Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Singapore Day 4

Today we had a quiet day repacking to head to Paris tonight, after we checked out we went for some lunch then walked to see the famous Raffles Hotel. We had a rest in the shade by the fountain.

Jan looking very happy under the fan on the verandah of Raffles Hotel.

The year was 1887 when the doors to the Raffles Hotel Singapore first opened. Since then, this luxury five star hotel in Singapore has become an icon that epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial design.

We walked to Clarke Quay to catch a Singapore River Bumboat along the river. The boats use to ferry cargo at Singapore’s historic trading port. Along the way we saw St Andrews Cathedral. The land on which the cathedral stands was allocated by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822 for the site of an Anglican church, however, construction did not begin until funds were raised by the community in 1834. The church was named Saint Andrew after the patron saint of Scotland in honour of the Scottish community who had donated to the building fund.

The Parliament Building of Singapore.

The mythical Merlion with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The body symbolises Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning 'sea town' in Old Javanese. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. Standsing 8.6 metres tall and weighs 70 tonnes.

Marina Bay Sands opened in 2010, it was billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost.

The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-metre (1,300,000 sq ft) convention-exhibition centre, the 74,000 m2 (800,000 sq ft) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, a skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.

The complex is topped by a 340-metre-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150 m (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 m (220 ft).

The new and the old side by side on the Riverfront.

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