After enjoying our cheap and quite tasty ice cream sandwich we just continued to stroll around Singapore at night – and one can only say it is a beautiful place. I really enjoy how all the buildings are lit up at night time, are they not really pretty?
The first picture shows busy Clarke Quay at night time… For those who are not familiar with Singapore, this is a very popular area, with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants. It is a historical riverside quay that is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore’s second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong. The site looks now very different from what it used to look like in the mid 20th century when it was a commercial centre where barges would dock… but I guess that’s the sign of the times all around the world, the London docklands have changed and Victoria Harbour is not what it used to be.
The second picture shows the lovely colorful window shutters of the Old Hill Street Police Station, which was built in 1934 (I’ve also been here at daytime, if you want to find out more about it). The building has a total of 927 windows (I did not count them!) and they are painted in the colours of the rainbow. It’s a beautiful sight at daytime as well as nighttime.
Next up is the house of the Chinese Association – another amazing sight at night time. It’s often overlooked when you walk past it, on Hill Street.
Finally, Chijmes a historic building complex in Singapore, which includes a gothic-style chapel that features a very interesting light show at night time. The complex started off as a small chapel around 1850 which was rebuilt in 1904 The last religious service was held in the chapel on 3 November 1983, after which the chapel was deconsecrated and the town convent was closed. What was once the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and the seat of education for generations of Singapore girls, was converted into a plaza of theme retail and food and beverage outlets interspersed with ample outdoor spaces and courtyards, cloistered walls and long, covered walkways.