♖ Historical Colonial Buildings & Cultural Icons – Singapore

I found so many blog drafts which i’ve forgot to publish – since last year!!
These pictures and posts are about when we were in Singapore to catch a luxury cruise liner that would take us around Asia.
Events that happens in this post, takes place 5 days before boarding our ship.
This is where our journey continues from day 1!
Link to Day 1 of 6, below:
This is Day 2 of 6:
Historical Monuments in Singapore
To see more of our cruise journey, click the links below to see more!
Cruising the High Seas!
Part 1 – All Aboard
Part 2 – Set Sail!~
Part 4 – Sail Away!
The Merlion
The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. The fish body represents Singapore’s origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means “sea town” in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore’s original name -Singapura- meaning “Lion city”.
The iconic Merlion of Singapore!
The symbol was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner, a member of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board and has been its trademarked symbol. 
The Merlion appears frequently on STB-approved souvenirs.
 The Merlion is the Mascot of Singapore, looks really unique.
The Merlion, a mythical creature with the body of a fish and the head of a lion— occurs in a number of different artistic traditions. 
Lions with fishtails can be found on Indian murals at Ajanta and Mathura, and on Etruscan coins of the Hellenistic period. Merlions, or ‘heraldic sea-lions’, are an established element of Western heraldry, and have been used on the coat of arms of the cities of Portsmouth and Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom; the City of Manila; and the East India Company.
It looks like a crossbreed between a Mermaid – with a Lion for it’s head!
Pretty cool – that’s why I love mythology!!
 Alright now just after starting our day, we went for lunch to – try a famous Japanese restaurant in Singapore…and to fill our growling tummys.
The chefs are from Japan and we were curious as to how the food would taste, compared to the same dishes served in Japan.
Indeed, the food did taste a little different compared to those in Japan.
It was still good though and the difference is not by much.
 We figured it was probably due to the ingredients used (local?); or even if they were flown in from Japan, the freshness might have probably been affected..??   
Still, we sure had no complaints!! =)
At least it was something different for a change!
 Soon after, we paid a visit a to the Singapore CBD in Raffles Place.
Raffles Place is a geographical location in Singapore, south of the mouth of the Singapore River. 
Located in the Downtown Core and the Central Area, it features some of the tallest buildings and landmarks of the country.
How else can I describe this place…?
 I would say it kinda reminds me of La Defense – in Paris.
Similar in a futuristic sense, but without the inclusion of the La Grande Arche de La Defense.
Totally in love the the art sculptures!
I would say there are some really big, big buildings, but nothing much to do – we can’t fault them though, after all…
 …It’s a business district…right?
 After awhile, we decided to leave this place and take a short walk to a nearby location.
(No prizes for guessing where!)
 Goodbye Singapore CBD!
Next, we head toward the riverside
The Riverside offers pretty nice views of Marina Bay Sands. 
This area is home to the Fullerton Bay Hotel.
The boardwalk outside the Fullerton Bay Hotel was really pretty too! 
The Boardwalk leading towards the pier.
I spot an Observation Tower in the background!!
This is the Pier.
And this would be the Observation tower!
The view of Marina Bay Sands is even more spectacular here!!
Continuing our stroll along the pier proved to be quite pleasant.
It was really breezy!!
I like this picture very much. Finally , No more obstructed views!
Here on the left of Marina Bay Sands, is the Art Science Museum.
This museum is located inside that white flower shaped dome.
Further left from the Art Science Museum is the Singapore Flyer.
Apparently, they’ve claimed to be the largest in the world – overtaking the London Eye.
Oh yeah!! And about that multi colored platform on the left of the Singapore Flyer??
I was told that Singapore has been using that floating stage – called the Floating Platform: to hold concerts to events and even the National Day Parade of  Singapore!
All in one…Pretty neat-eh mates!!
And finally, wayyyyy further left from the Floating Platform…

 “I’m sorry I can’t help you with that!!”
Wanna know why….?
 That’s because…
 I have absolutely no idea what those structures or landmarks are!!
Decided to take a walk over to the other side – where the supposed landmarks were supposed to be at…
 Here we are, and i still have no clue what this is or what it means – but nonetheless it sure looks stunning! 
Continued our walk along the riverside.
If I’m not mistaken, this river here should be called the Singapore River.
Singapore River
The Singapore River is a canal in Singapore with great historical importance. Despite its name, Singapore River is not a river because it lacks the three courses of a river. 
It flows from the Central Area, which lies in the Central Region in the southern part of Singapore before emptying into the ocean. The immediate upper watershed of the Singapore River is known as the Singapore River Planning Area, although the northernmost part of the watershed becomes River Valley.
As the Central Area is treated as a central business district, nearly all land surrounding it is commercial. It is one of about 90 rivers in Singapore and its islands. It is the place where Raffles made the 1st trading port in Singapore. 
The Singapore River is the most famous river in Singapore.
Cavenagh Bridge
 Cavenagh Bridge is the only suspension bridge and one of the oldest bridges in Singapore, spanning the lower reaches of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core.
Opened in 1870 to commemorate Singapore’s new Crown colony of the Straits Settlements status in 1867, it is the oldest bridge in Singapore that exists in its original form.
Originally known as the Edinburgh Bridge to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, its name was changed to Cavenagh Bridge in honor of Major General William Orfeur Cavenagh, the last India-appointed Governor of the Straits Settlements, who governed from 1859 to 1867.
The coat of arms of the Cavenagh family can still be seen atop the signage at both ends of the bridge.
 As we cross this bridge, we immediately arrived at the doors of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a five-star luxury hotel located near the mouth of the Singapore River, in the Downtown Core of Central Area, Singapore. It was originally known as The Fullerton Building, and also as the General Post Office Building.
 The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has 400 rooms and suites which either overlook the atrium courtyard, or face downtown Singapore’s skyline, the Singapore River promenade or the Marina Bay.
The hotel has a 25 meter outdoor infinity swimming pool, fitness center and a luxury spa. It also has five food and beverage outlets.
For business travelers, the hotel has a 24-hour financial center with the Bloomberg Professional service that provides financial reports and world news, and 15 meeting rooms equipped with conference facilities.
 The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has won major travel awards such as the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List award. 
This a really good hotel that provides you with great views of Singapore – both old and new: co-existing in harmony. 
Esplanade is a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River, purpose-built to be the center for performing arts for the island nation of Singapore. Taking its design from a durian fruit, it contains a Concert Hall which seats about 1,600 and a Theater with a capacity to house about 2000 people – for the performing arts scene.
Dalhousie Obelisk
The Dalhousie Obelisk is a memorial obelisk in the Civic District of Singapore, located on the north bank of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core – within the Central Area in Singapore’s central business district.
The Obelisk is situated at Empress Place, near the Asian Civilizations Museum and the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall, and the Anderson Bridge near the mouth of the Singapore River.
Look out for the obelisk, built to commemorate the visit of the then Governor-General of India, Lord James Andrew, Marquis of Dalhousie, and 
his wife in 1850. 
It stands as a reminder to all 
merchants of the benefits of free trade.
Old Supreme Court and City Hall
Look across the Padang. Two important state buildings – Old Supreme Court and City Hall 
– stand side by side. The Old Supreme Court  Building, built on the site of the former Hotel de L’Europe in 1939, is gazetted as a national monument.
Even from this distance at Esplanade Park, you can view its interesting architecture, in particular the large Corinthian columns and a miniature version of the dome found in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Built between 1926 and 1929, the City Hall building was the scene of many important events in the history of Singapore. One of them was the signing of surrender papers when Admiral Lord Louis 
Mountbatten accepted the surrender of the Japanese 
forces on behalf of the Allied Forces on 12 September 1945.
Victoria Theatre Concert Hall
The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, the buildings behind the Raffles statue, are a symbol of Singapore’s thriving cultural scene.
The Victoria Theatre, built between 1856 and 1862, is of 19th century British neoclassical architecture. This 
building served as the Singapore Town Hall and later became the theatre.
Victoria Concert Hall, then known as Victoria Memorial, was built later in memory of Queen Victoria in 1905. 
This second building served as a hospital when the Japanese bombed Singapore in 1941–1942, and had housed Japanese war crime trials at the end of WWII in 1945.
Look out specially for the magnificent  54-meter clock tower that links the two buildings.
Parliament House of Singapore
The Parliament House of Singapore is a public building and cultural landmark and houses the Parliament of Singapore. It is located in the Civic District of the Downtown Core within Singapore’s central business district – the Central Area. 
Within its vicinity is Raffles Place, which lies across it from the Singapore River, and the Supreme Court’s building across the road. 
The building was designed to represent a contemporary architectural expression of stateliness and authority. 
The prism-shaped top, designed by the late former president Ong Teng Cheong, was similarly a modernist take on the traditional dome.
Supreme Court of Singapore
This building is clad in translucent sheets of Portuguese rosa aurora marble. The liberal use of glass in atria, skylights and lift shafts, and the open layout of the building, are said to signify the ideal of transparency in the law.
There are 12 civil courts, eight criminal courts and three appellate courts. 
High Court hearings take place in courtrooms on the second through sixth stories, while the Court of Appeal is on the ninth story, the highest level, in a disc-shaped structure.
This disc-shaped structure that is a modern interpretation of the Old Supreme Court Building’s dome and is intended to represent the impartiality of justice.
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6 thoughts on “♖ Historical Colonial Buildings & Cultural Icons – Singapore

  1. Singapore seems awesome! I would love to go there one day!

  2. I can’t wait either for the movie to come out! It’s going to be so awesome!!
    Did you like the first Hobbit movie?

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