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Change Alley in 1989.

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Raffles Place in 1969.

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Construction of an underground car park and public garden at Raffles Place in 1964.

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John Little and Company Limited at Raffles Place in 1895.

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Commercial Square in the early 1900s.

Raffles Place: Then and Now

Go back to Singapore's pre-skyscraper days.
Nov 29, 2019 5:50 AM

RAFFLES PLACE HAS been Singapore’s commercial district for nearly 200 years. Beyond the skyscrapers, it’s hard to think of this bustling river-facing financial microcosm as a bucolic hill before it was leveled in 1822 under the Singapore Town Plan to build up trade and commerce.

It was

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