Keppel Island, Singapore

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Keppel Island
Native name:
Pulau Hantu
The marina on Keppel Island
The marina on Keppel Island
Keppel Island is located in Singapore
Keppel Island
Keppel Island
Geography
LocationKeppel Bay
Coordinates1°15′48.93″N 103°48′42.38″E / 1.2635917°N 103.8117722°E / 1.2635917; 103.8117722Coordinates: 1°15′48.93″N 103°48′42.38″E / 1.2635917°N 103.8117722°E / 1.2635917; 103.8117722
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Keppel Island, also known as Pulau Keppel, and formerly known as Pulau Hantu, is a small private island located in the precinct of HarbourFront in Bukit Merah, Singapore. The island is largely flat, situated in northern part of Keppel Bay, between Singapore's main island and the island of Sentosa.[1][2]

Keppel Island is connected to Singapore's main island by the 250 m long cable stayed Keppel Bay Bridge, which opened in 2008. Keppel Bay Bridge also carries the lines for electricity, water, and other services to the island.[3]

History[edit]

The island became prosperous in mid-19th century thanks to the development of the Keppel Harbour.[4] Keppel Island was used for shipbuilding and ship repair operations by Keppel Shipyard until 2000.

In 1983, the company that owned the island changed the name from Pulau Hantu, which means Ghost Island, to Keppel Island. The previous name was deemed to be disagreeable for some, and Pulau Hantu is also the name of another island in Singapore; the government allowed the change.[1]

The island was part of a waterfront luxury development effort in 2008, and it was thereafter connected to the mainland via the construction of the Keppel Bay Bridge.

Today, Keppel Island houses high-end restaurants and a marina for yachts.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pulau Hantu gives up its ghost". The Straits Times. 31 August 1983. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Pulau Keppel". nlb.gov.sg. Singapore Infopedia. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Keppel Bay Bridge - Fact Sheet" (pdf). kepcorp.it. Keppel Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "History of Keppel Bay". marinakeppelbay.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  5. ^ Teo, Joyce (22 November 2006). "Keppel to build more waterfront homes". The Straits Times.