Singapore Through The Ages

Raffles Place

Raffles Place has always been at the commercial heart of Singapore. It was originally known as Commercial Square, but was renamed Raffles Place in the 1860s.

The development of the square from the 1820s onwards has been a fascinating process, with "modern" buildings progressively replacing older buildings every few years. The photos below allow you to trace this development, step by step from the 1860s until the early 1970s. After that, we jump forward to the modern day. If anyone has photos of the transition period between the 1970s and today, I would be delighted to add them.

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