Empress Place is significant for its historicity, as it is cited along the Singapore River and near to the supposed landing site of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. He was believed to have landed at what is now known as ‘Raffles Landing Site’, around the corner of the Asian Civilisation Museum. Located there now is the iconic white statue of Sir Stamford Raffles along the Singapore River.
The greens of Empress Place front the old Empress Place Building, currently the second wing of the Asian Civilisation Museum. The Sir Stamford Raffles Bronze statue and Dalhousie Obelisk are two key historical monuments in the area, among other sculptures and artwork by artist partners.
When the Civic District was redeveloped in 2014, eight Rain Trees (samanea saman), were affected by the re-alignment of Fullerton Road. As part of the conservation efforts, these eight trees were transplanted along the periphery of the new lawn.
Empress Place runs along the Singapore River from North Bridge Road to Fullerton Road. It is bounded by Empress Place road, Fullerton Road and surrounded by Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall and the Asian Civilisation Museum
How to get there: By MRT: alight at Raffles Place station (NSL) or City Hall station (NSL) or Esplanade station (CCL) via Esplanade Park
Nearest Parking: New Parliament House, National Gallery Singapore, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay.
Lighting hours: 7.00pm - 7.00am
Nearby Parks: Esplanade Park, Raffles Place Park, War Memorial Park
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Specific Do’s and Don’ts: No skateboarding, no parking