When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un get together for a historic summit between the United States and North Korea, they won’t meet at any old coffee shop. (And not just because Donald Trump doesn’t drink coffee.) Instead, a five-star hotel in Singapore will host the summit. The chosen location isn’t without symbolism — or without a surprising history.
Read on to learn the most shocking facts about the hotel that will host the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
8. The Trump administration chose a five-star hotel for the summit
The Trump administration chose the five-star Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, a smaller island off Singapore’s main island, to host the summit. The hotel grounds are located on the island’s coast. According to the White House, Singapore made the cut because of its status as “one of very few countries” to have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea. Additionally, the island’s location makes it a secure venue for the summit, since authorities can easily control access to the island.
Next: Several of the hotel’s buildings have a long history.
7. Multiple buildings at the hotel were built in the 1880s for the British military
CNN reports that multiple buildings at the hotel date to the 1880s, when they were constructed for the British military. As the BBC explains, Singapore, along with Malacca and Penang, became a British colony called the Straits Settlements in 1826. Singapore became Britain’s main naval base in East Asia in the 1920s, and Japan bombed Singapore during World War II. Singapore didn’t become an independent republic until 1965, and the last British military forces took until 1971 to withdraw.
Next: The hotel has many expensive rooms and luxurious amenities.
6. The hotel has some very expensive rooms
The Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island has 112 rooms, according to CNN. Those range from the 829-square-foot Premier Room, which has one king-sized bed and costs $435 a night, to a 4,693-square-foot manor that accommodates eight people for $8,242 per night. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will have more than 24,500 square feet of meeting space to choose from. And hotel also has a 12,000-square-foot spa, restaurants that serve Chinese and Mediterranean food, and two 18-hole golf courses (where the two leaders could potentially go golfing together).
Next: The island housed prisoners during this war.
5. Sentosa Island used to be a Japanese camp for prisoners during World War II
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