Elgin Bridge

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  • Raffles Place • 8 min walk
  • Telok Ayer • 10 min walk

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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a historic old bridge in Singapore dating to 1929 and replacing the original built in 1862 and named after the Lord James Bruce Elgin, the Governor-General of India (1862–1863). The earlier bridge replaced a couple of timber bridges, the earlier built in 1822 on instructions of Raffles. It is an attractive box girder construction with cast iron lamps for illumination.
Written 1 January 2024
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MikeJennyQ
Onalaska, WI985 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great overview of historic first bridge location. Good photo angles on waterfront and sky line. Good access to river walk
Written 30 November 2023
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Located at the end of Boat Quay, Elgin Bridge is a lovely place for clicks, views and selfies. Was here for a morning walk.
Written 11 March 2023
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
At this site, the first wooden bridge was built by the colonial government in 1823 called the Presentment Bridge to link the northern and southern banks of the river.
The Presentment Bridge was demolished and replaced by another wooden bridge in 1844 called Thomson Bridge named after its architect John Turnbull Thomson,
(then Government Surveyor of the Straits Settlements).
It was also replaced with the first Elgin Bridge in 1862.
The second and current Elgin Bridge was completed in 1929. It is named after
the 8th Earl of Elgin, Lord James Bruce, also the Governor-General of India (1862–63).
This iconic bridge features three elegant arches supported by slender hanging columns. The concrete-encased steel framework was fabricated in Glasgow and assembled locally. There are cast-iron lamp posts and roundels of the Singapura lion at both ends of the bridge which were designed by Italian sculptor Cavalieri Rodolfo Nolli.
Two pedestrian underpasses were added in 1992 and this bridge, together with Anderson and Cavenagh Bridges, is gazetted a National Monument in 2019.
Written 1 June 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Singapore has so many great bridges that a vehicle bridge like this gets lost with other bridges more scenic and more historic. Still we crossed over and under and enjoyed the scenery, during the day and night.
Written 13 March 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a small arch bridge across the Singapore River at the western end of Boat Quay. The bridge itself isn't all that interesting, but the views of Boat Quay are amazing. Plus one for that.
Written 9 March 2020
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David D
Devon, UK20,589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Sunday 20th October and we took the wonderful Singapore River Cruise. The boat looks us along the various Quays, on the Singapore River, to the landmarks and points of interest.

As we wound our way along we sailed under a number of bridges that spanned the River, including this one.

Elgin Bridge is called Thih Tiau Kio, locally which means, iron suspension bridge. It measures 46 metres long and 25 metres in width.

It is named after a former British Govener General of India, Lord Elgin.

It transports vehicles and passengers across it on a daily basis. The roads leading up to it on either side and North and South Bridge roads.

The Bridge is illuminated at night adding an other dimension to its appeal.
Written 27 October 2019
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,864 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I liked the old iron bridge. It is like a flash back in history. It looks well maintained and is nice and white. It was pouring out when I went under it in the boat. It's nice for a city to maintain some of it's history.
Written 7 October 2019
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Chrisinkingwood2
Houston, TX5,698 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This bridge has a bit of history and is worth at least looking at as it has a long history here in Singapore.

The bridge was named after Lord Elgin, Governor-General of India (21 March 1862 - 20 November 1863) in 1862 when an iron bridge was built across the river, replacing an older wooden bridge. The current bridge was built in 1929.[ As this was the first bridge across the river, the two roads leading to it were named North Bridge Road and South Bridge Road accordingly.

The original bridges here were wooden and in 1862 an iron bridge replaced the old one and names after the 8th Earl of Elgin. It was widened in 1870 and replaced in 1929 with a new wider concrete bridge with iron side rails and lamp posts.

Elgin Bridge is known locally as thih tiau kio in Hokkien, meaning "iron suspension bridge".
Written 27 September 2019
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JH Lim
Singapore, Singapore95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
A bridge built in the early days of Singapore, connecting both sides of Singapore River.

It is a nice place to visit if you are nearby. The bridge lights up when night falls, giving it a completely different feel.
Written 16 August 2019
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