Modern Skyscrapers and Colonial Buildings
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Skyline and Colonial Buildings

Singapore is a small island-country at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula. It's roughly sideways-diamond shaped, 30 km long and 20 km wide, located at about 1° 20' N latitude and 103° 30' E longitude. That is less than 100 miles from the equator. The biggest industries are shipping/trading, financial services, and manufacturing. More statistics.

This picture I took from our hotel room balcony on the 56th floor, looking southwest from near the southern tip of the island. This area in the foreground is where Sir Stamford Raffles first landed and established a shipping port in 1819.

The red-roofed buildings in the foreground date from the colonial era. The domed building at the lower right is City Hall. Bottom center is the cricket club. The large colonial building across the river (on the left) has been a fort, and post office, but is now a fancy hotel. Most of the skyscrapers are banks, as far as I can tell. You can also see part of the ship loading docks in the background on the left side. The docks continue for a long ways back out of sight from here. Singapore is a huge and busy port. There is a line of ships going halfway around the island waiting for their turn at the docks.

The river is the Singapore River. In the old days before modern container shipping, the river was full of "bum boats" that carried goods between ships anchored offshore, and the unloading areas along the riverbanks called "quays". The few remaining bum boats carry tourists on short sightseeing tours. You can see one near the right side of the picture. The quays are now occupied by bars and resaurants. You can see some beyond that bum boat. That place is called Boat Quay.

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