RAFFLES PLACE SINGAPORE
Just south of the mouth of the Singapore River in Singapore’s CBD, Raffles Place is the primary domain of movers and shakers from local and international banks, financial institutions and trading companies.
Overlooking the splendid sights of Marina Bay, Raffles Place was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern-day Singapore. The area is also the home to the city’s tallest skyscrapers – the ideal place to soak in dazzling views of the Singapore skyline.
Ready to explore the sights on your own schedule? Book a comfortable room or suite at the contemporary PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel near Raffles Place and see the best of Singapore’s most iconic districts.
One Raffles Place
In the centre of this booming financial and business hub – directly above Raffles Place MRT (just a few short stops from Chinatown) – you’ll find One Raffles Place.
Tower 1 was built in 1986, and is known for its large, column-free office spaces and intriguing façade that changes colour with the light.
Standing 280 metres high, it is one of the three tallest skyscrapers in Singapore and boasts a large shopping complex, as well as several dining destinations. It is also one of the few structures in Singapore that renowned urban climber Alain Robert has attempted to scale. Much to onlookers’ chagrin, he was arrested less than half way through his climb.
A second tower was added to One Raffles Place in 2012 that, thanks to its use of solar energy and sensor-activated lighting, as well as its rainwater harvesting capabilities, received the coveted Green Mark Platinum Award for eco-friendly aestheticism. It truly is the design of the future and well worth a look.
No visit to Singapore is complete without a drink and a bite at 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar. An Al Fresco gastro bar 282 metres up on the rooftop of Tower 1, it’s the highest rooftop bar in Singapore and offers 360-degree views of the city.
In fact, it is said that as many as 20 of Singapore’s most famous landmarks can be seen from its heights – why not head up and find out how many you can spot? Less than a 10-minute walk from the comfort of PARKROYAL on Pickering, it’s the perfect place to watch the Singapore sunset.
Home to many banks and global financial organisations, UOB (United Overseas Bank) Plaza is a double tower complex.
UOB Plaza 1, completed in 1992, is one of the tallest in Singapore at 280 metres. Meanwhile UOB Plaza 2 is 162 metres tall and was reconstructed in 1995 after its initial completion in the 1970s.
Linked by a six-storey podium, the towers’ intriguing geometric qualities are accentuated by the changing light throughout the day. Why not see if you can notice the change by taking a look at UOB Plaza’s geometric marvel a few times throughout your stay?
While you’re there, keep an eye out for one of Singapore’s most visited sculptures – Salvador Dali’s ‘Homage to Newton’ in the Plaza’s atrium.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Take an eight-minute stroll from Raffles Place to explore the beautiful Thian Hock Keng Temple.
Established in 1839, it was initially used by Chinese immigrants to give thanks for their voyage to Ma Zu, the Goodness of the Sea. It’s the oldest and arguably the most important Hokkien temple in Singapore. Despite being a relatively complex structure, it amazingly doesn’t contain a single nail.
Stop by for a visit and thank Ma Zu for your own voyage to Singapore before you embark on the short walk back to the comfort of PARKROYAL on Pickering.