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Dalhousie Obelisk, Singapore

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The Dalhousie Obelisk is a memorial obelisk in the Civic District of Singapore, located on the north bank of the Singapore River in the Downtown Core, within the Central Area in Singapore's central business district.
The obelisk is situated at Empress Place, near the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, and the Anderson Bridge near the mouth of the Singapore River.
The Dalhousie Obelisk was built to commemorate the second visit to Singapore, in February 1850, of the Marquis of Dalhousie, who was the Governor-General of India from 1848 to 1856. He was accompanied by his wife, the Marchioness, and the objective of the visit was to consider the reduction of administrative expenditure.
However, prominent merchants and traders, who felt that Singapore's infrastructure was not keeping pace with its economic development, wanted Dalhousie to exert his influence in their favour. To win over Dalhousie, they renamed the pier by which he came ashore Dalhousie Ghaut and marked it with a commemorative obelisk. The memorial was also built to remind succeeding merchants of the benefits of free trade.
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  • The Obelisk is located in the area near the Anderson Bridge and the Asian Civilisation Museum. The Obelisk is mediocre in my opinion, nothing special.
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  • This Obelisk is located not far from Anderson Bridge. We passed by this when heading to the Raffles Landing Site. The obelisits are ordinary.
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  • Ok if you are walking by this area, you can just have a quick look, if you have the time. Nothing much about it but definitely it is a reminder of the old Egyptian obelisk "the Cleaopatra's needle" no...  more »
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  • Amazing place to relax.
  • You cannot miss it. Great place to chill out. Put it on your trip - you can take a rest in available chair in around. Take a pictures with a glass ball- such a great reflection photo.
  • Cool place.
  • The obelisk is just next to Asian Civilization Museum. You can't miss it.
  • Cozy place to relax with great Singapore quay view. Nice place for jogging around
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