A: Bank of China Building, the tallest landmark in Raffles Place in the 1960's and 1970's.
B: Former General Post Office, now The Fullerton Hotel.

A 1967 aerial view of the financial district, by the Singapore River. The tallest building then was the Bank of China Building at Battery Road, behind the former General Post Office. The Bank of China Building was to stand for the next decade as the tallest landmark in Raffles Place.

A: DBS Building
B: International Plaza
C: United Overseas Bank
D: OCBC Centre

1974. The first of the two United Overseas Bank's buildings was up by then. OCBC Centre and International Plaza were both under construction - both were completed in 1976. They were two of the tallest buildings in the financial district then.

A: DBS Building
B: International Plaza
C: OCBC Centre

You can see some of our earlier skyscrapers burgeoning up from the core financial district. The 52-storey OCBC Centre by I.M. Pei was the tallest building in Singapore and even Southeast Asia when completed in 1976. This was followed by the 50-storey International Plaza and the 50-storey DBS Building.

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August 2002


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Planning for Our People

Land use planning
in Singapore

Government land sales through the years

The conservation story

URA's facilitating role in the
development of Singapore

The changing faces
of Singapore

Singapore's evolving skyline

Planning the next chapter


The teams behind Skyline
are as follows:

Advisory Committee
Lee Kwong Weng (Chairman)
Choy Chan Pong

Foo Chee See
Ler Seng Ann
Michael Koh
Ang Hwee Suan

Carol Lim
Aida Tay

Lim Chye Leong
Ng Chor Seng

Design and Production


The URA Centre
45 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069118
Tel: 6221-6666
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Urban Redevelopment Authority, 2002

Note: Plans and models shown are working tools of the Authority and therefore, tentative and subject to change.