Riverside, Singapore


Due to the high level of commercial activities and rapid urbanization, the Singapore River was once heavily polluted, caused by disposal of garbage and sewage as well as wastes from the nearby farms and industries. Thus, a clean-up operation began that was to last almost a decade and completed in 1987. The river was also dredged to remove tons of debris which had piled up over more than 100 years and the neighborhood restored.
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Marine life eventually returned and now the entire Singapore River and its riverbanks are lovely places for a walk. Strolling along the riverbanks, there are small green gardens, old-style bridges and historical colonial buildings as well as old shophouses and converted warehouses. There are also the modern and aesthetic skyscrapers and the nightlife of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. The riverbanks are also popular with joggers who come here in the early mornings and late afternoons when it is cooler. You can find benches strategically located under the shady trees for you to relax and enjoy the scenic views across the river.
Strolling along the Singapore River

Strolling along the Singapore River

G-Max Reverse Bungy
3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay. Rides: SGD45 per person.
If you'd like something a little more adrenaline-laden, head to Clarke Quay for the G-Max Reverse Bungy ride. Instead of jumping down, your are strapped onto a gondola and flung upwards 60 metres into the air by bungy cords at speeds of 200 km per hour before dropping down. There is the tamer GX-5 version, shooting you 50 metres instead at a slower speed of 120 km per hour. The rides operate daily from 2:00 p.m. until midnight.

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall
9 Empress Place (near Raffles Place MRT Station).
This Victorian building was built by the British in the 19th century and was Singapore's premier arts centre until the Esplanade came and stole the limelight. Still it is the venue for several cultural performances such as the Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Sun Festival and weekly performances by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Singapore's nightlife is almost entirely concentrated along the banks of the Singapore River. The main night spots are Boat Quay, located south of the river next to the financial district (near the MRT Raffles Place Station) and Clarke Quay on the north bank and a few blocks inland (near the MRT Clarke Quay Station). Less well known but also worth a look is Circular Road, situated parallel to Boat Quay and just behind it. Another is Robertson Quay, an up-and-coming nightlife and restaurant zone situated on the western end of the river. 

Boat Quay, Singapore

Nightlife in Boat Quay

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