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March 12, 2012
From journal Sightseeing in Singapore
October 22, 2004
Opposite you can see the beautiful Fullerton Hotel, which used to be the General Post Office. But don’t be distracted; follow the paved path under the bridge and you will come to Queen Elizabeth Walk. Here you can enjoy the sea view and little garden. Within this area is a memorial to war hero Lim Bo Seng and Singapore’s first water fountain.
Following this path will lead you to the Esplanade, Singapore’s largest Arts Centre also known affectionately as The Durian. There are numerous arts performances going on from different parts of the world. Within this centre are also specialty shops, a public library specialising in theatre and the arts, an exhibition area (Jendala), and nice restaurants.
By this time you should be tired, so just sit by the River and enjoy the twinkling lights of downtown Singapore.
From journal Singapore Secrets
River taxis are a great way to get an overview of the river and its surroundings although it isn’t the cheapest. A half-hour round trip along the Singapore River and out to the Merlion and back costs about S$12, and tickets can be purchased along the little jetties and kiosks all along the River. The plus point is the novelty of travelling in an authentic bumboat. These bumboats also called towkows, used to crowd the Singapore river and were used to transport goods from the ships to the godowns (warehouses). The boats are now gaily decorated with red lanterns at night and have English commentaries.
Walking at evening can be a beautiful experience. On a hot sunny day, one can see the lovely red and blue colours of dusk, and after seven, the twinkling lights from the office buildings and pubs. If you have an hour or so, I would suggest the following walk.
Take an MRT to Raffles Place station and make your way to Boat Quay. Here you will see the former godowns converted into pubs and restaurants. A drink or a meal by the river can be very pleasant. Expatriates also converge here especially on Friday nights. Check out Harry’s and Penny Black.
Followed the paved path and walk under the bridge. This will take you to Riverwalk galleria, which has a few good restaurants. Jumbo, a popular seafood chain, has a new restaurant there. If you are game, try the local hot and spicy specialties like Chilli Crah or Black Pepper Crab. There is also a nice, if a bit pricey, steakhouse on the second floor known as Just Steak.
Continue following the paved path, which will take you under another bridge. Emerging from the other side, walk straight and you will pass by the Swissotel Merchant Court hotel, which has an excellent local buffet at its Ellenborough Market café. The next building is Riverside Point. If you happen to visit on a Friday night, go up to the third floor and visit the Singapore History Museum, which has a small but interesting exhibition on the Singapore River. The Museum is free and open till 9pm only on Friday nights. The most popular place in this building is Brewerkz, a microbrewery that serves many varieties of beer and American-style food.
After Riverside point, you may continue walking down to Robertson Quay, but that tends to be a quieter area. So cross the Ord bridge and you will come to Clarke Quay. Clarke Quay has an interesting assortment of ethnic restaurants and fun touristy shops. At the end of the Quay is also the new G-MAX reverse bungee for those who would like their heart to beat a little faster.