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Friday, August 4, 2017

Wanderer's Diary: "Crossing Cavenagh Bridge"

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There is no greater pleasure than walking by the river and if the river showcases interesting art elements as you walk by, the pleasure is inexplicable. That is my experience as I walked by Singapore River. Interesting details, excellent depiction, so much to see in Singapore River Trail. In the global modern art arena, Singapore has an important role representing contemporary Asia. 

The Start at Cavenagh bridge

Cavenagh bridge is one of the oldest bridge in Singapore. It was built to connect the financial district and the colonial buildings during the 19th century. Located near the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore, the suspension bridge is in its oldest form since its construction.



 

When entered from the Fullerton Hotel, the bridge welcome us with wonderful things to offer. The Fullerton hotel itself is a great piece of architectural work and one of the important neoclassical building in Singapore.

Arts and Sculpture collection

The bridge has statues collection on both sides depicting the early scenes of the Singapore's emergence as a trade settlement. The statues show us a glimpse of Singapore's past that is not a common scene today such as "Children jumping into the Singapore River", "Chinese and Indian Coolies helping their master" and "Chettiars, the former money lenders at work", etc.,

 

24 Hours in Singapore

The sound sculpture by Baet Yeok Kuan is one of the exciting sculpture around this area. Located near the Asian Civilisation Museum, this sound sculpture plays back the sounds that you will hear in the daily Singapore life. The steel balls reflect the sky, clouds and the buildings around giving the never before excitement.


Sir Stamford Raffles Statue

As we walk further on the trails of Jubilee Walk, we shall find the famous "Raffles" statue. Installed in the place where he originally landed. Singapore was a fishing village when he landed and his contributions to turn it into a trade center are highly regarded even today.

 

Victoria Theatre

Victoria theatre is another beautiful masterpiece in Singapore architectural landscape. Located near the Raffles statue, this building, the clock tower and every element of it admires you.

National Gallery

One of the neoclassical buildings in Singapore, but unique in terms of size and beauty. The dome and the columns are amazingly built. There are 15 galleries here. This place requires at least a day to explore. There are also artists performing on the road and inside the gallery offering loads of entertainment. 



Coleman Deck

There is a deck in National Gallery, named after the architect "Coleman" who was the instrumental architect of some iconic Singapore buildings. The deck gives an exciting view of the Singapore's financial and civic district.



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