Singaporeans hoping for a glimpse of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew's coffin are being urged to stay away from the sprawling queue as waiting times reach 10 hours.

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

The death of Lee at age 91 on Monday has been met with an outpouring of grief in Singapore. Lee was Singapore's prime minister for 31 years until 1990 and is regarded by Singaporeans as the architect of the city-state's economic success.

His body is lying in state at Parliament House until Saturday evening. A state funeral is set for Sunday.

As of late Thursday evening, nearly 150,000 people had viewed Lee's coffin.