A walking tour along the Singapore River was what I was most excited about. Singapore is one of those cities where its river has had a significant impact in its history and development into the mega city that it is today.
We would’ve already explored the area along the banks of the Singapore River if not for several mishaps, which offset our sightseeing plans. To keep up with our itinerary, we spent the whole day for a DIY photo walk along the banks of the Singapore River and old streets of nearby Chinatown.
We started from the City Hall MRT station and worked our way towards the Esplanade.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Interiors of St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Buildings near the exit of the City Hall MRT
Immaculately clean streets
Singapore Parliament House
A very serious looking building with its slate-gray coat.
Singapore Supreme Court
Parliament of Singapore Museum
Victoria Concert Hall
Old Supreme Court Building. Last Classical architecture building to be built on the former British colony.
Darn F1 track structures
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Old Parliament House
Elgin Bridge. The first bridge to be built across the Singapore River.
Shaded promenade along the Singapore River.
Quaint shop houses of Boat Quay.
View of Singapore CBD across the river
Arts House at the Old Parliament
Helpful maps for tourists
Life-size bronze sculptures depicting “the River Merchants.”
A Scotsman, Alexander Johnston, is seated, speaking to a Malay chief and a Chinese merchant.
Fullerton Hotel and the Cavernagh Bridge
Asian Civilization Museum
Vintage cars exhibit at the Esplanade Park
Singapore CBD Skyline
Esplanade Bridge with the Singapore Skyline
Durian-shaped roof of the Esplade peeping through the trees
Some angles of the esplanade aren’t very flattering
Nice cable stayed tent-like roof over the open-air stage
Dyatime view of the Merlion
Loved the extemely pedestrian friendly streets of Singapore
Better angles of the Esplanade
The old and the new
The old, the new, and nature
Singapore is a nice place to grow old in
Merlion Park with the Marina Bay sands
That UFO-like structure really caught my eye. It’s part of the new Supreme Court Building. I think it totally ruins the exquisite dome of the old building.
The overcast morning light wasn’t very flattering for a photo walk of the Singapore River. If our initial plans pushed through, I would’ve wanted to visit the area in the late afternoon.
I’ve envisioned taking long exposure photos of the Singapore River’s calm waters being illuminated by the nightlights of the towering skyscrapers. I can only hope that there will be a next time. It was already our last day in Singapore :(
After crossing to the other side of the river, we continued our walk through the busy streets of the Central Business District and then into Singapore’s famed Chinatown.