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Elgin Bridge, Singapore

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Elgin Bridge is a vehicular bridge across the Singapore River, linking the Downtown Core to the Singapore River Planning Area located within Singapore's Central Area.
The bridge was named after Lord Elgin, Governor-General of India (21 March 1862 - 20 November 1863) in 1862 when an iron bridge was built across the river, replacing an older wooden bridge. The current bridge was built in 1929. As this was the first bridge across the river, the two roads leading to it were named North Bridge Road and South Bridge Road accordingly.
In 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed on Singapore and founded the colony. Raffles issued an instruction on 25 June 1819 that a bridge be built as soon as possible across the Singapore River so that it may link a town planned for the Chinese community on the southern side of the river to another intended for the Malays on the northern side.
In 1822, a wooden footbridge was built under the direction of Lieutenant Philip Jackson and it was officially named Presentment Bridge. It was also known as Jackson's Bridge and Monkey Bridge.
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  • Singapore has so many great bridges that a vehicle bridge like this gets lost with other bridges more scenic and more historic. Still we crossed over and under and enjoyed the scenery, during the...  more »
  • This is a small arch bridge across the Singapore River at the western end of Boat Quay. The bridge itself isn't all that interesting, but the views of Boat Quay are amazing. Plus one for that.  more »
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  • Typical old bridge that are a scarcity to find in Singapore. This is a simple concrete arch bridge that is painted white, and appears drab during the day but comes alive at night with vibrant coloured lights. Lots of places to sit at night for a little picnic and watch the lights for a bit. This is accessible from Clarke Quay MRT Station.
  • Nice place to stay in evening for 1-2 hours
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