• part of 2 ornamental fountains - PicturesSG
  • Excavated to accommodate an underground carpark. Later converted to Raffles Place MRT interchange. - PicturesSG
  • United Overseas Bank, demolished in 1969. - PicturesSG
  • John Little - PicturesSG
  • Robinsons, destroyed by fire in 1972. - PicturesSG

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I eventually discovered (after posting) that this is called Raffles Place. Just visible on the right is the John Little shopping centre.
Photo taken in 1966.

John McNab, Icemoon, wowstressy, and 65 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. PicturesSG 66 months ago | reply

    Thanks for posting, David.

    This collective place here is now called Raffles Place [renamed from Commercial Square, in March 1858]. Unfortunately, all the buildings in this photograph have disappeared.

    The old classical Chartered Bank building featured here was designed by Swan & Maclaren. It was replaced in 1982 by a 44-storey rhombic-shaped building now renamed as 6 Battery Road.

    The United Overseas Bank [former United Chinese Bank] stood at the corner of Bonham and Chulia street. The old building in the photo was demolished and the construction of a new one started in 1970 and was ready in 1974.

    On the John Little site today is Shell Towers, built in 1982.

    In 1965, the open space in the foreground was excavated to provide for a underground carpark accommodating 250 cars. Above it [as seen in the photo] was a landscaped garden; with two ornamental fountains and 42 lamps that lit the garden by night.

    Today, the underground carpark has been converted to the Raffles Place interchange for the MRT [Mass Rapid Transit] trains.

  2. PicturesSG 66 months ago | reply

    What the place looks like now

    Raffles Place open space

  3. marconiphone2008 61 months ago | reply

    I think the destruction of the Chartered Bank building was a tragedy, as was the loss of the Mercantile Bank at the other end of Raffles Place. Now Raffles Place is an incoherent mess where people are deafened by loudspeakers associated with oversized video screens mounted high on the walls of buidings - there is no escape from 'the message'. It's 1984, except in 2010...

  4. WeeKit 58 months ago | reply

    Nothing had survive......just two entrance remain!
    Do you have any old photo of Penang Island??

  5. Paddywac (Marty) 51 months ago | reply

    There used to be an alley way leading from the harbour front through to raffles Place, I think it was called Cange Alley, it was full of stalls selling just about anything.

  6. PicturesSG 51 months ago | reply

    Read more about :
    Change Alley
    infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_223_2004-12-17.html
    Raffles Place
    infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_864_2004-12-30.html
    Other well-researched factsheets on Singapore
    infopedia.nl.sg/

  7. *iskandar 38 months ago | reply

    this should be in the singapore museummm

  8. joulisians 38 months ago | reply

    There is a slight melancholy and bitter-sweetness to this picture. It reminds us of how the good'ol days were but also a comparison to how much Singapore has grown. But its great that such things are documented.

  9. Jehu (PitchAxisTheory) 38 months ago | reply

    Thank you for all these pictures of Singapore's past!

  10. Clickclickguy 38 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  11. mengweetan 38 months ago | reply

    I work at Raffles Place and walk here everyday! Thank so much for sharing this with us!!

  12. Cyrus's Treasure Chest 38 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the 1967 photo dude! The place had character then. Now it's just bland. I'm surprised the 1967 photo was in colour- nice!

  13. robirobirobi 38 months ago | reply

    Wow, it looked nicer in the 60's!

  14. MoleBC 37 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the beautiful old photo of Raffles Place and the memories. I remember the Robinson's fire. What a day that was!

  15. Eileen Lim 37 months ago | reply

    awesome picture! pity the buildings are no longer around..

  16. honeybumble 37 months ago | reply

    How very very sad to rip down these beautiful old buildings

  17. Dawn Wong C P 29 months ago | reply

    I'm surprised the pavements and road look pretty clean back then in Singapore. Thanks for sharing with Singaporeans this precious photo.

  18. eyecatcher 26 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the memories. I used to visit these places when I was young.

  19. i.munkz 12 months ago | reply

    wow.. how beautiful old building in SIngapore. visit tempat wisata di Singapore.

  20. Argentem 5 months ago | reply

    Another photo looking in the other direction.
    Raffles Place

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