Monuments In Singapore

Posted by Freddy on Dec-6-2010

Singapore, widely known for its recreational extravaganza, also hosts impressive buildings and monuments, mainly from the colonial era. These landmark monuments and sites tell the tale of the evolution of Singapore, how it developed from a fishing village to major trading centre. The Government of Singapore has under the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts has gazetted 58 buildings and structures in Singapore as the National Monuments of Singapore. These buildings are deemed to be of special historic, traditional, archaeological, architectural or artistic value. Some of the monuments in Singapore are the Armenian Church, the Cathay Building, Empress Place Building, Siong Lim Temple, Hong San See Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple. Now let’s have a look at these monuments.

Cathay building, the tallest skyscraper in Singapore at the time of its construction came into being in 1939. With the height of around 80 meters, the building was the first air-conditioned theatre in the country. With the passage of time, the building has acquired several roles. The Empress Place Building or the Government Offices of the colonial era currently houses the second wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum, which is one of the foremost museums of South-East Asia. The MacDonald House is counted among the first multi-storey buildings in Orchard Road. It was the first important office building after the World War II. The building which once suffered a terrorist attack is still very impressive.

Siong Lim Temple is large Buddhist temple, erected in 1908, remembers Lord Buddha’s birth and death. People from all over South-East Asia donated for the construction of the temple. The temple, which underwent elaborate restoration work with assistance from the experts of China, keeps on working as a monastery. Hong San See Temple, originally built in Tanjong Pagar in 1829, the Temple now resides at Mohammed Sultan Road. Dedicated to the God of Wealth, the construction of the later temple was completed by Lim Law, a well-known building contractor. Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest and largest temple in Singapore is dedicated to Goddess Sri Mariamman, who is adored for health and wealth. The temple is of utmost importance for the adherents of Hindu faith on the island.

The Armenian Church is the first church in Singapore. It is a fine creation of George Coleman, who was the architect of the country’s several historical buildings. A circular structure, the Church is based on the British Neo-Classical style. Coleman painstakingly chose a design which was completely in harmony with the island’s tropical climate. The Telok Ayer Church, played a significant role in the birth of Methodism in Singapore, is one of the oldest Chinese Christian churches in Singapore. It is a fascinating unification of the Chinese and Roman architectural styles. The Holy Infant Jesus Chapel is a famous historical building complex in Singapore, Convent of Holy Infant Jesus Chapel or CHIJMES was founded in 1854. Rev Mother St. Mathilde started it with three other sisters. The purview of the Chapel services kept on expanding with time.

These were a few monuments which I found pretty interesting.

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