Boat Quay, Singapore

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    Boat Quay

    by bryINpoland Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    One of the 3 famous Quays along the Singapore River, Boat Quay holds its own against the others.

    Reconized by the Chinese as an area of prosperity and wealth due to the fact that the shape of the river at it's location was similiar to that of a belly of a carp (In Chinese belief symbolizes prosperity and wealth) The area was soon built up, and by the 1860s, accounted for 75% of Singapore's shipping business.

    Times change and after the opening of the shipping port Pasir Panjang, the Boat Quay took on a whole new life. Now it accounts for one of the busiest spots for a night out on the town. The old shophouses have since been converted into waterfront restaurants, pubs and clubs.

    *Interesting fact: Looking at the row of shophouses along the south bank of the river. You will notice that they all stand at different hieghts. The wealthier a business was, the higher the owner built his or her shop.

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    Busy place

    by Carino Written Oct 16, 2005

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    Bunch of restaurant, tons of people and a touristic athmosphere! That's a summary of Boat Quay and you have to get used to the Restaurant staff trying to get you into their restaurant. But the good thing is that the staff is very friendly even if you turn them down. The food is good, the prices are allright as well, a bit pricy for Singapore, though.

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    Boat Quay

    by icyjo24 Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Boat Quay & Singapore River @ Nite

    This is one of the places to hangout if you feel that the night is still young. There are many pubs and restaurants here. My personal favourite is Harry's where there are live jazz performances on friday nights.

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    Boat Quay

    by Arjaree Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    Boat Quay

    Boat Quay is a street along the river compoud with a few pubs, clubs and seafood, Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants.

    Heard a lot about this place so my expectation was set high. Went there on Sunday, there was nothing much going on. Apparently, Sunday is not a good day to go out evening time...anywhere. Plus, the area was a lot smaller than imagined. So I ended up being disappointed.

    Obviously this place is pretty much for tourists. You pay a tourist price. Anyway, the view is nice. And you can buy a boat ride cruising along the river.

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    Very international array of restaurants or pubs

    by RoseAmano Written Jun 12, 2004
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    Though the restaurants along Boat Quay are said to be more lively at night, some operate during the day as well. On a Saturday afternoon we went, and found no crowds (in fact, rather only a few people and tourists). The various shopkeepers were quite keen for the patronage, so we could expect good, personalised service.

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    Boat Quay

    by biggeorge Updated Apr 17, 2004

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    Boat Quay

    Great place to spend the evening , full of resteraunts and bars ,including the mighty and now sadly closed Kilimanjaros, you can watch the junks and barges mill about surrounded by skyscrapers or drink Guinness with the Chinese in the Penny Black English Bar , it's expensive and full of euro-trash and expats but spectacular enough that it doesn't matter.

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    Boat Quay

    by diageva Updated Mar 29, 2004

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    A very place for go during the afternoon is Boat Quay, where you will have a very beautifull view of the city and where you can drink or eat something.
    Beautifull place but I didn't liked what I aet much. Better ... much better go to the perpendicular street where you will can eat stay ... stay wonderful stay.
    In 1800s, this used to be a busy trading area where coolies slogged and merchants bartered.

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    BOAT QUAY

    by Umea6 Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    Boat Quay is a part of Singapore where you can indulge in romantic dinig by the river side. It is located in the Business district of Singapore. It is hard to believe that this picturesque place used to be dirty and the water black only 40 years ago.

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    View from the Swissôtel Stamford

    by phil_uk_net Written Oct 15, 2003

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    View from the Swiss��tel Stamford

    For the best aerial view of Singapore go up to the 70th floor in the Swissôtel. There is a bar and restaurant and the best vantage point in the city.
    A good time to go is around 6:30 in the evening so that you can see Singapore in daylight at first and then watch it light up as the sun sets. The view is quite spectacular.

    The picture below is of Boat Quay. Sorry about the poor quality but I wasn't geared up to take proper photographs from up there. If you go, take a polarising filter to cut down the reflections when shooting through glass. Also take a tripod for long exposure shots after the sun sets.

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  • Dinner and a Harbour tour - don't miss it.

    by fellman01 Written Aug 28, 2003

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    Eating by the Singapore River at night is one of the pleasures that the visitor to Singapore must not deprive themselves of. There are many restaurants, all a bit pricy, but well worth it. Combine dinner with a night tour on the harbour on a bum boat and your evening is complete

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    Boat Quay - 2

    by das123my Written Oct 16, 2011
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    Beautiful sculptures erected along the bank of Boat Quay represent the early life in Singapore.
    It depcits how the British are running the day to day affair with the help of early immigrants.

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    BOAT QUAY

    by das123my Written Oct 6, 2011
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    Boat Quay is a important part of Singapore where the early settlement was established.Many old important buildings are located along the bank of this river.

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    Stroll along Boat Quay

    by imstress Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    Take a stroll along Boat Quay and you will see some interesting structure of arts along the Singapore River.

    Take the bump boat ride to tour along the Singapore River.

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  • Boat Quay

    by Randy121 Written Sep 20, 2005

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    Boat Quay is very nice at night. Lot's of restuarants along the river. We had a couple of drinks at Hooters. About a 20 minute walk from Clarke Quay.

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