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Singapore River

The Singapore River gives you a glimpse of the country’s past and present.  With the skyscrapers of the financial center at the background, a stroll along the river gives you a quick insight into Singapore's historical and commercial beginnings.   Tour the Raffles’ Landing Site, the Padang, Boat Quay and Fullerton Hotel.  Take a river cruise to appreciate the century-old godowns and shophouses restored to their original grandeur.  At night, enjoy good foods and partying along Boat Quay and Clark Quay.

The river is now part of the Marina Reservoir after damming the Singapore River at its outlet to the sea to create a new reservoir of freshwater.

While damming this area would create a valuable source of fresh water for the tiny city-state, it would have prevented the docking of ocean-going ships at the Singapore River which was arguably the original reason Singapore came into existence. The dam is known as Marina Barrage.

Whereas the original mouth of the Singapore River emptied into Singapore Straits and its southern islands before major land reclamation took place, the Singapore River now empties into Marina Bay - an area of water partially enclosed by the reclamation work. The Port of Singapore is now located to the west of the island, using most of the south-west coast, and passenger ships to Singapore now typically berth at the Singapore Cruise Centre at HarbourFront. Thus the Singapore River's economic role has shifted away from one that of trade, towards more a role accommodated for tourism and aesthetics for the commercial zone which encloses it.