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The Raffles' Landing Site is considered to be the site where Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore landed on 29 January 1819. He was working for the British East India Company and ventured to the Island of Singapore in the hope of establishing a free port for traders along the shortest sea route between India and China. Thanks to his vision, Singapore outgrew the rival ports of Melaka, Penang, Batavia (Jakarta) to become one of the largest busiest ports in the world today.
1. What to see
The present statue is a replica of the original bronze work cast by Thomas Woolner unveiled in 1887 which is located in front of Victoria Concert Hall.
The plaque reads:
"On this historic site, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore on 29th January 1819, and with genius and perception changed the destiny of Singapore from an obscure fishing vilage to a great seaport and modern metropolis."
3. How to get there
Most tourists visit Singapore on a package tour that allows them to spend 2-3 days in the city. Since this monument is located right in the middle of the former colonial downtown area, it is very easy to get there.
4. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels to stay in Singapore, the best ones are located either at the city center or at the Island of Sentosa.