Over 68m travellers passed through Changi Airport in 2019, making it the 7th busiest airport in the world for international traffic. It as also recently been voted the number one airport again and Singaporeans quite rightly so, are proud of the status and credibility that this landmark brings to the country.
Landmarks across the Lion City are symbols of pride for many Singaporeans. They represent places of social interaction as well as showcasing life in the city to the many millions of visitors that come each year to explore.
However, the restrictions due to Singapore’s circuit breaker have given rise to unexpected sights across areas and landmarks that would usually be bustling with visitors, excited in experiencing Singapore’s rich culture.
Even office workers are a rare sight in what is usually a very busy central business district. Isolated buildings, open spaces usually crowded with resting tourists and workers enjoying their lunch breaks are now quiet.
It is probably a once in a lifetime experience, not to enjoy but to reflect. How a city of over 5m people suddenly became a ghost town and yet it shows the magnitude of what the Covid -19 pandemic has created. The scenes can be replicated across many cities worldwide.
However, a production company in Singapore has documented these events and wants to share this as a reminder in years to come that for a brief period – the city virtually stopped.
The video, titled One Day This Will All Be History was produced by local company Picture Perfect Productions. The 360-degree video captures empty scenes in usually crowded locations like Merlion Park, Lau Pa Sat and City Hall. Viewers can explore the 360-degree view using a smartphone or computer or get the full immersive experience through a virtual reality headset.
Mr Andrew Psarianos, chief executive of Picture Perfect Productions, and his colleague, Mr Caleb Rozzario, spent a day walking through areas of Singapore and recorded the scenes with their 360 cameras.
Mr Psarianos said ‘that having worked with DAB Events and Business Traveller Connect, he wanted to show business travellers that Singapore as with many other cities are missing the many millions of visitors we take for granted a year and capturing the emptiness of popular attractions and business districts marked a rare, historic moment, and he wanted to document and archive these sights through the immersive experience of VR video.’
The emptiness of popular tourist attractions and business districts marked a rare, historic moment, and he wanted to document and archive these sights through the immersive experience of VR video.
As these things are set to test us, we know Singapore will come back stronger and wiser and open for business very soon, as history as shown over the many years of adversity that is has had to endure.
Everybody loves visiting the Lion City whether for business or pleasure and we look forward to the day in the very near future to welcoming everyone back.