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One last look at Raffles

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Singapore’s famous hotel to close for restoration
Visitors are taking a last look at Singapore’s famous Raffles Hotel before it closes for a period of restoration. Specially curated guided tours are being held until August 12.
Affectionately known as the Grand Old Dame of Singapore, the 130-year-old hotel shuts its main hotel building and lobby on Sunday for phase two of its ongoing restoration. It will close completely at the end of this year, before reopening in the later part of 2018.
Each participant of the tour, taken by a volunteer guide from the National Heritage Board, will also receive a jar of traditional blended kaya, or coconut jam, from the hotel.
The tour provides nostalgic glimpses into the hotel’s past and tales about its many guests and visitors, including legendary actor John Wayne, Queen Elizabeth II, pop star Michael Jackson and countless writers seeking inspiration such as W Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling.
The previous restoration was conducted from 1989 to 1991, when the hotel closed for two and a half years.
Channel News Asia

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