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Best time to visit: In the morning for riverside attractions and in the evening for a meal or a bumboat ride.
The Singapore River has been an economic artery for the island since its days as a rustic enclave of the early settlers. Go on a bumboat ride and immerse yourself in its rich history. Visit the Merlion Park and the landing site of Raffles. For some tranquil moments, stop by the oldest mosque of the island – the Omar Kampong Melaka Mosque or the Taoist Tan Si Chong Su Temple. Or learn more of the region‟s heritage at eh Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place. Don't forget to pop by the architectural icon: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, a world-class performance arts centre that also houses a range of retail and F&B outlets. The areas around the Singapore River now play host to an array of cultural spots, restaurants and nocturnal hangouts.
As the sun sets, watch Singapore River come alive with locals and visitors coming here for a drink, a hearty meal or a night of partying.
Clubs abound at Clarke Quay, such as the famous Ministry of Sound (#01-02 Blk.C Clarke Quay, River Valley Rd., 6235-2292) while pubs like Harry's Bar (28 Boat Quay, 6538-3029) can be found at Boat Quay. For fancy eating spots like Brasserie Wolf (#01-13 The Pier at Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd; 6835-7818), head for Robertson Quay.
Raffles Landing Site
A pure white polymarble statue of Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, stands proud on the same spot where he had first step foot in Singapore. The original sculpture which was cast in bronze by Thomas Woolner stands outside the Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre.