Esplande, Marina Bay and Merlion
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August 4th, 2008 – by: andytite
Marina bay is the link to CBD, with a nice mixture of the old cast iron Fullerton Bridge, and the newer, sweeping Esplanade one. Tourists abounded here, soaking up the sun, culture and coffee in equal measure. It was a nice vibrant place, an obvious attempt at a new architectural style that fitted with the surroundings and had become part of the city.
Looking across the bay was the Merlion statue, a giant fountain guarding the bay, spurting a massive jet of water perpetually out of its mouth. I thought it was pretty huge, (turns out I was wrong on that one), but it makes a good emblam for the "Lion City." Here we caught a traditional bum boat for a ride up the river towards Clarke Quay - a good way to see the change in architectural styles, and the gain a bit of a sense of direction. The boat operators were hardly organised, and we had to wait for half an hour before being allowed onto a boat, but it was a good ride all the same.
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