Singapore River: The Past
Legend has it that Sang Nila Utama, an ancient Sumatran prince, once landed along the river and saw an animal that he thought to be a lion. He named the island Singa Pure, or "Lion City."

In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles arrived on Singapore River and established a British trading port, which was Singapore's main commercial lifeline.

In the early days, the Singapore River was the place where trade flourished across the archipelago. The transformation from tidal creek to a port and commercial centre was essential to the rapid growth of the island as an entreport in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the river suffered problems with congestion and pollution over the years.

In 1977, the government spent S$2.85 million on cleaning up the Singapore River. The plan involved the re-development of infrastructure such as housing, industrial workshops and sewage; massive resettlement of squatters, backyard trades and industries and farmers; re-siting of street hawkers to food centres; and phasing out of pollutive activities. Industries located by the river were removed and squatters were resettled into flats. Refuse was collected daily for incineration, while hawkers were issued licenses and provided specified areas with proper sewerage amenities. The dredging of the river bed and the removal of hundreds of tons of debris helped marine life to return to the tidal river.

Singapore River: The Present
The Singapore River is an important waterway symbolizing the growth and development of Singapore. It is now transformed from a working waterway to an attractive waterfront environment for housing, recreation, entertainment and commercial new developments


Boat Quay & Clarke Quay

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Things to do/Places to visit:
1) Singapore River Cruise
2) Chartered Boat Tour
3) G-Max Reverse Bungy, Clarke Quay
4) Raffles Landing Site: Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) of the British East India Company is believed to have landed on January 1819.
5) Merlion Park
6) Cavenagh Bridge: Oldest bridge along the Singapore River in its original form

Please visit Singapore River for more information.

Singapore River One.