Marina Bay




Created by reclaiming land around a body of water in central Singapore, the Marina Bay area was built to become Singapore’s new downtown for the 21st century.  At one time ships docked in the bay to transfer their passengers to smaller boats, which then ferried them to Johnston’s Pier.  Cargo ships that were too large to enter the mouth of the Singapore River anchored in the bay to load their goods onto lighter vessels for transfer to the warehouses along the river bank.  Reclamation work commenced in the 1970s and construction began in the mid 1980s.  Today the area is known by the tagline “Explore.  Exchange.  Entertain.  Singapore”.


The first to be developed was Marina Centre, which is fronted by Marina Park and its promenade.   Subsequent expansion resulted in Marina East and Marina South.  The area includes the retail shops of Millenia Walk, the shopping, dining and entertainment complex of Suntec City, and the soaring Singapore Flyer, the largest giant observation wheel in Asia.   The Marina Bay Golf course, Singapore’s first 18-hole public golf course, opened in 2006, and Marina East showcases the private residences of Tanjong Rhu, examples of “new indigenous” architecture.  


Marina Bay was the first in Southeast Asia to build a network of underground tunnels housing all cabling and piping for water, power and telecommunications to save space on ground level. 



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