Financial District and Circular Road

Financial District

Financial District, home to many banks and financial institutions, is packed with soaring skyscrapers that lend Singapore its distinctive skyline. Over the years, building after building has battled to be the tallest; today, three have tied for the honors - OUB Building, UOB Building and Republic Plaza, all standing at the maximum permissible height of 280 meters. The most striking way to experience the giddy heights of the Financial District is by surfacing from Raffles Place MRT - follow the signs for Cecil Street out of the station.

You can see some of our earlier skyscrapers burgeoning up from the core financial district. The 52-storey OCBC Centre by I.M. Pei was completed in 1976. This was followed by the 50-storey International Plaza and the 50-storey DBS Building.

Singapore's economy is based mainly on its strong export manufacturing and financial and business service sectors. Singapore’s financial district serves all of Southeast Asia’s economic needs. A must go in the area is the Lau Pa Sat, where you will find a smorgasbord of local hawker fare.

Circular Road

Sandwiched between Boat Quay and the financial district is Circular Road, frozen in time and almost detached in its continual determination to survive the changing rivers cape. Circular Road resembles Singapore in the 1950s, where clans and societies, traders and wholesalers still eke out their modest living amidst towering banks and entrepreneurial glitterati. Circular Road oozes the old world charm best seen during the working hours of 10 am - 5 pm.