Singapore: Colonial District National Monuments Walking Tour, Singapore

The Colonial District was founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles on the east bank of the Singapore River. There are monuments that are recognized all over the world as symbols of Singapore and they evoke the city-state's rich historical past. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous national monuments of the Colonial District:
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Singapore: Colonial District National Monuments Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Singapore: Colonial District National Monuments Walking Tour
Guide Location: Singapore » Singapore (See other walking tours in Singapore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: vickyc
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Merlion Statue

1) Merlion Statue (must see)

The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a marketing icon with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "lion city" or "kota singa". The symbol was designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner, a member of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, for the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in use from 26 March 1964 to 1997 and has been its trademarked symbol since 20 July 1966. Although the STB changed their logo in 1997, the STB Act continues to protect the Merlion symbol. Approval must be received from STB before it can be used. The Merlion appears frequently on STB-approved souvenirs. The merlion—a statue with the body of a fish and the head of a lion—occurs in a number of different artistic traditions. Lions with fishtails can be found on Indian murals at Ajanta and Mathura, and on Etruscan coins of the Hellenistic period. Merlions, or ‘heraldic sea-lions’, are an established element of Western heraldry, and have been used on the coat of arms of the cities of Portsmouth and Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom; the City of Manila; and the East India Company.

Why You Should Visit:
One good look at the Merlion and you'll be elevated to a transcendent plane of tourist bliss, having walked miles to see a statue of a fish+lion spouting water.

Tip:
Stand on the left of the Merlion for a commanding view of Marina Bay Sands.
Stand on the right of the Merlion for a most glorious view of the city skyscrapers and the Singapore Flyer.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Raffles' Landing Site

2) Raffles' Landing Site (must see)

The Raffles' Landing Site is marked by Sir Stamford Raffles' statue. Raffles was the person who founded Singapore. It is set on the north bank of the Singapore River, the place where the city first appeared. Now it is a modern business center of Singapore with skyscrapers all over the place. The Plaque at the landing site reads "On this historic site, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore on 29th January 1819, and with genius and perception changed the destiny of Singapore from an obscure fishing village to a great seaport and modern metropolis."

Why You Should Visit:
This side of the river is the Civic Precinct, with government buildings, concert hall, galleries and museums – very different from Boat Quay and an enjoyable walk.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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City Hall

3) City Hall

The City Hall of Singapore is a national monument where the government of the city sits. It is situated opposite the Padang which is a field reserved by Stamford Raffles - founder of the city - for public events. Nearby is the Supreme Court of Singapore. Visitors are allowed inside. They can see the Corinthian colonnade and the main building.
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Saint Andrew's Cathedral

4) Saint Andrew's Cathedral

Saint Andrew's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Singapore. It is a very beautiful and impressive Anglican Church built in the Neo-Gothic style. It was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original building. There were rumors that the place was haunted by unhappy spirits and the church was closed. During the Japanese invasion the church served as an emergency hospital. Since 1973 it has been a monument of national importance in Singapore.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd Singapore

5) Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd Singapore

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore. It is located in the Museum Planning Area within the Civic District and affords a welcome respite from the city. Bounded by the parallel Queen and Victoria Streets, and Bras Basah Road, the Cathedral sits within well-shaded grounds. Much of its architecture is reminiscent of two famous London churches namely St Paul's, Covent Garden and St Martin-in-the-Fields. The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore and the seat of its archbishop. It is the final resting place of Bishop Edouard Gasnier, the first bishop of the revived Diocese of Malacca and aptly houses the relics of Saint Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert, to whom the Cathedral owes its name. The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is built in a restrained Renaissance style. Its porticos are in the Palladian manner, which was established here by George Drumgoole Coleman. Its plan is in the form of a Latin cross and like all traditional churches, it is orientated east. Its high timber ceiling and its sensitive and harmonious use of round arches lend the building much grace and charm. The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd houses two pipe organs – the Gallery Organ in the second floor gallery and the Choir Organ in an elevated box in the north transept. It is notable that the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the only church in Singapore to have two organs that can sound within the same space.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Early Founders Memorial Stone

6) Early Founders Memorial Stone

The Foundation Stone of the Monument to the Early Founders of Singapore, also called the Early Founders Memorial Stone, is a national memorial dedicated to the early founders, also known as "Unknown Immigrants", of Singapore. There are no famous names on it. It transcends all ethnic groups in Singapore and commemorates those who contributed to the creation of a modern multiracial, multilingual Singapore.

Walking Tours in Singapore, Singapore

Create Your Own Walk in Singapore

Create Your Own Walk in Singapore

Creating your own self-guided walk in Singapore is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Areas Walking Tour of Singapore

Shopping Areas Walking Tour of Singapore

Singapore being a melting pot of Asian nations, you can pick up stuff from all across Asia here. This self-guided tour will take you through pedestrian shopping plazas, historical shop-houses in Chinatown and local ethnic markets. Enjoy!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Singapore without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Singapore, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Romantic Singapore Walking Tour

Romantic Singapore Walking Tour

Singapore is both romantic and exotic. With its multicultural population it offers great cuisine. Due to its location, its seascape and cityscape are unique and make Singapore an absolutely romantic place. Enjoy romantic and intimate moments by visiting the places mentioned in this self-guided tour:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Singapore: Colonial District Cultural Walking Tour

Singapore: Colonial District Cultural Walking Tour

Singapore's culture is a combination of Chinese, Hindu, Arab and other cultures. People living in Singapore are immigrants from different parts of the world. This self-guided tour will lead you through the Colonial District also known as the Civic District, where you can see how these different cultures were integrated to make up this city-state's culture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Art Galleries of Singapore Walking Tour

Art Galleries of Singapore Walking Tour

Singapore Art is a mixture of the art of the Asian nations that compose its population. There are a lot of marine landscapes and island idylls. Just take the self-guided tour that follows in order to explore and discover Southeast Asian art.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Singapore: Chinatown Walking Tour

Singapore: Chinatown Walking Tour

The Chinese make up a majority of the population in Singapore. Chinatown is, therefore, a district full of valuable historical and architectural monuments. There are Chinese, Hindu and Moslem places of worship in this locality. There are also many wonderful shop-houses that sell exotic items to be found nowhere else. This self-guided tour will take you through the most popular places in Singapore's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km

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