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“Along Singapore River” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Statue of Raffles

Statue of Raffles
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Ranked #128 of 796 things to do in Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Along Singapore River”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

You will get to the statue if you walk along Singapore River on the opposite side from boat quay.

Read about Sir Stamford Raffles before your visit so it will be more meaning when you take a picture with "him".

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“Historic Spot, easily missed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Marking the landing site of Sir Stamford Raffles on 29th Jan 1819. It is on the north bank of the river next to Victoria Theatre, the opposite side to all the restaurants on Boat Quay. There is not much on site information. He signed a treaty a week later on 6th Feb which was the formal founding of Singapore as a trading outpost of the British Empire. The Union Jack was then flown for the first time.

Visited August 2013
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Cape Paterson, Australia
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“Not much to see but that the photo op”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

OK this attraction isn't something you'd go out of your way to see, it is what it says on the tin - a statue of Sir Stamford Raffles on a plinth not far from the Art House or the Asian Civilisation Museum. In fact there is every chance if you do a bit of a wander along the Singapore River you'll wander past this in the course of your rambling.

Don't miss the opportunity to take a photo of the statue framed by the high rises in the background. It is an interesting juxtaposition and it makes you think of what the man would have thought of the way Singapore has progressed.

For those whose interest is piqued in relation to Sir Stamford Raffles then try the book by Victoria Glendinning called Raffles and the Golden Opportunity.

Visited November 2013
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“Historic, but not much else”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

This is essentially the same as the Raffles Landing Site. Take a walk along the Singapore River on the Istana side (not the CBD side) and enjoy a little piece of history, first with the Asian Civilisations Museum, and then the so-called Statue of Raffles. Sir Stamford Raffles of course was the person who colonised Singapore for the British Empire and essentially oversaw the demolition of the tropical jungle here and laid the foundation for what the country has become today. It's free, and nice to take a photo, but it should not be done as a standalone attraction; rather enroute to Clarke Quay for a bite to eat, or as mentioned before, after a visit to the nearby museum.

Visited March 2014
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“A lovely statue.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

While I do think Raffles' statue is lovely, there's so much more to know about his historic arrival to Singapore and I somehow feel a small museum is needed near the landing site.
Alas, no such a museum exists, as of now.

Visited July 2013
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