Riverside, Singapore


The bulk of Singapore's historical attractions are packed along the riverside and the best place to start is at the mouth of the Singapore River. While this area has been the downtown core of Singapore since the early 19th century, sadly, most of the iconic shophouses and street markets have given way to modern skyscrapers and shopping centres. Those wishing to experience a more authentic slice of colonial Singapore should head north to the island of Penang (in Malaysia), where many similar colonial era buildings remain.
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Not all is lost though, and several important government buildings and places of worship dating back to the 19th century still survive, providing a rare glimpse into the city's colonial past. Most of the colonial buildings are located on the river's northern bank, near the river mouth. A notable building is the grand Empress Place Building, built in 1865 and during the colonial era was used to house various government offices. Today, it is part of the Asian Civilisations Museum. Nearby is the Old Parliament House, built in 1827 and once housed Singapore's parliament until moved to a new building in 1999. Today, it is an arts and heritage centre known as Arts House at the Old Parliament.

Empress Place Building, Singapore

Empress Place Building

Esplanade Park is situated north of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core area. Built in 1943 and redeveloped in 1991, the park is one of Singapore's oldest parks. A pleasant and scenic park for a stroll or to rest your tired feet after you are done exploring the area. Within the park is the Cenotaph (honouring the British soldiers who lost their lives during the First and Second World War), Tan Kim Seng Fountain (dedicated to a prominent merchant and philanthropist in the 19th century) and Lim Bo Seng Memorial (dedicated to a Singaporean war hero during the Second World War).

Esplanade Park, Singapore

Esplanade Park

The 1-Altitude Viewing Gallery (situated at the rooftop of the OUB Centre) offers an unparalleled 360-degree view of Singapore from the highest point on the island at 282 metres. Visitors receive hi-tech interactive gadgets, which allow them to see information about the places they are looking at. Each visit ends with a photo taken by specially mounted camera with a spectacular view of the Marina Bay as a background. Opens daily and tickets cost SGD25 for day entrance (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and SGD40 thereafter until 10:00 p.m.

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