This is a photograph of bumboats, also called twakows or tongkangs, in the Singapore River. The number of boats reflect the hive of activity in the busy river. On the right is a drum with coiled marine ropes, used for mooring boats. Towering over the shophouses at Boat Quay is the OCBC Centre. In the background are financial skyscrapers like the Hong Leong Building, Shenton House and UIC Building, set against the skyline. Physical dimensions of original: 13 x 11 cm. Title devised by Library staff. Date of creation estimated.
From the Kouo Shang-Wei Collection 郭尚慰珍藏. All rights reserved, Family of Kouo Shang-Wei and National Library Board Singapore 2007