Raffles Place, the heart of the financial district, has these lawny patches that has such a lovely, calming ambience. There're always people reposing on the seats by them and taking a breather. Lots of buzz in this place, as corporate suits in ties whizz by on their cell phones or linger under their offices for a smoke. The triangular neo-classical facade is of course, the entrance to the Raffles Place train station.
There's a sculpture by Aw Tee Hong, Struggle for Survival, shaped like a boat, on one of these grassy patch right in front of OUB Centre. OUB Centre, designed by renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, has the prestigious address of 1 Raffles Place. OUB or Overseas Union Bank has been bought over by UOB (United Overseas Bank) and so the bank no longer exists.
Compare the scenery with this vintage postcard picture of old Raffles Place. I wonder why no one thought to put in a fountain here, like in the old days. Oh, I see where the neo-classical facade got its origin from, see the building on the left.
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