Sunday, December 27, 2015

Walking Trail: Monument Trail by NParks

Took the opportunity to go for a free walking trail by the NParks board for the first time and overall it was quite enjoyable. I learned a lot and if there are other trails like this I don't mind joining another one too.

Sharing a few things I learned from the Monument Trail

Meeting place starts at
Civilian War Memorial (War Memorial Park)
In Memorial to an estimated 50,000 people who died during World War 2, during the Japanese occupation. The identical four pillars represents unity of the four major races of Singapore, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian. It also look like four standing chopsticks, and unseen by most is that all the unknown war bodies are buried under this structure. Inaugurated by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yu in 15 February 1967, which is also now celebrated as Total Defence Day.

Tan Kim Seng Fountain (Esplanade Park)
In commemoration to Tan Kim Seng for his contributions in building to the first public waterworks of Singapore. If his name sounds familiar, he got a few street and landmarks carrying his name in River Valley (i.e. Kim Seng Road)

The Cenotaph (Esplanade Park)
It was originally erected in memoriam of those who died during World War 1 and was solomnise by then Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII (the King who abdicated the same year for Love, interesting story too). In the 50's it was extended to commemorate those that have died in World War 2 as well.

Lim Bo Seng Memorial (Esplanade Park)
Major-General Lim Bo Seng, is considered to be one of Singapore's War hero during World War 2. Made of marble,  this is the only structure in Singapore that commemorates and individual from World War 2 (He must have been a very great value during the war). He was only 35 when he died.

Dalhousie Obelisk
Made to look like a single monolith,  it's is actually made of bricks that have been plastered. It was erected in 1851 to commemorate the visit of India's governor-general in Feb 1850. It is placed near the mouth of Singapore 

Ended at 
Outside Asian Civilisations Museum beside the Singapore River
Was told the story of the Singapore Stone which originally stood at the mouth of the Singapore River. Legend has it that Badang, who grew strong after eating genie's vomit, threw the stone into the mouth of Sungai Singapura during a test of strength. The stone was blasted in 1843 to make more way for ships coming in to bustling port of Singapore and a fragment can now be found in the Singapore History Museum.

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