Saturday, 2 July 2011

Panoramas of the Singapore River

The Singapore River, now a legitimate tourist site, was for many years the lifeblood of Singapore's seaport economy. This stretch of calm water was once occupied by hundreds of little boats (tongkangs) which ferried goods from ships to the godowns of Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, and contributing to some of Singapore's most polluted waterways. After the big clean-up of the 1980s, it is now squeaky clean (and almost sterile, like much of the nation).

A glimpse of skyscrapers and Boat Quay.

A close-up of Boat Quay.

A distinctive lowrise Singapore skyline.

A upstream view with Elgin Bridge on the right.

Old Parliament House (left), Empress Place Building (centre) and the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles. near the site where he first landed in 1819 and claimed Temasek for the British Empire.

No comments: