The final journey

The final journey

WHEN TO GO

The procession starts at 12.30pm and will arrive at the UCC before 2pm. Lines are expected to be longer nearer Parliament and in town.

HOW TO GO

There are several MRT stations along or close to the route: Clarke Quay, City Hall, Esplanade, Raffles Place, Downtown, Telok Ayer, Tanjong Pagar, Outram Park, Commonwealth, Buona Vista and Dover.

WHERE TO STAND

Some good spots to observe the procession are roads near the Padang, Raffles Quay, and outside the NTUC building and Singapore Conference Hall, though these are likely to be more crowded.

Those living along Jalan Bukit Merah, part of Queensway and Commonwealth Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue West can also observe the procession from their blocks.

Members of the public are advised to stay on public footpaths for their own safety.

Go to www.mytransport.sg, www.sbstransit.com.sg and www.smrt.com.sg for details on bus service diversions.

1 & 2 Parliament House and Old Parliament House

In the final sitting in the old Parliament House, before the adjacent new one opened in 1999, then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew said: "The importance of this Chamber did not, and does not, depend upon its size and its grandeur, but upon the quality of the men and women who occupy it as representatives of the people."

Built in 1827, the old Parliament House served for many years as the colonial government's courthouse. It was repurposed by the Legislative Assembly, to which Mr Lee Kuan Yew was elected as an opposition assemblyman in 1955.

After independence in 1965, it became Parliament House.

3 City Hall and the Padang

The funeral procession will travel the length of the Padang, where audiences heard many a historical speech delivered by Mr Lee from the steps of City Hall.

It was here that he spoke to Singaporeans celebrating the start of self-government on June 3, 1959, and where he read the Malaysia Proclamation on Sept 16, 1963.

The Padang was where Mr Lee saw Singapore's first National Day Parade in 1966. It returns there this year.

4 Marina Bay

Mr Lee's vision to build a dam and create a freshwater reservoir in the heart of the city saw the construction of Marina Barrage, which opened in 2008, and the creation of Marina Reservoir, part of his goal of making Singapore self-sufficient in water.

Both were only possible with the clean-up of the Singapore River in the late 1970s under Mr Lee's leadership. Gardens by the Bay has also been built, and can trace its origins to Mr Lee's tree-planting campaign.

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