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Tan Kim Seng Fountain

Tan Kim Seng Fountain (49)

The delicate Tan Kim Seng fountain was built in 1882 in honour of the wealthy nineteenth century merchant of the same name as a thank you for being so generous to the city of Singapore. It was he who made a donation of 13,000 Singaporean dollars to install the city’s first water supply in 1857, which greatly improved the citizens’ access to drinking water.  

The original location of this beautiful Victorian-style fountain was in Fullerton Square but in 1905 it was moved to Battery Road until, in 1925, it was moved to the exact spot where it stands today. 

The fountain has 3 levels.  The base, or first level, is decorated with sculptures of cherubs with tridents as if they were little Neptunes.  There is a continuous flow of water from small jars.  On the middle level, you can see faces of the god Neptune and just before the top level, there are 4 female figures. 

It was built by Andrew Handyside and Company, Berby and London. Written around the base is "This fountain is erected by the Municipal Commission in commemoration of Mr Tan Kim Seng's donation towards the cost of the Singapore Water Works." 

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