Clarke Quay has an above average crime rate for Singapore.
Named after Singapore’s second Governor, Sir Andrew Clarke, Clarke Quay is a historical site located along the Singapore River. Having been the center of trade since modern Singapore was founded in 1819, goods transported to Singapore would often be stored in one of the many warehouses in Clarke Quay. With the amount of traffic the river was receiving on a daily basis, it did not take long before the rivers became heavily polluted. The government decided to relocate cargo services to the Pasir Panjang area, cleaned up the area, and refurbished the Clarke Quay site into a new residential and entertainment district.
Today, the old warehouses that once stored goods from all corners of Asia have been converted into modern dining restaurants and popular nightclubs. Old Chinese junks have also been refurbished into floating restaurants and bars. Bumboats repurposed as river taxis traveling along the Singapore River provide a nostalgic reminder of a time gone by.
The area has several condominium complexes available as residential properties. The adjacent Robertson Quay, a few minutes’ walk away from the crowds on Clarke Quay, also contain residential apartment blocks. The central location and abundance of restaurants, bars and active nightlife in the area attracts professionals working in the city, as well as younger couples.
Clarke Quay is bordered on the north by Fort Canning, on the east by Boat Quay, on the south by China Square and Pearl's Hill, and on the west by Robertson Quay.
CBD: 2.2 km / 5-15 minutes by car / 20 minutes by foot
Changi Business Park: 18.2 km / 20-45 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
Jurong International Business Park: 14.8 km / 20-45 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
One North Buona Vista: 7.7 km / 15-40 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit
Tuas: 32.4 km / 35-60 minutes by car / 110 minutes by transit
Conveniently situated right above Clarke Quay MRT station, Clarke Quay Central is a large shopping mall in the area providing urban chic independent retail outlets, as well as a variety of restaurants and waterfront dining options.
A more laid-back alternative to Clarke Quay’s loud and boisterous scene, Boat Quay houses bars and restaurants in a row of shophouses lining the Singapore River. You’ll find a variety of flavors to choose from, including seafood restaurants, Chinese, Indian, or Mediterranean cuisines, and good ol’ British pub food.
One of the first museums in the region to highlight pan-Asian cultures and history, the Asian Civilisations Museum houses permanent collections of Asian artefacts from around the region in a beautiful historic building by the Singapore River. The museum also features special exhibitions that fall in line with their mission of promoting understanding of Singapore’s ancestral cultures and their historical connections with each other as well as the rest of the world.
An iconic hilltop landmark steeped in history, Fort Canning Park has been ruled by Malay royalty, seen the surrender of Singapore by British forces, and heard the music of international star-studded acts. Visit historical sites within the park such as the Battle Box, where colonial military leaders made the decision for the surrender of Singapore in 1942. Catch a concert, theater production, or festival under the stars on the sprawling green lawns. The beautiful surroundings also provide a great setting for wedding proposals and photoshoots.
Built in 1909, the Central Fire Station is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore. The strikingly iconic red and white building houses the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, the official museum of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, and showcases Singapore’s history of firefighting from the late 1800s and the development of the nation’s civil defence force.
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