Magazine article Risk Management

Singapore Sights

Magazine article Risk Management

Singapore Sights

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Culture and beauty bring out the tourist in any business traveler

FOR AN ISLAND ITS small size, Singapore is not lacking in activities for tourists. Located on the southern tip of Malaysia, Singapore is home to a melange of diverse peoples -- Chinese (77 percent), Malays (14 percent), and Indians (7 percent). And it is this cultural diversity that has naturally given rise to a popular multitude of sights in the city and surrounding harbor.

To fully experience the island, take a bumboat cruise along the Singapore River. From this vantage point, many historic sights will come into view. Or, take a cable car ride offering spectacular views of the city skyline and neighboring islands. Then there is always shopping -- the mainstay activity since colonial trade days. Afterwards, spend some time on Bugis Street, site of Asia's most famous outdoor food and entertainment spot.

Several interesting historical sights can be found near the convention center. The Parliament House, on North Boat Quay, is Singapore's oldest government building. Built in 1827, it was originally designed by the renowned colonial architect George Coleman as a private mansion before eventually becoming the home of Singapore's Parliament.

The Empress Place Building, located on the banks of the Singapore River across from the Parliament House, was initially built as a courthouse in 1864. Named in honor of Queen victoria, the building housed several government departments after 1875. Following a recent multimillion dollar restoration, the building now serves as a museum and exhibition center that features cultural and archeological treasures from the People's Republic of China. 1 Empress Place. Open 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

After two years of renovations, the "Grand Old Lady of the East" -- the Raffles Hotel -- has once again opened her doors. Visitors can now rediscover the majesty of this 19th century hotel, located on Beach Road, through the photographs and objects in its museum, while reliving the past in a reproduction of its famous Long Bar where the Singapore Sling, a drink of gin, benedictine and cherry brandy, was first concocted.

Built back in 1928 as a power station, the Substation on Armenian Street no longer supplies electricity to the neighborhood, but it does generate a powerful supply of artistic and cultural energy. This is a popular meeting place of professional and budding artists, writers, dancers and dramatists. There are also an art gallery and regularly held cultural workshops and seminars. …

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