Clarke Quay, Singapore
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Singapore's three Quays — Boat, Clarke and Robertson — refer to the area hugging the banks of the Singapore River as it courses through the city centre.
The Singapore River is of great historical importance and its mouth is, supposedly, where Sir Stamford Raffles landed in 1819 before signing the treaty that resulted in the establishment of a British colony. The river flourished as the main artery into Singapore and, in the 1840s, the area now known as Boat Quay was established as the ethnic enclave for the Chinese coolies and traders flooding into the new city. The development continued upriver with Clarke Quay, named for Singapore's second colonial governor, as a spot to moor the trading barges and Robertson Quay for shipyards and godowns (warehouses).
Many of the British East India Company's most valuable products — rubber, tin, rice, spices — were traded and transported right on the Singapore River. ... Read our complete Quays travel guide