Inside Singapore: Singapore River Tour

This Sunday I went on a free walking tour in the downtown area organized by Singapore Footprints, a society run by a group of enthusiastic students form the Nanyang Technological University.

Although I’ve been to the area, the tour sounded like a good opportunity to take a fresh perspective on familiar sites. And so it was.

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Meeting point: Raffles Place MRT, in the heart of the business district. Looks dark after the rain. The motto of the organizers is “Every Saturday and Sunday, Rain or Shine”. So we had to wait a bit for the rain to come down.

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A great monument representing Singapore’s past on the right (a small village) and present on the left (business and financial centre).

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Logically, we began our Singapore River tour at the Singapore River Walk.

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After the rain the buildings at the river look even more glossy. 

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The iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel matches the colours of the sky perfectly.

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Everyone is listening very carefully 🙂

One of the stories I heard at the tour was that the Marina Bay Sands Hotel was designed according to the principles of feng shui, a Chinese system of harmonizing with the environment. Moreover, the famous casino inside was also designed according to feng shui so that the house wins and the gamblers lose 🙂

The Singapore Flyer observation wheel (just next to to the ArtScience Museum on the left in the photo above) was not built in accordance with feng shui. Namely, the wheel rotated clockwise. As a matter of fact, the Flyer operator went bankrupt. After the incident the rotation direction was changed to counterclockwise 🙂

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Inside another famous hotel at the mouth of the Singapore River – the luxurious Fullerton Hotel. There are around 400 rooms here. One night costs on an average 400 SGD.

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The Fullerton Hotel, previously known as the Fullerton Building, was a symbol of the British power and served several purposes. At different times it was a post-office, a hospital, and a meeting place of the Singapore Club.

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The General Post Office was located here.

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Beautiful decorations in the lobby

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Our group overlooking the Marina Bay. I never stop amazed at the splendor of the Singapore Financial district. 

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Next to Merlion, the symbol of Singapore, one of the five statues in the city. 

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Our guides in yellow can be easily seen from a distance.

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Cavenagh bridge, the oldest bridge across the Singapore river, with the Fullerton Hotel on the right, and the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay – in front. Looking at this photo, I start to appreciate the grey colours of the rainy weather.

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Rain from the cloud – what an amazing arts installation!

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The Lim Bo Seng Memorial at Esplanade Park is a tribute to Major-General Lim Bo Seng, who is considered one of Singapore’s war heroes during World War II. 

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The Padang – open playing field in the downtown area. Just across the field St. Andrew’s Cathedral can be seen, the oldest Anglican church in the city. The previous demolished church that existed here was damaged by two lightning strikes.

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On the right: Old Supreme Court building. In front: a “duck vehicle” that transports tourists both on the land and in water.

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The red-and-white brick Singapore’s oldest fire station. The high white building was used as a watch-tower to spot the fire.

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The Armenian Church, the oldest Christian church in Singapore. The construction costs were covered by the Armenian community in Singapore and Armenians abroad.

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The church’s interior is small and cosy.

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The Memorial Garden to Armenians next to the church.

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Singapore’s Chines Chamber of Commerce and Industry – an interesting architectural fusion of the traditional and modern styles.

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Peranakan Museum. Here you can learn about the culture of Peranakan Chinese, the descendants of the Chinese immigrants.

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Armenian street was named so after the Armenian Church.

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After taking a walk along the Armenian street we ended up next to the campus of SMU – Singapore Management University. 

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Life in green

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Our guide is telling another story close to the Singapore Art Museum.

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Cathedral of the Good Shepherd – the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore.

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Info session about HDB housing in Singapore is in full swing.

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An interesting combination of the HDB apartment block, a church, and the National Library in the background

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Sri Krishnan Temple on Waterloo street. This is where the tour ends.

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I really liked that coconut tree.

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Walking towards the metro station. The Chinese New Year is in the air.

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Life in colours 🙂

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The busy and colourful Bugis street connects to the the Bugis metro station. 

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After looking at the photo I spotted the phrase on the bus: “Live fulfilled”.

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My Sunday is fulfilled!

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