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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Singapore, Heritage buildings

Singapore, old colonial area

Singapore has a heritage area from its colonial past. In its haste to modernise many old buildings were demolished but there are still a few gems around which have been beautifully restored. Using Bras Basah Road as a starting point, these buildings can be found in the surrounding streets.


One of the most famous buildings from Singapore's colonial past is the Raffles Hotel, just the name to me invokes images of prewar British expats sitting in the Long Bar drinking Singapore Slings. The hotel has been restored with a new accommodation tower behind the historic facade. This section is the shopping arcade to one side of the hotel.


The Stamford building (named for Sir Stamford Raffles, the Brit who established a trading port at Singapore in the early 1800s) The building has recently been restored, I can remember it looking somewhat ragged a few years back. 


The Freemason's Lodge.


The Philatetic Museum. (Stamp collecting)


Restored houses. 

In the first 20 or so years after independence, Singapore rushed into modernising and demolished much of its past, including large areas of Chinatown that had this type of housing. A shop on the ground floor and the family home above the shop. Thankfully the importance of these houses was recognised and the demolition stopped and the houses they are left have been restored.



Fire station

The historic area around Bras Basah Road is signposted with information about each building. A historic trail is displayed on the sign boards if you want to follow a more directed route, rather than just wandering and exploring. 


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