Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Fullerton Hotel

While walking around Marina Bay, the Fullerton Hotel is clearly the most visible colonial building in sight.


The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore


This grand dame had passed though many hands. During its early days, it had 5 founding tenants that included the GPO and Maritime Department. During WW2 when Japan occupied Singapore, it was used as a hospital. In the 1970s and 90s, it became the headquarter for Inland Revenue Authority. In 1997, it was developed into what it is today, a 5-star hotel with 400 rooms.


Plaque, Joseph Conrad, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore
This plaque stands outside the hotel tells how Joseph Conrad
once had a close association with this building.
(Click to enlarge)

Front entrance, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore


While its neo-classical fa├žade is stately balanced, but I found the grey granite rather cold and depressed, especially on a cloudy day. The golden glow of the dusk helps to lift its spirit.


Cavenagh Bridge, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel and Cavenagh Bridge bathed in the golden light

I had gone under it many times, using their underpass to get from Raffles Place to Marina Bay. I have never really explored her fully. Today, after my walk around Marina Bay for the SG50 exhibits, I decide to make her a better acquaintance.

Hallway, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore
Hallway at one of the basement


Coming from the basement, you take this graceful staircase to get to the lobby on the street level.

Staircase, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore Staircase, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore Staircase, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore


The lofty columns and ceiling draw your eyes upwards to produce a sense of towering space as you climb the staircase. The triangular shaped atrium accentuates this elevation. How the triangular atrium comes about in a rectangular building is interesting to note.

Atrium, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore Atrium, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore

Atrium, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore



The Fullerton Postmaster Bear mascot making a special appearance for SG50.

Life sized Fullerton Postmaster Bear mascot, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore
Postbox, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore


More of the smaller mascots could be seen in the lobby.

Fullerton Postmaster Bear mascot during SG50 celebration, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore

Fullerton Postmaster Bear and Singa mascots during SG50 celebration, The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore
The Fullerton Bear can be seen holding Singa lion (the Kindness campaign mascot).

As part of the SG50 celebration, the hotel also put on this video projection.

It's not unusual in Singapore for a 5-star hotel (or the newer mega shopping mall like Ion Orchard for that matter) to have art gallery that hold regular artworks (usually paintings). Singapore has a thriving art market with more than 720 art galleries, and this hotel has one of them. This gives art-lovers more reason to visit the hotel more than once.



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