Historic Sites in Singapore

Historic Sites in Singapore, Singapore

Singapore Historic Sites

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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,658 contributions
    Happened to past by this attraction and decided to have a glimpse again after so many years. In my memory, Haw Par Villa has always been associated with the Eighteen levels of hell (十八层地狱). The gruesome scenes of sinners boil in steamers, their tongues being ripped out; bodies steamed out in hot burner columns; bodies dismembered into pieces by saws, knives were still fresh and vivid, etched in my memory lanes. It was shock therapy to the young minds. This part of the attraction has moved to the hell museum and admission requires an entrance ticket.

    Chinese mythology is best depicted here in statues and sculptures with moral lessons for those who understand them. In 白蛇传 (Legend of the White Snake), heaven is moved by the filial piety of the son and the pagoda which towered over his mother (the white snake), collapsed and she was saved from the spell cast by the monk, Fahai. In the Journey to the West ( 西遊記), Zhu Bajie (豬八戒) almost lost his life when he could not resist the temptation of lust and being easily seduced by the `beauties'. In the Investiture of the Gods (封神榜), King Zhou was bewitched by his concubine Daji, who is actually a vixen spirit disguised as a beautiful woman and his indulgence with her to the neglect of his duties as a King resulted in the downfall of the Shang Dynasty.

    The three deities, Fu lu Shou (福祿壽) stands right in the middle of the villa representing the Taoist concept of Good Fortune (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou). At another corner, the statue of Confucius stands with the word `Ren' 仁 while the statue of Lin Ze Xu (林则徐), stands facing the entrance of the villa. An upright official of the Qing Dynasty, he was well regarded as the national hero who banned the Opium Trade in Guangzhou.

    But the legacy of the founders, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par was the most spectacular. They were not very well educated, built their fortunes from the sales of their medicated plaster and medicated oil. When they amassed wealth, they had not forgotten to give back to society. From society and back to society, that was their philosophy of philanthropy (回馈社会, 饮水思源).
    Written 14 February 2024
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  • Dana S
    Sydney, Australia323 contributions
    As soon as you arrive you have the big decision. What will I eat tonight? It’s busy at night but you can find a table if you keep looking. It’s warm inside but there are fans on the ceiling. We ate here twice. Good value and very tasty meals. Worth a visit for sure.
    Written 29 April 2023
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    Grand complex of buildings now serving as restaurants and a function Centre. It dates to 1854 with the purchase of Caldwell House. The Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus chapel was completed in 1903 and consecrated the following year. Saint Nicholas Girls' School was established in 1933 in four old houses+ which were replaced by a three storey building in 1951. The complex ceased to function in 1983 and the chapel deconsecrated. Today's facilities are the result of extensive restorations undertaken between 1991 - 1996 when the complex became a location for bars, restaurants and function centre. When we visited a wedding was underway in the former chapel.
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
    Singapore, Singapore766 contributions
    Tucked behind The Centrepoint Mall, Emerald Hill is lined with pre-war shophouses with beautifull architectures. It is quaint with a different vibe from the mainstreet shopping belt. Recommended to visit for up to an hour.

    Nearest MRT - Somerset Station
    Written 25 January 2024
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  • NorrieFamily
    Perth, Australia54 contributions
    This historical house was a highlight of my trip to Singapore. It gave such an insight to the Peranakan heritage of Singapore.
    Our guide -Shirley - I think was her name - was enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. The tour was supposed to be an hour, but we were there for over 90 minutes. It was so engaging it didn’t feel that long.
    Only 13 people can go on the tour at once so you must book. The tickets were somewhat misleading - so tours start at 10.00am.
    We also found a cute little cafe down the street called Plain Vanilla which I would also recommend.
    Written 10 July 2023
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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore4,356 contributions
    We just love the East (SG) and that meant the Changi area.. think Changi (Point) and one will conjure up its popular holiday chalets, sailing clubs, nice fix of nasi lemak (malay rice), clubs at the food centre… but the beaches are equally alluring. We were at CC for a staycation so there’s more time exploring and to reminiscent some fond memories.
    The Changi Point Coastal Walk is a favourite spot for many, from avid photographers, exercise craze, fishing enthusiasts or just friends & families gathering.
    The broadwalk portion near Changi Cove is under renovation till 2022 so access to the Sunset Walk, Kelong & Cliff Walk are limited. We started off after a lunch at Le Xuan HK Dim Sum restaurant, from the Changi Beach Park a main meeting point as it is near to the famous Changi Village food centre and also bus terminal. Crossing the busy yet narrow Changi Creek Bridge (overseeing the Changi Ferry Terminal) this is the highest activity area ! And we begin our walk upon hitting the beach, strolled towards the east. The Changi Beach Park was improved over the years and it is a nice stretch of walk with a cyclist/skating path. One can veer out to the beach to have the sun, sea & sun feel else stay under the well-shaded path. . A continuous scenic route with the occasion roaring of airplane taking off nearby, makes a wonderful walki. A few toilet-washing facilities adds convenience.
    Still Pandemic period and supposed to have max 5 person gathering. There will be the usual picnic, small pitch tent, kiting flying (actually prohibted) and we passed the memorial of the Shook Ching Massacre (a page from SG WW II). The leisure walk along the broadway offers a beautiful view of the coastline.
    Further beyond it will be the Aviation Park Road & Nicoll Drive, where SG used to host the Singapore Airshow 2020. We did not ventured further, so we missed the Lagoon Village Food Centre and beyond. We also skip the sunset, next time perhaps..
    It was a great leisurely walk experience for us. Come try the scenic and relaxing walk yourselves.
    Written 21 December 2021
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  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore8,628 contributions
    As I have resumed my cultural and historical walking trail, my first in 2023, I am starting in Balestier and visited this memorial hall of Dr Sun Yat Sen, the founding Father of modern China! He is one of my most respected and adored "idols".

    It has been about 7 years since my last visit here - Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (孙中山南洋纪念馆,又称晚晴园).

    The two storey colonial styled villa has a nice garden and is peaceful and although it's much smaller in size than other museums, it has quite a good collection on Dr Sun and the early history of Singapore, especially about the Chinese communities then.

    The exhibits are interesting and insightful, with digital and interactive platforms to bring the history "live".

    Dr Sun, the great revolutionary leader against the Qing dynasty who overthrew the government after 11th uprising attempt in Wuhan and formed the modern Republic of China (中华民国), had his ideologies left a great impression in me. They were 天下为公 and 三民主义!

    The world belongs to everyone and not just for the few elites. And if everyone is being treated equally, justly and fairly and everything is done in accordance to the law and order, the world will be a better, more peaceful and stable place to live in.

    It is good to be back here for a revisitation, the place Dr Sun had stayed during his visits to Singapore and immersed in the rich, diversity and colourful history and legacy of Dr Sun!

    There's also a portion of Singapore's history too, mainly about the Chinese communities during the Sino-war, Japanese occupation etc.

    The museum is closed on Mondays and admission is free for Singaporeans and $8 for tourists.

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    Written 12 April 2023
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  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar14,440 contributions
    Beautiful big building with many colorful designs attract visitors to stop few minutes for pictures. It’s an official police station till present.
    Written 25 September 2023
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  • Off their P
    Manchester, UK4,268 contributions
    Our hotel was very close to these unusual buildings, and it was quite an eye-opener. We’ve never stayed over this side of the island before and it is highly recommended. It has a completely different feel than staying in the city and these buildings highlight that very well indeed.

    They give an insight into old Singapore. They are beautiful, well maintained and the history fascinating.

    It is to the city is great credit they have kept them intact whilst development goes on all around. Well worth a visit.
    Written 6 March 2023
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  • sugiphang
    Surabaya, Indonesia512 contributions
    So this is the Residence of local Singaporean, built about 1920's. Looking good with colorfull fasad, and nice pedestrian.
    TIPs: visit around 8AM or after 5PM, and dont forget your umbrealla. Its pretty Hot.
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • Flitz8-A foodie travels
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,009 contributions
    Known for colourful windows is this building,lovely to see.Love different shades and colours but better sunny weather
    Written 15 April 2018
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  • stevebintley
    Bedford, UK7,042 contributions
    I was here for a private event one evening and it provided the perfect venue for a large gathering. The food was top notch in terms of both presentation and flavour, the staff were great with the roaming drinks service throughout the evening and the general atmosphere was spot on. Of course one of the selling points at this venue is the terrace and location across the bay, which never disappoints.

    Come the end of the night the staff seemed a little confused about whether they were still permitted to serve / sell additional drinks, to the point where many people just gave up, but otherwise it’s a prime venue in a superb location.
    Written 1 September 2023
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  • DipuKV
    Pune, India2,508 contributions
    Could only view it from the outside but the easy access / visibility is a world apart from the layers of security which surround Parliament House in India!
    Written 11 March 2023
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
    Mosque Street runs parallel to Pagoda Street but is much quieter.
    Starting from New Bridge Road end, do take note of Nos 42-45 now called Empire Loft. It won the 2006 Architectural Heritage Award from URA. It was built in 1930s by the precursor to HDB, the Singapore Improvement Trust, to house the civil servants from the Custom Department during the British colonial days. It was built with a wide backlane to allow lorries to remove the nightsoil. It is now upscale apartments in the upper floor and commercial shops on the ground floor. It consists of four-storey shophouses which is unusual as most shophouses are only two or three storeys high. During conservation, the unique timber windows with heart-shaped perforation were retained. Tai Thong Cake shop is found further down the street. Many of the shophouses here have classic Baroque facade.
    At the end of the street along South Bridge Road is the National Monument, Jamae Mosque. Crossing South Bridge Road to Mohamed Ali Lane will enable one to see the Yip Yew Chong murals-Dreams Of Chinatown and Paper Mask & Puppet Seller. The mural gives a glimpse of how different races lived together in Chinatown. Look out for a yellow toy tortoise painted by the artist in the mural.
    Written 25 November 2020
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  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT2,160 contributions
    Located in the Chinatown district, the sculptures depics the hard living conditions back in the day. Known as squatters because they lived in poorly constructed and overcrowding squatter housing. They also lived without electricity or proper sanitation conditions.
    Written 6 September 2022
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