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photoblog image Reservoir: Marina Bay

Reservoir: Marina Bay

The Singapore River was a bustling hub of commerce, with a flotilla of tongkangs (wooden bumboats) bringing in goods from larger boats and ships out in the harbour. Coolies would toil hard to load and unload the tongkangs. By the 1970s though, the river had turned into a cesspool and there was no surviving marine life to speak off. The late PM Mr Lee Kuan Yew had proposed the damming off of the mouth of river at the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir. While that project then did not materialize, clean up operations were initiated and good loading by polluting tongkangs became a thing of the past. The only tongkangs seen today are electric and for ferrying tourists.

 

Seen here is the Helix Bridge leading to the Marina Bay Sands hotel blocks. The green seats are part of a floating viewing platform.

Reservoir: Marina Bay

The Singapore River was a bustling hub of commerce, with a flotilla of tongkangs (wooden bumboats) bringing in goods from larger boats and ships out in the harbour. Coolies would toil hard to load and unload the tongkangs. By the 1970s though, the river had turned into a cesspool and there was no surviving marine life to speak off. The late PM Mr Lee Kuan Yew had proposed the damming off of the mouth of river at the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir. While that project then did not materialize, clean up operations were initiated and good loading by polluting tongkangs became a thing of the past. The only tongkangs seen today are electric and for ferrying tourists.

 

Seen here is the Helix Bridge leading to the Marina Bay Sands hotel blocks. The green seats are part of a floating viewing platform.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Aug 2019, 00:53
A iconic view of your fine city, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: This photogenic area does look good with lights on at night, Ray.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2019, 01:33
This is a stunning night shot. I love the golden reflections.
Ayush Basu: This spot is a hit with a lot of urban photographers, Beth.
That is so beautiful, and your photo, Ayush, is fabulous!
Ayush Basu: This area does look good with lights on at night, Elizabeth, and worth visiting a few times.
Great night shot Ayush.
Ayush Basu: This spot is a hit with a lot of urban photographers, Frank.
Superbe photo avec toutes ces lumières.
Ayush Basu: This area does look good with lights on at night, Martine.
A floating viewing platform! How wonderful is that for looking at this view, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It is quite well used too, for the National Day Parades and some other sporting events too, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2019, 06:33
This is a wonderful night picture with real "starlights" Ayush. Some people really sit still for those 4 seconds.. Thanks for the education too. Looks like a great place to be at all times.
Ayush Basu: Yes, it was one of the rare instances that I took a tripod, Astrid. Thank you for noticing. The research for this posts is informative to me too.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Aug 2019, 06:34
What an impressive place this is Ayush
Ayush Basu: From an engineering point of view, it is indeed impressive, Chris.
Fabulous night shot Ayush
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Bill. I could do some more shots of the city area.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2019, 07:39
Its good to hear that the water is now clear again of pollution. Do they have any events on the water and the floating seating area seems rather large for for those just wanting to enjoy the view.
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, the National Day Parade is conducted here and it was recently conducted on 09AUG219, Alan.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Aug 2019, 07:47
When I visited, I was impressed by the hotel blocks with the boat on the roofs, but I cannot decide whether I like it or not Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I suppose it is not much from aesthetics but it is an engineering feat, Chad.
much beauty to be seen here, and that makes me glad that the water has been cleaned up!
great shot!
Ayush Basu: This spot is a hit with a lot of urban photographers and tourists as well, Elaine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Aug 2019, 11:56
This is a great night shot. A good man Mr Yew.
Ayush Basu: This spot is a hit with a lot of urban photographers, Louis.
He was astute and had vision.
I guess the folks from those times all those years ago wouldn't recognise this place now.
Ayush Basu: That is a valid observation, Brian.
A fine night shot, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Tom. I do not often visit here - I should do so more.
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2019, 20:43
an exceptional night shot
Ayush Basu: I should come by here more, Sherri - excellent possibilities for architectural shots.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Aug 2019, 01:36
A perfect capture smile

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