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Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay (9)

Today synonymous with glamour and sophistication, Clarke Quay is another great example of the Singapore government’s efforts to renew and promote the area along the river. 

Built in the mid-nineteenth century, Clarke Quay is named after Sir Andrew Clarke, the second governor of the Straits Settlements (the former British colony of the Straits of Malacca, which included Singapore, Penang, Malacca, Labuan and other smaller islets).

 This romantic mosaic of colourful warehouses was built between 1860 and 1920 by European and Chinese entrepreneurs, and served as a dock for loading and unloading all types of goods until 1970. Since then, the frenetic activity of the cargo ships has vanished, giving way to a more select and sophisticated environment.

The sounds, lights, smells and, of course, the purpose of these warehouses has changed. The 5 blocks of buildings were transformed into elegant bars, luxurious restaurants and trendy nightclubs where Singapore’s fashionable and wealthy congregate until the wee hours of the morning.

The old wharf, now converted into an entertainment centre, is similar to the nearby Boat Quay. But if you look closely, you'll notice a distinct difference: many of its premises do not offer river views.

So you know if you want to spend a chic night in Singapore, this is your place.

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