Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore

Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore

Lying between the Empress Place and the Fullerton building, in the heart of Singapore, Cavenagh Bridge is one of the witnesses of the city-state's history. With its elegant suspension struts, it is considered to be the sole bridge on the Singapore river that has survived intact in its original form since construction, when it replaced its more rudimentary pedestrian predecessor.

Initially called the Edinburgh Bridge to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, its name was eventually changed in honor of Major General William Cavenagh who was the last India-appointed Governor of the Straits Settlements. The bridge itself was actually built in Glasgow and then shipped to Singapore in sections for the local assembly by Indian convict laborers in 1869. Later, in 1910, when the nearby Anderson Bridge was completed, it was due for demolition but, fortunately, that decision was changed in favor of converting into a pedestrian-only bridge. Hence, as long as they weight not more than 152 kgs or 336lbs – which is the technical restriction here – people are welcome to cross the bridge as they please!

Aside for the historical significance, which is a big draw here, there is a rather curious (and undeniably cute) family of cats cast in sculpture at the end of the bridge near Fullerton Hotel and if, for any reason, you want to jump into the Singapore river, then just look for the river-diving bronze kids on the opposite bank and follow their suit! More photo opportunities of sculptures depicting life back in the days of yore are readily available on the south bank.

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Sight Name: Cavenagh Bridge
Sight Location: Singapore, Singapore
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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