, using your left hand to greet or interact with others is considered rude.

This is because your left hand is associate with the hand that you use to clean after yourself after using the bathroom. As a result, get yourself used to greet others with your right hand in Singapore!

Though the above rules seem a lot and tiring, #SGB_Family can assure you that they play a part in making Singapore one of the safest countries in the world.

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