The Colonial District is home to the buildings that make up Singapore's past and present. Sir Stamford Raffles' pushed the CBD south of the river and made the north bank the administrative area, which is now the Colonial District. You can see many remnants of British rule here, including the Padang, the recreational ground where the 'members only' Singapore Cricket Club is located, and St. Andrew's Cathedral. Near the Victoria Concert Hall & Theater is the landing spot where Raffles first set foot in January 1819.
Other sights in the Colonial District include the architectural landmark, the infamous Raffles Hotel. Originally opened in December 1887 by the Sarkies brothers, and at the time, was the tallest hotel in the world. Its reputation for luxury and excellence was established in the early 1900s with it's A-list guests and when it became the first building in Singapore with electric lights and fans. To further its legendary status, the Singapore Sling was created by Ngiam Tong Boon in the Raffles Long Bar. The hotel was declared a national monument in 1987 and underwent massive renovation.
The last stop in the district is The Asian Civilizations Museum in the old Empress Place Building, named after Queen Victoria herself. The museum traces the influences of pan-Asian culture and civilization from Southeast Asia, China, India, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. The artifacts and galleries place strong emphasis on the regions that constitute ethnic Singaporeans and understanding those relationships.