Mourners in Singapore, hoping for a glimpse of former leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin, are being urged to stay away as waiting times reach 10 hours.

The government said it "strongly advises" the public not to join the sprawling queue and to instead visit community tribute sites set up across the island.

As of late morning on 27 March, some 230,000 people had viewed Lee's coffin at Parliament House, the government said. The queue – several kilometres long – starts at the Padang, an open field in downtown Singapore, crosses a park and snakes along the Singapore River to Parliament House.

Dozens of tents have been erected in the Padang to shelter mourners from the tropical sun and government workers handed out water and umbrellas.

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Thousands of people queue up to pay their respects to the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Padang grounds outside Parliament House in SingaporeEdgar Su/Reuters
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People shelter under tents as they queue up to pay their respects to the late prime ministerEdgar Su/Reuters
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People use umbrellas to shelter from the tropical heat as they queue up to pay their respectsEdgar Su/Reuters
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Members of the Singaporean military carry tents to provide shade for members of the public queueing up to pay their respects to Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan YewMohd Fyrol/AFP
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A serviceman hands out umbrellas to people queuing up to pay their respects to the late prime ministerEdgar Su/Reuters
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An usher holds a sign showing the length of the estimated waitEdgar Su/Reuters
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Members of the public move towards Parliament House to pay their respects to the late former prime ministerMohd Fyrol/AFP
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Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as he lies in state at Parliament HouseRoslan Rahman/AFP
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An officer stands guard as mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament HouseRoslan Rahman/AFP
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Mourners cry as they pay their respects to Singapore's late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament HouseRoslan Rahman/AFP
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Members of the public queue near Cavenagh bridge at dusk to pay their respects to Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan YewMohd Fyrol/AFP
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People wait to pay their respects to Lee Kuan YewEdgar Su/Reuters
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People shield themselves from the sun as they queue up to pay their respects to the late prime ministerEdgar Su/Reuters

Lee's death at the age of 91 on 23 March has been met with a huge outpouring of grief. Lee was Singapore's prime minister for 31 years, ruling until 1990 and is regarded by Singaporeans as the architect of the country's economic success.

Foreign leaders and dignitaries expected at Lee's funeral on 29 March will include Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former US President Bill Clinton.