Clarke Quay is famous as an entertainment district in Singapore which offers a variety of interesting attractions from morning to night. You can find traces of the history of Singapore’s ancient civilization along the Singapore River, which is the location of the present Clarke Quay district.
In a release from the Singapore Tourism Board, Tuesday (8/3/2022), the history of Clarke Quay is very interesting, because this district used to be full of houses, shops, and small villages where barges and twakows (boats) used to carry commodities or as transportation. The name Clarke Quay is taken from the name of the Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1824-1902 named Sir Andrew Clarke.
The district is also known as Cha Jung Tau from the Teochew language, which means a port for ships carrying firewood. Along with Boat Quay, Clarke Quay was also known as the location for Chinese opera and street fairy tales.
In today’s 21st century, Clarke Quay is renowned as the entertainment district in Singapore. Clarke Quay’s development as an entertainment district dates back to the 1980s. Rapid development without obliterating the history of the buildings at Clarke Quay, makes this district has a characteristic meeting of modern and traditional elements in one area.
Clarke Quay is famous as an entertainment district in Singapore which offers a variety of interesting attractions from morning to night. Photo: (Singapore Tourism Board Indonesia)
Travelers will be mesmerized by the sparkling lights of the buildings and entertainment center buildings, but on the other hand, they can admire the old houses in the Clarke Quay area. As a guide to a new and exciting vacation in Singapore, let’s take a look at the activities you can do in the entertainment district of Clarke Quay.
You can experience new experiences as well as imagine how ancient Singapore combined with today’s modern facilities. Clarke Quay district can also be a tourist destination for all tourists.
Various Hotel Options
Staying at a hotel located in the Clarke Quay district can be the best choice to experience Singapore from a different side. The average lodging below has a view of the Singapore River. In addition, the room design is also fairly classic in accordance with the
elements of Clarke Quay as a historic district.
You only need to walk to the MRT station, tourist attractions, and halal restaurants around Clarke Quay. Hotel recommendations that you can consider include the following.
1. Swissôtel Merchant Court
2. Jayleen Clarke Quay Hotel
3. Hotel NuVe Elements, Clarke Quay
Enjoying Panorama of Singapore City on a Traditional Wooden Boat
One of the must-do activities when visiting Clarke Quay is taking a tour
down the river on wooden boats called bumboats or barges. In the 19th to 20th centuries, barges served to lift goods from various parts of Singapore.
But now the function of this wooden ship has turned into a tourist boat to transport tourists traveling along the Singapore River. You can feel the sensation of driving like people in the past. For 40 minutes, the trip will follow the Singapore River and see iconic buildings such as the Merlion statue, Marina Bay Sands, and the Esplanade.
Singapore River Tour at Clarke Quay (Singapore Tourism Board Indonesia)
The angle of taking photos of this river makes the building look more beautiful. This tour can be followed from morning to night. Barges will continue to be available. However, the best time to join this boat tour is in the late afternoon or after sunset.
At that time, the beautiful twinkling lights of buildings and streets begin to light up and make your trip unforgettable.