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Panorama of Singapore's Boat Quay | by Darrell Neo
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Panorama of Singapore's Boat Quay

My 1st try of panorama...


Imagine that only a century ago, Boat Quay was the hothouse for trading. When Raffles signed the agreement securing the auspicious title of free port for Singapore, this instantly opened the floodgates of immigrants from neighbouring countries. Within six months, a familiar scene in this location was sun-tanned coolies and swaylos (water-hands) balancing heavy gunny-sacks of rice on their shoulders, with springy gangplanks under their feet, loading and unloading a bewildering plethora of produce. By the 1860's, three-quarters of all shipping business was done at Boat Quay. Here was the starting point of Singapore’s success as a business hub.


The south side of the river was crammed with shophouses because it resembled the concaved belly of a carp, which according to Chinese believers, was the source of prosperity and wealth. Today, the row of shophouses has been carefully conserved. Notice the variance in height - this was a sign of each man's wealth, the higher the shophouse, the wealthier the owner.


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Taken on November 6, 2007