Singapore Historical Destinations and Attractions

St Andrew’s Cathedral Singapore

Located in the Civic District, St Andrew's Cathedral is the largest and the first Anglican church in Singapore. Designed by Colonel Ronald McPherson in Neo-Gothic style. St Andrew's Cathedral was built in 1857 after the original building destroyed by two lightning strikes.

Walking into the cathedral through the gate, you will see three stained-glass windows that fill the apse (half-dome). Each dedicated to an important person in local history, Sir Stamford Raffles who was sitting in the middle. And if you want to learn more about the history of the cathedral, take a walk to the guests center to view artifacts and more.

No wonder why St Andrew's Cathedral is one of the most valuable works in the architecture of Singapore. Designated as a national monument in 1973, you will be amazed to see the grandeur of this building.

Address: 11 St Andrew's Road Singapore 178 959

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Located in Little India, Serangoon Road, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple dedicated to the once of the Hindu Gods, Kali.

Built in 1855 by Tamil immigrants, the temple has an South India  architectural style. At the gate and tower, a common element in South Indian temple architecture built on a height so it can be seen from a distance, so that people can pray from a distance, even if they are not able to visit the temple.

Address: 141 Serangoon Rd Singapore 218042

The Thian Hock Keng Temple

In Singapore, where the Chinese immigrants first arrived, there was a sense of togetherness to build a temple dedicated to Mazu, Goddess of the Sea. The Thian Hock Keng Temple was founded in 1821 by fishermen who feel grateful for safe passage, before the land was reclaimed.

Try to see the amazing architecture of the temple, built in the style of South China's traditional architecture. With stone, tile and wood, dragon and phoenix, detailed carvings, intricate statues and columns were awesome - all so amazing because it can be combined without nails.

Address: 158 Telok Ayer St Singapore 068613

Sultan Mosque Singapore

The mosque was founded in 1825 at a cost of $ 3,000, donated from the East India Company. In the next century in 1928, Denis Santry, an architect from Swan and McLaren, using the Islamic-Saracenic style that combines ideas from Indian tradition and Muslim tradition, he was redesign the mosque that combines the function between the towers and balustrades.

The best view of the building is from Bussorah Street in Kampong Glam district, this street is the center of coffee shops, as well as antique shops and traditional clothing.

Address: 3 Muscat St Singapore 198833

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman was built in 1827, before being replaced by a brick building in 1843. Located in the Chinatown area, and like many other historic worship places, this first Hindu temple in Singapore is one of the national monuments.

This temple reflects from South India architectural, that seen in pagoda towers shaped. If you are at the gate, look up and see the tower covered by figurative sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythological beasts.

See also details inside - the god carved around the walls, the door-bell decorated and frescoed ceilings. Firewalking festival, Thimithi, celebrated here, and here is a place for Hindu wedding ceremony. If you only have time to visit only one temple, you can visit this temple.

Address: 244 South Bridge Road Singapore 058793

The Old Parliament House

The Old Parliament House is Singapore's first government building designed as a multi-disciplinary arts center. A Victorian-style mansion, which is surrounded by a white fence net, designed and built by leading architects colonial era, an Irishman named George Drumgould Coleman in 1827, to Scottish merchant John Maxwell.

Converted into cultural and artistic heritage site in 2004, Old Parliament House was renamed and relaunched as The Arts House. Not far from the Asian Civilisations Museum (Museum of Civilization Asia) and is behind the new Parliament House, where you can attend movies, art exhibitions, plays and concerts here.

Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429

MICA Building

MICA building, which has 911 windows, painted in various colors like green, red, yellow and blue, surely attract your eyes while you explore at the Civic District.

The building is a former space for assembly, space for public functions, and other buildings that have been used as a theater and a school between 1845-1856.

Built in 1934 as the Old Hill Street Police Station (OHSPS), the police station which is the largest government buildings.

Address: 140 Hill Street Singapore 179369

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Designed by RAJ Bidwell Swan and MacLaren, the hotel opened on December 1, 1887 with 10 rooms spread across two wings. With a garden setting and classic architecture, this hotel has been turned into an icon where famous names in literature such as Somerset Maugham, Herman Hesse and Rudyard Kipling had lived in one of the many rooms in this hotel.

The hotel is named based on the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, and was originally the residence of an Arab merchant, Mohammed Alsagoff, this building later became part of a colonial hotel company, owned by the famous Sarkies brothers.

Address: 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673

Lau Pa Sat

First opened in 1825, the market is used to extend the land to the sea, so the traders can make loading and unloading their goods directly to the boat. This place formerly called Telok Ayer Market, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market has stalls concepts, spreads and provide delicious local food with a menu known as satay and grilled seafood.

New markets are also restored to allow for land reclamation, but rebuilt again in 1894, with designs by urban engineer James MacRitchie. This market is open 24 hours.

Address: 18 Raffles Quay Singapore 048582

Jamae Chulia Mosque

Is the first mosque in chinatown. Built in 1826, Jamae Chulia Mosque is the first of three mosques in Chinatown built by Chulias, a Tamil Muslim from the Coromandel Coast in South India. Along with its neighbor, Sri Mariamman Temple, the mosque stands in a predominantly chinese ethnic.

If you're looking for something different building, you can come to this place. The building has an eclectic style. Complex design of the castle facade applied to the door and a small window shaped cross.

Address: 218 South Bridge Road Singapore 058767

Goodwood Park Hotel

Built in the 19th century as the Teutonia Club for German expatriates in Singapore, Goodwood Park Hotel is a famous site for its colonial architecture. Located along Scotts Road shopping lane, the club was converted into a hotel in 1929.

The architecture was greatly influenced by Victorian culture, and was designed by RAJ Bidwell of Swan and MacLaren, who also designed the Raffles Hotel. During the early years, Goodwood Park is visited by many international leading figures from  entertainment, politics and literature.

Address: 22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221

Empress Place Building

Built in 1865, this building is the courthouse for 10 years, then become a civil administrator's office, and also Department of Immigration office.

Later,  the building was renamed the Empress Place Building in 1890 to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria. Prior to the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), the building is also home to Empress Place Museum for six years. Located on the banks of the Singapore River, The Empress Place Building was originally designed by colonial engineer JFA McNair with Neo-Palladian style.

Address: 1 Empress Place Singapore 179555

Armenian Church

Built in 1835, The Armenian Church in Hill Street is the oldest Christian church in Singapore. Designed by Irish architect George Coleman, the church is considered his masterpiece and dedicated to Saint Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian monk.

The church is dedicated to the Armenian community who had a big influence for the country of Singapore. Armenian famous people in Singapore include Sarkie brothers who build and manage Raffles Hotel, Agnes Joaquim, who grow orchids Vanda, called "Miss Joaquim" (dubbed as Singapore's national flower), and Catchick Moses, who founded the national newspaper The Straits Times .

Address: 60 Hill St Singapore 179366

People of The River

Around the edges of Singapore River, you will find a variety of statues, each depicting scenes in ancient times. If you love cats, look to the right while crossing the Cavenagh Bridge. An adorable view, cat Kuncinta is a statue of three cats, each with a thick coat and string bands cats of different colors.

On the left side of the bridge, you will see a statue of the First Generation, where a naked boys jumping to dive from the bridge and then swim - a rare thing, it is almost impossible to see it nowhere in Singapore. Rich Merchant, near the historic Fullerton Hotel describes one of the early merchants in Singapore, Alexander Laurie Johnston was mingled with traders.

Address: Singapore River

Chinese Garden

You can learn the ancient of Chinese culture in Singapore when you visit to the Chinese Garden. This place have a north Chinese imperial style on its landscape and architecture. The garden is designed by Taiwan architect Yuen-Chen Yu.

Here you can see the beauty of the Bonsai Garden, built using 1,000 bonsai trees imported from China. The park is connected to the Japanese Garden, located near the "Pai Hung Ch'iao" or "White Rainbow Bridge", which was built in bridge style of 17th century, like the Summer Palace in Beijing.

In the Chinese Garden there is also an area called Japanese Garden. There will be some building with a Japanese-style design, and you can also find many style bonsai here.

Address: 1 Chinese Garden Singapore 619795

Dalhousie Obelisk

Dalhousie Obelisk is located in the Civic District of Singapore and was built to commemorate the Marquis Dalhousie second visit in February 1850. Governor-General of India 1848-1856, Marquis Dalhousie came with his wife, in order to consider ways to reduce administrative expenses.

This is an important architectural elements designed by John Turnbull Thomson when he was a surveyor for the government, it is believed that the design is based on a model of "Cleopatra's Needle" on the Thames Embankment in London. This may explain the influence of English style on the high form of building, and with four lights on the top corners, making it a great place to take photos.

Address: Empress Place Singapore 179555


CHIJMES (pronounced "chimes") is a Neo-Classical style building which has now become one of the most aesthetically retaurant in Singapore. Located next to the Raffles Hotel, Chijmes style similar to London's Covent Garden, with green lawns, marble waterfall and spatial page gives charm to this place, the elegance of the past world.

Designed by George Coleman (who also designed the Old Parliament House and the Armenian Church), Chijmes became known as Caldwell House - the residence of Senior Judge aide. Later it became the home of the nuns and the First Lady, before being developed into two additional buildings - Orphanage and Gothic-style chapel with beautiful stained glass windows. Chijmes is one of the most famous lifestyle center in Singapore.

Address: 30 Victoria Street Singapore 187996

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