The Singapore River slices through the heart of the country, flowing beneath the glittering skyscrapers of Singapore's central business district. With its three distinctive quays, the river takes visitors on a waterfront journey through Singapore's vibrant heritage and dazzling future.
Singapore was built upon the Singapore River and the original port was located at the river's mouth. This served as a trading base for the British Empire and the waterfront was awash with colonial mansions. The river's importance brought pollution and environmental damage, until the Singaporean government dammed and cleaned the river in the late 1970s. It's been revitalised in the last few decades and is now a source of great local pride.
The river meanders alongside Singapore's main commercial district and there's a broad pedestrianized walkway that spans almost the entire length of the river. Restaurants and attractions have popped up along the waterfront, further enhancing its appeal and status of one of Singapore's most iconic attractions.
Three distinctive quays can be found on the river and traditional boats cruise beneath the towering skyscrapers along the water's edge. These include public boat services, private tours, and a hop-on hop-off cruise. The area around Boat Quay offers many alternative cafes and bars, Clarke Quay is the party hub of Singapore, while Robertson Quay offers an eclectic mix of international restaurants and alfresco dining.
Singapore River runs from Marina Bay through the downtown area of Singapore. The waterfront promenade can be easily accessed from Bayfront and Clarke Quay subway stations.
Sculptures along the Singapore River honour the local people that defined its history, including the River Merchants, Singapura Cats, and a sculpture of early fishermen.