It may be strange that I adore a hotel, but this building is rich with history. It was the largest structure built during Singapore’s colonial times, first conceptualized in 1919. You can see the influence of classical greek architecture with the columns and porticos. The building was completed in 1928 at the cost exceeding $4 million. It blows my mind as this was the turn of the century.
The Fullerton Hotel dominated the skyline and on its rooftop was a lighthouse. During World War II it served as an operation room for wounded British soldiers just before the surrender to the Japanese forces. It also served as a post office and immigration office. I remember going there as a child with my parents, to collect our passports when they had to be renewed so the place carries a sense of nostalgia for me. Of course it has since been renovated to a luxury hotel and looks very different especially from the inside.
The koi fish here remind me of the sweetest little 2 year old. He is the little boy of a good friend and he loved the fish here. He was so excited to see them and gave them all names from Toy Story. He called out to them, “Hey Buzz, hey Woody” It was just so cute! He’s 7 now and not in Singapore. I miss him and I sometimes wonder if he can remember staying here when he was 2.