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Raffles Hotel, Singapore

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The old Raffles Hotel in Singapore just a short walk to the Raffles City. Built in 1887 this Hotel was visited by many distinguished guests like the writer Noel Coward.

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A: SINGAPORE - Raffles Hotel, The Palm Garden

Af Julien Mordret, 80 meter væk

The Raffles Hotel is a real oasis of luxury in the heart of Singapore. Its splendid colonial facades ...

SINGAPORE - Raffles Hotel, The Palm Garden

B: SINGAPORE - Raffles Hotel, The Fern Court

Af Julien Mordret, 120 meter væk

The Raffles Hotel bears the name of Sir Raffles, founder of Singapore. It was built in 1887 and has b...

SINGAPORE - Raffles Hotel, The Fern Court

C: Inside of Chijmes

Af Lim Zhi Min, 290 meter væk

Chijmes a Beautiful Historic Building in Singapore The premier lifestyle destination in Singapore, Ch...

Inside of Chijmes

D: Inside The Chijmes a Beautiful Historic Building in Singapore

Af Lim Zhi Min, 290 meter væk

Chijmes a Beautiful Historic Building in Singapore The premier lifestyle destination in Singapore, Ch...

Inside The Chijmes a Beautiful Historic Building in Singapore

E: CHIJMES - Chapel

Af Aram Pan, 370 meter væk

CHIJMES was previously known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus. Originally built in 1904, it is...

CHIJMES - Chapel

F: Front of Chijmes Singapore

Af Lim Zhi Min, 380 meter væk

Virtual Tour | Chijmes a Beautiful Historic Building in Singapore The premier lifestyle destination i...

Front of Chijmes Singapore

H: Saint Andrew's Cathedral

Af Lim Zhi Min, 420 meter væk

Saint Andrew's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Singapore, the country's largest cathedral. It i...

Saint Andrew's Cathedral

I: Fountain of Wealth

Af Min Heo, 440 meter væk

The Fountain of Wealth (Chinese: 财富之泉) is listed by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the large...

Fountain of Wealth

J: Esplanade Mall 360

Af Jonathan Danker, 460 meter væk

An exterior view of esplanade mall. It's so difficult to get this place with no one in it!

Esplanade Mall 360

Dette panorama blev taget i Singapore

Dette er et overblik over Singapore

Singapore began as a boat quay at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its early days bear few written accounts which are made more difficult to interpret due to the many names it has had. Its original name in Malay meant "island at the end" of the peninsula.

In the middle ages there was a settlement here with a trading post and fishing village; today Singapore technically contains sixty-three small islands. Here's a good view of the city from Merlion Park and up close at Raffles Place.

From the fifteenth century onwards Singapore's warring neighbors took turns taking over control of the city. Over the past five centuries this port city has been the property of Siam, the Majapahit Empire of Java, Thailand, Portugal, Britain, Japan and Malaysia. Singapore finally achieved its independence in 1959 and has existed as the Republic of Singapore, a UN member nation.

Singapore is really interesting because it's one of only five sovereign city-states which survived the colonial expansion period of world history. (The others are Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra.) Its history as a busy port city has brought traders from all over the world, and their influence is commemorated in some interesting works of art. For example, see the British tea merchants along the Singapore river, and the Asian Civilizations Museum.

In the nineteenth century Singapore was a major port for ships traveling between Europe and East Asia. During WWII the Battle of Singapore ended with the largest British surrender in history -- nearly 130,000 troops.

Next time you have the chance to pass through Singapore, make sure to visit the zoo and see the white tigers, and be glad there's a fence in between. Also note how clean the city is, even under a bridge.

Text by Steve Smith.

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