27 Jun '17, 10am

S’pore’s Stamford Raffles statue at Empress Place was unveiled 130 years ago https://t.co/pcpE3RvZ8k

S’pore’s Stamford Raffles statue at Empress Place was unveiled 130 years ago https://t.co/pcpE3RvZ8k

In case you didn’t know, there are two statues of Stamford Raffles statues in Singapore. One is white in colour and located on the bank of the Singapore River known as the Raffles Landing Site. Raffles statue at Boat Quay. Source: Visit Singapore And the other, which is black in colour, is located at Empress Place, in front of Victoria Memorial Hall. It is also the oldest of the two. According to the National Museum of Singapore, the Empress Place statue was sculpted by famed sculptor-cum-poet, Thomas Woolner, and was unveiled 130 years ago today, on June 27, 1887, during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Day. The bronze statue was nicknamed orang besi (or “iron man” in Malay). A little known fact about the statue is that Woolner traced a map on the base of the statue. The map showed the area around the Straits of Malacca, metaphorically alluding to Raffles “setting foot” on...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/06/spores-stamford-raffles-stat...

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