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Raffles Place

Located off the Singapore River is Raffles Place, which has always been connected with trade and commerce.  In the early days, it was known as Commercial Square.  In 1858, the square was renamed Raffles Place.  The stamp shows a painting of what Raffles Place looked like in 1905.  The horse carriage and the jinriksha were the popular modes of transport at that time.

In modern day Raffles Place there is a MRT train station underground.  Above ground are many skyscrapers.  These skyscrapers house the headquarters of many well-known banks and international companies which have made Singapore an important centre of finance and commerce.  When the British founded Singapore, they developed the city and administrative centre around the Singapore River.  In this present era, the major government buildings are still located near the river.

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Written by victorkoo

4 January, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Philatelic Book

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