Singapore's national identity is in the skyline

As we mark International Migrants Day, pause to consider those who literally built the national icons

Our architectural icons, buildings and infrastructure are visual testaments of how Singaporeans have created a First World nation out of sheer grit and determination. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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When we tell foreign friends we live in Singapore, the most common response by far goes like this: "I love Singapore, it's so beautiful and clean!" They rave about our supertrees, our durian-inspired theatre and the sci-fi ship sitting on top of the towers.

These responses tell us of the world's recognition of Singapore and its achievements. They make us feel proud of Singapore's identity and place in the world.

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