Sir Stamford Raffles

Sir Stamford Raffles was the founder of the modern Singapore. The Lieutenant-Governor of Java and Bencoolen. First landed in Singapore on 29 January 1819, he believed that Singapore was a great place for the British to start a trading settlement.

He was responsible of the Raffles Plan of Singapore, dividing Singapore into different ethnic functional sub divisions which were segregated into four trading areas and the city was on its way to become the largest trading port in the world. Although, this concept was abandoned, the effect of the plan such as the layout of the streets and each of the districts still has present day effects.

Located at the north bank of the Singapore River,  this is the Singapore's second of Sir Stamford Raffles. The first was cast in bronze and was located originally in front of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in 1919.

He was a great man and numerous places and institutions have been named after him, such as the Raffles College, Raffles Institution, Raffles Hotel, Stamford House, Raffles City and Raffles Place