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Some more postcards from Singapore

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

A ‘bumboat’ on the Singapore River

The Fullerton Hotel by the Singapore River.

The stunning Fullerton Hotel at night. It used to be Singapore’s General Post Office earlier!

The iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the Merlion park.

Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion

Little India
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.
Little India

A multicolored Chinese villa in Little India

A Chinese villa in Little India

One of its occupants is a restaurant called Andhra Curry!

Abdul Gafoor Mosque, Little India, Singapore

The Abdul Gafoor Mosque built by Muslims who came to Singapore from South India

Chinatown

Raffles divided Singapore into portions and sort of segregated the areas by community. Chinatown, was the neighborhood that the ethnic Chinese were allotted.

Lanterns at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Chinatown, Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. The sacred tooth relic is a tooth from Lord Buddha’s cremated remains.

The Avalokiteshwara Hall in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown, Singapore

The Avalokitesvara Hall in the Tooth Relic Temple

The Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea

The Thian Hock Keng Temple dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea

The Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of the Sea

Inside the temple

Shophouse architecture
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.
Traditional Shophouse architecture in Chinatown, Singapore
Chinese masks in Chinatown, Singapore
Chinese Lanterns in front of a shophouse in Chinatown, SingaporeTraditional shophouse architecture in Chinatown, SingaporeTraditional shophouse architecture in Chinatown, Singapore
Cafes and Boutiques in restored shophouses on Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, SingaporeAnn Siang Hill, ChinatownAnn Siang Hill, ChinatownAnn Siang Hill, ChinatownAnn Siang Hill, Chinatown 
Check out some more incredible shophouse architecture in my photo essay on Kampong Glam, Singapore’s Malay and Arab Muslim neighborhood.
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  • Reply SojyJohn March 31, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    kollam

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