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Singapore River Cruise

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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed near this spot in 1819 and established a small British trading outpost that has today transformed into the modern city of Singapore. The river was once a polluted and congested commercial lifeline; today it is a clean and pleasant tourist cruise attraction.

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A: Singapore River

by Didi Lotze, 30 meters away

Singapore River

B: Statue Of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

by Edgardo Gozun Tumang, 40 meters away

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamford_Raffles Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (6 July 1781 – 5 Ju...

Statue Of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

C: Singapore River (3)

by Jedsada Puangsaichai, 80 meters away

Singapore River (3)

D: Asian Civilisations Museum

by Didi Lotze, 100 meters away

Asian Civilisations Museum

E: Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

by Daniel Oi, 120 meters away

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

F: Indochinerestaurant Lr1

by Travel-Sphere.com, 120 meters away

Indochinerestaurant Lr1

G: Boat Quay

by Willy Kaemena, 140 meters away

Singapore River and Boat Quay, shortly after sunset

Boat Quay

H: Elgin Bridge, Singapore

by Daniel Oi, 170 meters away

Elgin Bridge, Singapore

I: 1northbridge P

by Travel-Sphere.com, 170 meters away

1northbridge P

J: Boat Quay

by Willy Kaemena, 170 meters away

Singapore Boat Quay. Where the history of Singapore began.

Boat Quay

This panorama was taken in Singapore

This is an overview of 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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