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Anderson Bridge is a vehicular bridge near The Fullerton Hotel and the Merlion Park. The bridge sports an excellent combination of intricate plaster and metalwork unmatched by any other bridge
Just cross it!
Is this the Golden Gate Bridge? No. Is it Sydney Harbour Bridge? Does it have the wow factor? No. It is mildly interesting historically, and its age and the inscriptions about it are worth reading.
Then what to do? Cross it. That is why it is there. Maybe you could pretend to be one of the coolies preserved in brass on the river bank nearby or one of the naked and equally brassy urchins diving into the Singapore River, but more than likely you will feel like a water buffalo trudging across from the air con in the Asian Civilizations Museum to the air con of the Fullerton as soon as you can.
Mind you, the Fullerton does not have water buffalo suites .
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a beautiful bridge!
I've crossed the Anderson bridge a couple of times, usually after I've finished watching something at the Esplanade and decided to wander along the Singapore River with my friends.
It's a beautiful bridge, for sure. The architectural design is unique and eye-catching, and looks quite elegant, even if it's rather old, and shows signs of wear and tear. On the bridge itself, you get quite a lovely view of the Singapore River and the surrounding area.
Objectively speaking though, it does little more than serve it's most basic function as simply a bridge for you to cross over. I'm not sure if it can qualify as a legit attraction.
Beautiful splendour of the Majestic Bridge
The bridge stands strong, despite it worn down state of its slowly rusting and peeling skin. The whiteness of the bridge stands out against the dull grey of the water below it. The atmosphere is silent and quiet; majestic and slightly worn.
Today, the bridge still stands, slightly neglected, known as the "white bridge" that is above one of the flowing currents of the Singapore River. For me, however, when I first saw the bridge, I was just thought it was another one of those architectural structures that was crafted for the beauty of the place. Boy, was I wrong.
The bridge is nostalgic in its Colonial like structure which reminds me of the glory days of the British Rule. In fact, the bridge strikes me as something once proud, and now, slightly weathered, but not unbowed.
Although it is slightly off from the heart of the city, it is usually surrounded by the urban hubbub of the traffic and people walking around. Despite that, the atmosphere is quite conducive to sit down and relax and do some people watching - one of the most enjoyable passive sport.
My first photographic subject
When I first started learning photography under the tutelage of an experienced pro who had a shop at Peninsula Plaza, I was taken to Anderson Bridge to be taught how to compose a picture. The time was roughly about 6pm and the light was nice and soft. Because I was shooting black and white film, I didn't have the luxury of reviewing my shots instantly so I had to visualise and plan every shot.
The result after development of the film and prints was pretty good and I realised just how handsome this bridge looked in black and white. Between this and the Helix Bridge nearby, I find the Anderson Bridge to be one that has it's own distinguishing character with its quirks and imperfections.
Despite it's seamless flow of wielded metal and sophisticated symmetry, it didn't evoke any "OMG" speechless moment. I was impressed by how successful they were in conserving this piece of metal by preventing it from corroding away. It looked rather new albeit a tinge of vintage.
I was an avid fan of candid camera and Just for Laughs. After watching several episodes of the Asian segment, I realised that the venue in which these shows were recorded were usually here, near Anderson Bridge. Hence, I headed there with the hope that I may catch a glimpse of either Candid Camera or Just for Laughs.
Neither Just for Laughs nor Candid Camera were there that day. It was only me, myself and the bridge. After spending several hours what with the spare time in my hands, I've bridged a closer relationship with the bridge. Literally. I knew which angle was the shadiest and which bolt was the rustiest. Nothing spectacular. Just a plain old bridge that has been conserved along with it's British element.
Not a very experential attraction
This bridge is appreciated for it's architectural and technical design, but that's really it. This is a bridge more to be talked about from the theoretical point of view in terms of its architectural superiority in being able to balance artistic sensitivity with technical credit. Personally, I do not find much that is of interest from this bridge in terms of its design.
I've walked across this bridge a few times and boy is it noisy with cars zooming back and forth past you, This is not a bridge where one can relax and have a good view of the river. It's a very impractical attraction. You can't do much here and pictures taking is not a conducive activity to have in this urbanized bridge.
A good keep!
If I'm not wrong this bridge was constructed in the early 1900s and it really is a pretty grand-looking bridge with its steel and faded white plaster structure (: Granted it's not a prime tourist spot for people to go out of their way to visit, it does serve as a nice fandangle with the river in sight (:
Even though it really doesn't do any more than connect vehicles from Empress Place to Collyer Quay, I think its a good change of scene (: Having a couple of illustrious and dignified-looking aged bridges around town won't do any harm especially when we're progressing so fast as an urban country!
The Anderson Bridge is really just a bridge. I don't know if there is any significance to its name or structure, but to me, as long as it does not crumble when I cross it, it's serving its purpose well.
Although I don't find anything appealing, I ought to say the structure of it is quite grand. It looks a little old, but the grandeur of the bridge is there.
Nothing special about this bridge, when you're there, just snap a few pictures. If you're not there, then you aren't missing out on much.
Don't go there just to look at the bridge, it isn't worth your time.
A bridge over still water :)
I have stopped and pondered over this bridge once just to end my curiosity. What really made this bridge so special?
The main intention of Anderson Bridge is to lessen the overload of Cavenagh bridge many many years past. And until now, it still serves its purpose.
However, the structure of Anderson Bridge is “so Singapore”. With the country’s attempt to making Singapore world class, every angle is made pleasing. Indeed it has done its part in making the place majestic. It could have been a simple architecture but it was made intricate to add to the beauty of the surroundings. It's where tourists often pass from one tourist spot to another and the bridge somehow has given a good impression to Singapore tourism.
Splendid photographs can be captured from this bridge with the view of Singapore river on one side and cityscape on the other. It could be worth a stop for tourists.
I've walked on this bridge a few times and it hadn't buckled or collapse under me so yeah, it's serving it's purpose well enough.
There's something to say about it's architecture style though. It's old and grand looking, especially with the towering pillars at both sides of the bridge. When you pass through those pillars, you know you're not walking on just any old bridge. You knew, with pride welling up right from the bottom of your heart, that you're walking on none other than THE Anderson bridge!
Or you could feel like every other person out there who sees this bridge for what it really is - a bridge.
Just a bridge
Like the title says, The Anderson Bridge is just a bridge. Really, it is. There's nothing really special about this bridge. It is in short, just a bridge.
The only thing worth mentioning would be the fact that it overlooks rather pretty scenery and you can gaze at the river, although there isn't anything to look at. At best, it would be a cool place to snap a few shots of yourself or with friends or family, but that's just it. Most of the time, people just walk right across (as they rightly should) to get to wherever they want to go.
It can't really be considered much of an attraction, especially since it's only about a two-minute walk.