Singapore River City Tour with TravelBuddee (Tour Blog Part 2)

Singapore River City Tour

Continuing on our Singapore tour in the central district, our Singaporean TravelBuddee – Janice took us to our first stop along Singapore River – Cavenagh Bridge.
Check out our Singapore District Tour – Tour Blog Part 1.

Cavenagh Bridge

One of the oldest bridge in Singapore, Cavenagh Bridge.

Cavenagh Bridge History

Sign at the top of Cavenagh Bridge


Cross over Singapore River

Side view of Cavenagh Bridge

Previously, the bridge used to be a crossing for various modes of transports between the two banks of Singapore River. Now the bridge only serves pedestrians to cross over the Singapore River.

The bridge was of great importance for the British officials as it was the link between the Raffles Place (was known as Commercial Square), government quarter and the Fullerton Hotel (was used for General Post Office).

Singapore River Financial Banks

The widest part of the river is where many banks are located. Why?

Sir Stamford Raffles Statue

After taking some pictures by the bridge, we crossed over Cavenagh Bridge, to the opposite side of Singapore River. It was much more cooling there with the shades of the tree, a brief reprieve from the heat (typical Singapore weather) despite it still being in the early morning.

We headed over to one of two Sir Stamford Raffles Statue in Singapore. The Raffles statue painted in black is located in front of Empress place, Victoria Memorial Hall while the white statue is at Raffles Landing Site.

Sir Stamford Raffles Singapore Map

Hey, is he stepping on a map?

It is believed that the statue that was erected at the landing site was where Raffles had first stepped foot in Singapore back in the 1800s.

Asian Civilisations Museum

Moving on, we followed the direction that Sir Stamford Raffles is facing. The building that you will see is the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Its exterior design still retains the past colonial style with not more than 2 – 3 storey per building.

ACM holds regular exhibits and permanent galleries which showcases the historical and cultural aspect of Singapore and Asia. Although we did not manage to go for any of the displays, it is a highly recommended place to visit while you are here.

Old Parliament House

Walk down to the old parliament house which is a stone throw away from the ACM. Janice led us into the Chamber where parliaments were once held before moving to the current parliament house.

Old Parliament House chamber audience seats

Audience seats at the Chamber

Renovation at Old Parliament

The chamber was under maintenance while we were there

National Gallery

The last stop in our Singapore River’s city tour is the National Gallery, an art gallery located in the Old Supreme Court and City Hall. We were sweating as we trudge our way to the National Gallery under the late morning sun. It was a rather short walk, but we felt immensely relieved once we reach the air-conditioned National Gallery. At last, a reprieve from the outdoor heat!

Tip: Bring a handheld/electronic fan with you, or you can buy it from the local stores. It can get really hot in Singapore, and not all places offer shades to hide from the heat.

Old Supereme Court and City Hall

The old Supreme Court with a majestic exterior design

Within the building, there are various exhibits which are open to the public. One of the more prominent exhibitions is the holding cells. Visitors get to peek into the past and see how the criminals were handled before they were brought to court.

National Gallery Holding Cell

Holding Cell Exhibition

For some panoramic view of the city line, head up to the sky garden. Get out your phone and start snapping pictures. It is one of the least obstructed views of Singapore with the Padang field in the middle.

Singapore Padang Field

Padang Field

Singapore Daytime Skyline

Can you spot the cruise ship?

This marks the end of the 1st & 2nd part of the Singapore tour in the central district. In the 3rd part, we will move away from the skyscrapers of Clarke Quay to the shophouses in Chinatown!

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*This is a private and customised Singapore tour that was discussed between our Local Buddee and her travellers.*