Singapore Lighthouses

I do love lighthouses. I try to visit lighthouses since they’re so photographic to me, and with Mike being a sailor and all, I always get to thinking about the sailors that looked to these lighthouses as safety beacons in the past.  When I was in Alexandria (Egypt) recently, I missed out on a chance to visit the lighthouse there and I was disappointed.

Today while talking to Raymond from ManontheLam, he mentioned he was in Singapore and I got to thinking about what kind of lighthouses were in Singapore. I sometimes think I underestimated Singapore and I might actually have to give it another chance on a future visit.

I found 4 lighthouses in Singapore worth mentioning for other lighthouse enthusiasts out there:

Horsburg Lighthouse

*credit World Lighthouse Society

This is a lighthouse which marks the eastern entrance to the Straits of Singapore. This lighthouse is situated on Pedra Branca island.

The lighthouse was named after Captain James Horsburgh, a Scottish hydrographer who worked for the East India Company. Captain Horsburgh mapped many seaways around Singapore in the late 18th and early 19th century. It was first constructed in 1851. It is also referred to as the Pedra Branca Lighthouse.

Sultan Shoal Lighthouse

*credit Lighthouse Magazine

Located in western Singapore, this lighthouse was built in 1895. I do believe you must acquire a permit to visit this lighthouse, but it is possible. These days it is operated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. You can only reach this lighthouse by boat as well, and a visit seems well worth it to check out the mixture of Victorian and Oriental design.

Raffles Lighthouse

Named after Sir Thomas Samford Raffles, the modern founder of Singapore, this lighthouse is closed to the public due to restrictions in the waters surrounding it. Although I suppose you could get a boat to take you as close as possible and photograph it with a zoom lens if you really wanted to!

*credit on photo

This lighthouse was built on a rocky island called Pulau Satumu, the southernmost off shore island of Singapore. Furthermore, there is a coral reef surveying program that monitors the status of corals, invertebrates, and reef fish at islands including Palau Satumu.

Fort Canning Lighthouse

This lighthouse is situated overlooking the Singapore harbor. Although the lighthouse is not active, the lights still work and a duplicate sits at the spot today to mark the historical significance of the original lighthouse in history. This lighthouse played an important role in the early maritime history of Singapore.

*photo creative commons/wiki

It was first lit in 1903 and finally deactivated in 1958. This was one of 13 important lighthouses that played a role in guiding ships in safely through the Singapore harbor.


If I make my way towards Singapore in the future I’d love to check out some of these lighthouses, as well as check off everything on my list of 6 things to do in Singapore. 


Tip: I’ll make sure I visit during one of the important festivals such as Chinese New Year or the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts, which sounds incredibly interesting.



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