SINAGPORE- The historic waterfront is traditionally a popular site to usher in the New Year, and for the upcoming celebration, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) also wants Singaporeans to cherish its rich heritage.
It has launched a poster tracing the development of the waterfront since the 1800s, when Singapore served as a trading post. It is the second poster the URA has produced for public use and education. The first, on heritage schools, was released last year.
The poster on the waterfront, which encompasses the area around the mouth of the Singapore River, can be downloaded on the URA's website and will be distributed to schools electronically.
Mrs Teh Lai Yip, the URA's senior director of conservation, highlighted several little known historical spots listed in the poster.
For instance, the granite seawall of Telok Ayer Basin located next to the Customs Harbour Branch Building was where ships used to dock.
Built in the 19th century, the seawall serves to remind Singaporeans about the pioneers who helped build the country as a trading hub, said Mrs Teh. The only surviving seawall at the waterfront from that period had to be repaired and re-piled in the 1980s and 1990s because of soil erosion.
"It's all about provoking and promoting conversation. The aim is to steer the conversation to encourage Singaporeans to treasure and appreciate what we have in our midst," said Mrs Teh.
Another structure that is often overlooked is a granite memorial stone mounted on a pyramid-shaped brick pedestal.
The stone was previously located along Collyer Quay and was moved in 2010 to the grounds of The Fullerton Hotel.
Laid by the late President Yusof Ishak in 1970, it bears inscriptions in the four official languages commemorating the early immigrants who sailed to Singapore.