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Raffles Place Singapore

Srikanth Iyer
Take a taxi (approximately 10$) to Raffles Hotel and try Singapore Sling at the hotel bar. This is one must on the to do list. Relax for a while and then walk towards Merlion Park.
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Who would have thought that a walk around Raffles Place is actually a walk down Singapore’s history? Raffles Place was formerly called Commercial Square and was designated for commercial activities by Sir Stamford Raffles himself back in 1822 as part of his Raffles Town Plan. The rectangular centre of Raffles Place was often referred to as Raffles Square. It was the first reclamation project in Singapore as it was swampy land next to the Singapore River. Part of the history of this place resulted in the naming of the streets such as Market Street and Chulia Street (know earlier as Kling Street) were named after Dr Jose D'Almeida, the surgeon, who had his dispensary and his business firm of Jose D'Ameida and Sons in Commercial Square.” Singapore’s very own (and oldest department store) John Little started their operations here in Commercial Square back in 1845. During World War II, and on 8 December 1941, Japanese planes made Raffles Place one of their targets of destruction. On 12 December 1987, Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station was opened with accesses from each end of Raffles Square. The station's entrance has detailing reminiscent of the John Little Building's facade dated 1911 which was fashioned in a Spanish style.