As I was going through my photos, I was tempted to do just one more post about Singapore. This is a random bunch of pictures from different parts of the city.
The Singapore River
The river has always been very important to this island country – it was through this waterway that Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles sailed in from the sea. Apparently, the river was absolutely filthy until the 70s, after which a massive clean up project was undertaken, and the rest is history. The riverside, along with the Marina Bay artificially formed at the mouth of the river by land reclamation, is home to some of Singapore’s most iconic sights.
A ‘bumboat’ on the Singapore River
The stunning Fullerton Hotel at night. It used to be Singapore’s General Post Office earlier!
Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion
Singaporean Indians (a huge percentage are Tamils) form one of Singapore’s largest ethnic communities, and Tamil is one of the country’s official languages. Little India is full of Indian shops and restaurants.
A multicolored Chinese villa in Little India
One of its occupants is a restaurant called Andhra Curry!
The Abdul Gafoor Mosque built by Muslims who came to Singapore from South India
Raffles divided Singapore into portions and sort of segregated the areas by community. Chinatown, was the neighborhood that the ethnic Chinese were allotted.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. The sacred tooth relic is a tooth from Lord Buddha’s cremated remains.
The Avalokitesvara Hall in the Tooth Relic Temple
The Thian Hock Keng Temple dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea
Inside the temple
Chinatown is full of beautifully restored shophouses. Shophouses are common in Southeast Asia with shops in the lower floor and houses in the upper floors.