Raffles Place Skyscraper Buildings, Singapore

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Raffles Place is the centre of the Financial District of Singapore and is located south of the mouth of the Singapore River. It was first planned and developed in the 1820s as Commercial Square to serve as the hub of the commercial zone of Singapore in Raffles Town Plan. It was renamed Raffles Place in 1858 and is now the site of a number of major banks. It is located in the Downtown Core within the Central Area, and features some of the tallest buildings and landmarks of the country.
BeginningThe founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, intended Singapore to become a "great commercial emporium", and part of his plan was the creation of a commercial area. The Garrison Engineer Lieutenant R.N. Philip Jackson drew up a Town Plan in 1822 based on Raffles' instructions, with Raffles Place located on the south side of the Singapore River. It was originally named as Commercial Square and first developed from 1823 to 1824.
A hill originally stood at the area between Commercial Square and Battery Road. Under Raffles' supervision, the hill was leveled, the soil of which was then used to reclaim the marshy southern bank of the Singapore River to form the Boat Quay and Circular Road area. Commercial Square was also created as an open space 200 yards long by 50 yards wide, with a small garden in the middle. Lots of land in the area around the square were sold in auction at $1,200 and $1,500 apiece. Commercial enterprises then became established on the area; two- and four-storey buildings were built around the square, housing mercantile offices, banks and trading companies.
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  • It is amazing that there are so many skyscraper buildings here and this is a great place to see them in context  more »
  • Great place to enjoy the city’s skyline up close. Lots of skyscrapers and modern buildings. The view is nicer at night when the buildings lights up. However, most shops in this area closes earlier...  more »
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