Land reclamation projects throughout the 19th century pushed the seafront several blocks away from Collyer Quay. At that time the view from here would have been a virtual wall of anchored ships. Today you look out onto Marina Bay. European traders once arrived by steamship and Chinese immigrants arrived by wind-dependent junks at Clifford Pier, a covered jetty with high, vaulted ceilings that ceased operations in 2006. Nearby, the Customs House building once facilitated the arrival of leisure seekers and traders. Now, the historical buildings host some of the trendiest restaurants and bars in town, with The Fullerton Bay Hotel nestled between. This is also where you will find the Merlion statue, which symbolizes courage, strength, and excellence. The Merlion is half fish, half lion and is based on the national symbol, the lion (from which the name Singapore was derived). The statue is even more dramatic after dark when it's floodlit and its eyes glow. There's an even bigger one on Sentosa Island.
Collyer Quay, Singapore, Singapore