Dalhousie Obelisk
Dalhousie Obelisk
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It is believed that the design was modelled after “Cleopatra’s Needle” on the Thames Embankment in London, which might explain the British influences in its tall, needle-like architectural structure.
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Neighbourhood: City Hall
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  • Raffles Place • 6 min walk
  • Telok Ayer • 9 min walk
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The inscribed plaques were more of interest that the ordinary monument to which they are attached. Inscribed in English, Jawi, Chinese and Tamil.
The English inscription reads; - "Erected by the European, Chinese, and Native Inhabitants of Singapore to commemorate the visit in the month of February 1850, of the Most Noble the Marquis of Dalhousie, K. T., Governor-General of British India on which occasion he emphatically recognised the wisdom of liberating commerce from all restraints under which enlightened policy this Settlement has rapidly attained its present rank among British Possessions and with which its future prosperity must ever be identified."
It was the first public monument erected in the then Straits Settlements in 1851, and subsequently relocated on a number of occasions before arriving in its present location in 1911. Its of brick construction and plastered over, standing on a platform with short wall/platform at each corner with a decorative pinnacle lamp atop each.
Written 30 December 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,732 contributions
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Mar 2020
This monument was raised to mark the visit of James Andrew Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie. A Scotsman and colonial administrator in British India, he rose to become Governor-General of India. This obelisk was raised by the Chinese and Malay citizens of Singapore to mark his visit in 1850. Not a must see, but it’s a bit of a landmark in Boat Quay and is opposite Victoria Theatre, on Empress Lawn.
Written 8 March 2020
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,671 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
The obelisk stands to commemorate the work of the Marquis of Dalhousie who served the British administration governing the Strait Settlements. Dalhousie also was Governor General of India and played an important role in its advancement. Worth looking at if your in the area but nothing special.
Written 12 January 2020
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David D
Devon, UK25,316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Sunday 20th October and we were out and about exploring and sightseeing in Singapore.

We came across the The obelisk which is situated at Empress Place, it is very close to a number of other attractions like the Asian Civilisations Museum, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and Anderson Bridge.

A lot to see in the area, so worth including with other things, not worth a specific trip.

The Obelisk commemorates the visit of the governor-general of India (1848–1856), the Marquis of Dalhousie, James Andrew Broun-Ramsay, to Singapore in February 1850.
Written 20 October 2019
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Mohamed Sami
Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
Ok if you are walking by this area, you can just have a quick look, if you have the time. Nothing much about it but definitely it is a reminder of the old Egyptian obelisk "the Cleaopatra's needle" now located on th Thames river side in London
Written 31 August 2018
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vasavapr
Lappeenranta, Finland719 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Couples
While walking by or on the Anderson Bridge we noticed a needle like structure. It seemed interesting so I took some pictures. Later a very popular search engine told me that it was Dalhousie Obelisk.
Written 17 July 2018
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia4,763 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Couples
If you are visiting the ACM you could have a quick peek at the obelisk. It is between the ACM and the Empress Lawn.
Written 6 January 2018
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Jonathan Y
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia832 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
This structure is built by the British in its colony days. This structure is also situated next to Asian Civilization Museum. You will see this structure if you are on your way from Cavenagh Bridge to the museum. It is also a good photo taking spot.
Written 29 December 2017
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finesilver
Denver, CO2,201 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Business
This is an Obelisk near the River and part of any heritage walk or tour of the area. It is near the Fullerton Hotel and is found at Empress Place, near the Victoria Theater/Concert Hall. Just near the Anderson Bridge on the River and Raffle statue. The Obelisk was built in 1850 and has been moved around some to now its current location.

To me, this is worth a photo only in passing elsewhere, not worth seeking out at all. There is a small plaque there now detailing the history of the Obelisk.
Written 27 September 2017
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GoingFarFarAway
Tampa, FL564 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
If in the area it's worth stopping and taking a few photos but I wouldn't go out of my way for a special trip for this site.
Written 24 April 2017
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