Singapore is small, but very densely populated with people from a variety of cultures. On the north bank of the Singapore River is the historic district. Though the majority of the colonial city is gone now, important government buildings remain as well as a statue of Singapore's founder, Stamford Raffles. The south bank is the modern business district, where you'll find peculiar attractions like the towering Merlion statue among the skyscrapers. If you're going to Singapore for shopping, you can't do any better than Orchard Road... .