Downtown Singapore

26 January 2019

A stroll through Chinatown and the Central Business District, and around Marina Bay. What impressed me most is the contrast between old colonial-style (and some Chinese-style) architecture, and the modern high-rises towering above everything else.

The roof and clocktower of Telok Ayer Market, a restored Victorian-style food market, dwarfed by skyscrapers.

More of that contrast.

Chinese new year's decorations at the Thian Hock Keng temple.

And more contrasts.

The Buddha Tooth Relic temple.

And yet more contrasts.

The Asian Civilisations Museum (in the old Empress Place Building) with the futuristic Marina Bay Sands Hotel popping up behind it.

The old boat quay, again contrasted by high-rises.

Then the obligatory snap from Merlion park. The Merlion, half lion and half fish, is the official mascot of Singapore.

And a view across the river.

The view back to the Central Business District from across the river.

And then the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Map and additional information

GPS track Downtown.gpx
Trailhead coordinates 1.279246, 103.852781
Length & cumulative elevation 7.2km, +0/-0m
Public transport Several MRT stations and many buses in the area.
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All images © 2019 Wim Hordijk