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Landmarks and Memorials of Singapore


Victoria Street, (11am till late)
Formerly a convent, Chijmes is a unique blend of historical architecture and modern restoration. Gothic Chapel, erected in 1890, is a showcase of plasterwork, delicate wall frescoes and stained glass. Aside from the chapel, Chijmes also boats Caldwell House (the oldest free-standing house in Singapore) with a sunken forecourt, waterfalls and fountains. The grounds of Chijmes are home to art galleries, boutiques, and a lavish selection of fine dining restaurants, wine bars and cafes.

Civilian War Memorial
Between Raffles City Complex & Marina Square
This 67-m high landmark symbolizes the four main races and the lives lost during Japanese Occupation in Singapore.

Kranji War Memorial
9 Woodlands Road 22 km
Located off Woodlands, Kranji War Memorial is the final resting place of thousands of Allied troops, who died in Southeast Asia during World War II. A register containing names of the war's soldiers is available for inspection. Kranji is also where past Presidents of Singapore are buried.

Merlion Park
Fullerton Road (near mouth of Singapore River), (7-22 daily)
Located across from Fullerton Square, Merlion (half lion, half fish) is the ubiquitous tourism symbol of Singapore.

Old Parliament House & Elephant Statue
Next to Empress Place
A stately two-story mansion designed and built by George Coleman, known as "Court House", Old Parliament House was constructed in 1827. It is Singapore's oldest government building and the previous home of Republic's Parliament, with a bronze elephant ( a gift from King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1871) fronting it.

Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road, Tel.: 337 1886
Built in 1887, it is the most famous landmark to carry the name of Singapore's founder and is one of the great 19th century hotels in the world. The hotel is famous for its Singapore Sling, its shopping arcade of 70 shops, a museum with Raffles Hotel memorabilia, Jubilee Hall, where musical and drama performances are held regularly, and the prestigious Raffles Culinary Academy.

Statues of Sir Stamford Raffles
Empress Place, near Victoria Concert Hall
The outpost that Raffles founded in 1819 has two statues to his memory. The first one, a dark bronze cast, which was officially unveiled in 1887, stands outside Victoria Theatre. The second statue cast in pure-white poly-marble was erected in 1972 on the banks of Singapore River to mark his landing site.

Supreme Court and City Hall
St. Andrew Road
Dating from 1939, this classical building with stout Corinthian columns is one of the last colonial constructions in the city. No less impressive is the huge flight of steps beneath the colonnade of the next monumental structure, City Hall. It was the setting for Japanese surrender in the end of world War II.


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