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This was taken at Raffles Hotel.

The hotel was founded by four Armenian brothers: Martin, Tigran, Aviet and Arshak Sarkies. They opened the 10-room colonial bungalow at Beach Road and Bras Basah Roads on 1 December 1887. The original location was by the seaside, although continued reclamation means that the site is presently some 500 meters away from the shore. No Asians were permitted as hotel guests until the 1930s. The hotel continued to expand over the years with the addition of wings, the completion of the main building, the addition of a verandah, a ballroom, a bar and billiards room and further buildings and rooms.

The Great Depression saw trouble for Raffles Hotel and in 1931 the hotel went into receivership. In 1933, however, the financial troubles were sorted out and a public company called Raffles Hotel Ltd. was established.

Upon the capture of Singapore by the Japanese on 15 February 1942, it is commonly said that the Japanese soldiers encountered the guests of the Raffles Hotel dancing one final waltz. During World War II, the Raffles was renamed Syonan Ryokan (湘南旅館, shōnan ryokan?), incorporating Syonan ("Light of the South"), the Japanese name for occupied Singapore, and ryokan, the name for a traditional Japanese inn.

The hotel survived World War II despite the hardships Singapore faced and the use of the hotel at the end of the war as a transit camp for war prisoners. In 1987 the government declared it a National Monument.

In 1989 the hotel closed for an extensive renovation, at a cost of S$160 million.

It reopened on 16 September 1991, after being restored to its state during its heyday in 1915. The hotel has built an extension with a similar design, for a shopping arcade and new rooms.

In announcing the July 18, 2005 sale of the parent company, Raffles Holdings, Colony Capital, LLC chief executive Thomas J. Barrack said in part as the purchaser, "We deeply respect the historical significance of the Raffles Hotel Singapore and we consider it our responsibility to protect that legacy

-- All the notes above were quoted From Wikipedia --

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  • Copyright: Renier Figuracion (kiwi_explorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1834 W: 81 N: 2710] (12209)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-10-29
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-17 5:57
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