Do you know that in Singapore, all roads lead to Fullerton Hotel where this Mile Zero marker is located?
Way before we developed our proper roads and invent the comprehensive maps, people measured landmarks and districts of Singapore by the distances (miles) across Singapore by taking the then General Post Office as the “zero-point”.
The major roads are clearly marked on this milestone. Orchard Road is 2 miles away, Bukit Timah, 7 miles away and Bukit Panjang at 10 miles away.
In the past, if someone got onto a private hire and tell the driver to take him to 7 miles, he would arrive at his destination, Bukit Timah.
This also explains why there is a mall in Bukit Panjang named Junction 10. It was formerly known as Ten Mile Junction because of its location.
You don’t just find zero mile marker in Singapore. In fact, many countries in the world have mile zero/ zero kilometre markers. Have you spotted any of them?