Sentosa Ferry Terminal

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The facade of the main entrance as viewed from the fountain gardens

Coordinates: 1°15′26″N 103°49′15″E / 1.25722°N 103.82083°E / 1.25722; 103.82083

The Sentosa ferry terminal is a defunct cruise terminal located in the island of Sentosa, Singapore.This cruise center was the first of its kind in the region. Built by the Sentosa Development Corporation in 1972 the structure was the first of the nine structures/attractions to be built on Sentosa. The terminal can cater maritime traffic to Indonesia, Batam, Karimun Jawa, Kota Tanjung Balai, Penang and Malacca. The terminal building was completed in 1987, with the now-defunct Ferry Terminal Monorail Station located within the building. After the station closed in March 2005, the station interior was kept intact, and the old monorail tracks were covered up and were forgotten.

History[edit]

Due to lack of facilities at the now defunct Clifford Pier, the government plans to build a cruise center on an offshore island. Sentosa was picked as it will become a tourist destination and will be large enough to cater to the needs of people. Since the terminal's opening in the early 1970s, at least 9 million passengers pass through its operations. However, many believed that passenger traffic declined in the mid-1990s when a small causeway was built to connect the island to mainland Singapore. The Ferry Terminal Monorail Station once served visitors to the western half of the island, but that service has ceased after the Sentosa Monorail was closed down in 2005. By the start of the early 2000s, it had become clear to locals and foreigners that with the decline of passenger traffic, the ferry terminal was losing its purpose.

Demolition[edit]

The Ferry Terminal which was alongside the famous Sentosa Musical Fountain and Fountain Gardens, were demolished on 26 March 2007.[1] The demolishing ceremony was witness by prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, the media, and people from all walks of life. Today, Resorts World Sentosa stands on the demolished section of Imbiah Lookout, with the Crane Dance performance now standing close to where the ferry terminal once stood.[2]

Replacement[edit]

After the demolition of the ferry terminal the government later built another cruise center, the Marina South Pier. It was eventually replaced by the International Cruise Terminal in the second quarter of 2012.

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