Located just off the southwestern coast of Sentosa Island in Singapore is a supposed geographic phenomenon – the Southermost Point of Continental Asia.
The setting is located, logically enough, on the water and offers a gorgeous view of the port of Singapore. There is a problem though.
Not only is Singapore an island, Sentosa is an island and even the small spit of land where this sign is located is an island off of Sentosa. That’s three islands! So just how then can anyone lay claim to the fact that this is the Southernmost Point of CONTINENTAL Asia?!
Such a tourism ruse is unlike Singapore, my favorite island city-state. I guess it really doesn’t matter in the long run though. There probably aren’t a lot of people like me who walk past the bright lights of the myriad attractions found on Sentosa in order to find this small spot of dubious tourist interest, but I’m glad I did. We got there just as the sun was setting and it made for a wonderful first evening in the home of the Merlion.
So if you’re looking for the Southernmost Point in Continental Asia, I seriously doubt that this tertiary island is the real deal. But if you’re looking for a quiet evening walk along the water in what is usually an all too hectic city, then a trip to the sign will serve you well.
11 thoughts on “The Southernmost Point of Continental Asia – Or Is It?”
I wanta go!!!
Tourism trickery! Oh well, looks beautiful so no regrets, right?
absolutely none. It was a gorgeous spot
It might not be the Southernmost Point of CONTINENTAL Asia but it is south coast of the main island of Singapore. =P
When I first saw the sign, I was shocked too (and I am born and bred here) because I had been to the real southern most tip of continental Asia. It is not even in Singapore. It is Tanjong Piai in Johor, Malaysia. It has a rustic coastline. Other than some chalets out at sea, it is virtually untouched. To be fair, I have not heard Singapore Tourism Board tout about this untruth before. It is probably the doing of the Sentosa Island management.
Cool post! Some thing definitely seems off about it being the southernmost point. Thanks for sharing.
Whatever good excuse they might have found to link the Malay peninsula with Singapore, Sentosa to Singapore island and this islet to Sentosa (techtonic plates or low tide), why not picking the most southern point of Sentosa a bit more towards the East? Or is that all reclaimed land? Nevertheless, a nice spot.
Isn’t Singapore is the only island city-state? (Vatican City, Monaco, Source: Wikipedia)
I agree, Tanjong Piai. Yes, you can walk across the causeway but naturally it’s the Malaysian side.
If you look on a map, this point isn’t even the southernmost point of Sentosa. It actually faces southeast. But it’s still a nice area, and it isn’t like they’re making money off this island.
Welp, I meant southwest.
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