For thousands of years, we’ve questioned the meaning of life, death, and the afterlife. This year, Haw Par Villa aims to enlighten generations of Singaporeans on the meaning of death and the dying culture that surrounds it.
With the newly opened Hell’s Museum, Singapore’s longest-running cultural theme park has been transformed into a realm where death and the afterlife meet. The Museum’s experiential exhibition aims to educate visitors with engaging and comparative insights on how death and the afterlife are viewed and interpreted across different religions, cultures and the ages. Bringing together our blended identities as Asians, Hell’s Museum also provides a window to understanding how the various cultures, religions and philosophical concepts are interconnected and how much they have in common.
Haw Par Villa has recently reopened its doors following extensive upgrading works.
Haw Par Villa - formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden – is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of Asian culture, history, philosophy and religion – quirky yet enlightening, at the same time. Since 2015, it is managed by Journeys Pte Ltd, an award-winning heritage specialist passionate in preserving and bringing the heritage gem to greater heights.
Check out the fresh look of the park, with restored sculptures such as the Main Arch and the fully air-conditioned Ten Courts of Hell. Technology is also used to create an immersive experience for visitors. Be greeted by projection mapping at the main entrance and enhanced lighting when you visit the park at night. What's more, you can look forward to more offerings, including a new restaurant and the world's first Hell's Museum, that will be added to the park in October.
Everyone should have the right to buy artwork. Art is unexpected, imaginary, sensitive - in short essential. With more than 600 exhibited artists, Carré d'artistes at Paragon wishes to alter the landscape of a very exclusive art market. Going from Paris to Singapore, not to mention Amsterdam and Moscow, they are the largest art gallery in the world.
Today, they offer artists international visibility and the extraordinary opportunity to devote their lives to their passion.
Their art curators carefully select each artist for his unique work and assertive style, in order to offer you a collection of works of all styles, quality and at a fixedrate. Each artwork is unique, not to mention a result of passionate work and many inspriations.
Whether you are a novice or already an art lover, whether you wish to give a unique touch to your indoors or offer intense emotions to a loved one, you will definitely find your happiness among their artworks.
Eat. Drink. Party. Welcome to Yum Sing, an experiential dining and entertainment concept that pays homage to the colourful 60’s.
Travel back in time, let your hair down and have fun like how the party-people did in the 60’s, in true Singaporean style.
Let’s celebrate our collective love for food and a great time at a truly Singaporean playground, with a dose of nostalgia and blissful enjoyment, where the Yum Never Ends.
They pay tribute to the heritage, passion, culture and culinary artistry of our hawker masters, with a selection of authentic Singapore favourites. Savour Yu Sheng all year round, and let’s eat, drink, and be Mary!
A historic double-wide heritage house in the heart of one of Singapore’s most beautiful neighborhoods, two former warehouse buildings built in 1908 were combined to form Robertson House.
In 1999, the property was recognized as a cultural asset by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.
At Robertson House, clients and collectors can host corporate off-sites, film and television shoots, and social events, from formal meetings and presentations to casual meet-ups, brunches, even formal dinners.
Singapore Philatelic Museum will be closed for redevelopment to refresh the museum’ infrastructure, content and offerings to enhance the visitor experience for Singaporeans. This will be a major redevelopment since SPM’s opening in 1995. The museum will be closed to the public from 18 March 2019, and is expected to re-open to the public in 2021.
Dedicated to showcasing Singapore’s rich philatelic heritage, SPM uses stamps as windows to introduce Singapore’s heritage and culture, as well as our connections to the world. Located at 23B Coleman Street, the building that houses SPM was formerly part of the Anglo Chinese School, and later the Methodist Book Room. SPM was officially opened on 19 August 1995 as a project of the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore. Since 2000, the museum has been managed by National Heritage Board.
Redevelopment works at SPM will include essential infrastructural upgrades to the museum building, as well as a revamp of the permanent and changing galleries to improve visitor experience.
During its redevelopment, SPM will continue to engage the young through travelling exhibitions and education programmes at pre-schools, primary and secondary schools. It will also continue to organise signature events such as the annualNational Stamp Collecting Competition and Draw My Stamp Story Art Competition. Families can also visit A Little Magic roving exhibition at public libraries. Look out for updates and activities on the museum website www.spm.org.sg!
The Blue Ginger has come a long way and has finally established their 2nd branch at the newly-revamped Great World City.
The inspiration behind their starting “blue ginger” cannot be fully explained without first sharing with you the aspects of peranakan culture. As a peranakan, the signature of a well-bred “Nonya”, or Straits Chinese lady, was how well one could cook. It was often the matriarch of the family who would bring the entire family together, over a mouth-watering spread of spicy and aromatic dishes.
Their journey of rediscovery was prompted by the fond memories of hearty feasts at grandma’s. The Blue Ginger was created simply through their desire to share their unique culture with others.
Today, the restaurant is run by a team of people who are passionate towards this end.
The Singapore Buddhist Lodge on Kim Yam Road has recently celebrated its 85th anniversary with the opening of a new worship hall and the consecration of a golden Buddha statue.
The Singapore Buddhist Lodge was first known as The Singapore Buddhist Sutra Distribution Center. Following a series of expansion preparations, The Singapore Buddhist Lodge was established in 17 June 1934. After which the Lodge continues to expand, and charitable programmes are added to benefit all good friends of the public.
Burger+ has set up the largest Korean burger and bar concept here in Lion City that seats up to 200 pax, which serves breakfast toasts from 8am onward to Korean gourmet burgers and drinks till 4am! Start your day right with the sweet and savoury Korean breakfast toasts with hot coffee, while you wind down after dark with a Korean cocktail in one hand and Burger+’s irresistible signature burger in another – it’s the perfect space for a slow brunch to a cool late-night hangout with friends. Centrally-located at Clarke Quay Central along the busy Eu Tong Sen Street, it is set to become a popular F&B joint.
Rocking the food scene from the get-go since their inception earlier this year at Wisma Atria, the second outlet, features great nosh coupled with Burger+’s energetic party-theme. Get your fuss-free Korean meal fix, and not just bar bites, all through the night after a wild time out partying with your crew, or even have breakfast for dinner if you so wish.
Get your party mood on with Burger+’s Korean cocktails with a local twist, available exclusively at the Clarke Quay outlet. Enjoy in-house signature cocktails like the cute gummy bear cocktail – Haribo Ju with its sweet finish or the refreshing Yuza Ju with honey and yuzu, both soju-based cocktails, among others. The stylish and swish interior pays homage to the vibrant K-pop culture that has swept the globe by storm, complete with pumping K-pop beats, trippy neon light fixtures, and comfy leather seats that creates an instagrammable haven for a memorable night out. The interior also doubles up as a swanky events space.
“More than just a burger”, Burger+’s menu offerings are created by Co-Founder Lee Mihyun’s creative food inspirations from her Korean heritage that represents the brand’s lifeblood. Coupled with her tireless R&D process with an extensive background in Korea’s renowned fast-casual chain in the F&B industry for over 10 years, Ms Lee’s house signature B+ sauce and the authentic Yangnyeom Korean fried chicken represent the heart of the brand. Open from as early as 8am, the breakfast egg toast with fluffy brioche buns are available for the early birds that are looking for a quick bite.
Housed within the Gallery's Rotunda, located at the heart of the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery, it is a site of historical importance and now serves as a research hub for the study of art history in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
No prior appointments need to be made or admission tickets need to be purchased to enter the Rotunda Library & Archive. However, users must register at the counter to access the collection.
National Gallery Singapore was established in 2015 as a leading visual arts institution overseeing the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. Guided by its curatorial vision to present the art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia; reflexively (re)write the art histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia; and examine these art histories in relation to the global history of art, the Gallery has developed a significant collection of artists’ archives and a reference library focusing on Singapore and Southeast Asian art.
The Gallery’s Rotunda, located at the heart of the UOB Southeast Asia Gallery (Level 3, Supreme Court Wing), is a site of historical importance. During the building’s former life as the Supreme Court of Singapore, the Rotunda served as the Law Library. Housed in this historical space, the Rotunda Library & Archive extends the memory of this site while serving a new function as a research hub for the study of art history in Southeast Asia.
The Rotunda Library & Archive aims to be a leading library housing one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Singapore and Southeast Asian art-historical resources from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Their collection currently holds over 20,000 physical and digital items, including rare publications, exhibition catalogues, ephemera and digital archives, made possible through generous donations, publication exchanges with various art institutions in the region, and partnerships with the estates of Southeast Asian modern art pioneers, such as Georgette Chen and Lim Hak Tai (Singapore), S. Sudjojono (Indonesia) and Kalaw Ledesma Foundation (the Philippines).
Most archival acquisitions are conducted through loans or donations from the archives’ owners (artists, artists’ families, estates and art communities). The Library & Archive preserves the donated physical archives and digitises loaned archives.
A large selection of materials in their Library & Archive collection is searchable here (You will be redirected to their Collections Search Portal). Due to copyright restrictions and levels of permission from the archive owners, some items are only available for viewing onsite. You can view these items in the Collections Search Portal with our digital viewing facility at the Gallery’s Rotunda Library & Archive.
Opening in 2021, the new theatre will fill the gap between Esplanade’s large venues and smaller studio spaces, and enable the national arts centre to further support future generations of artists and arts groups to create new works that tell Singapore and Asian stories and widen its engagement with various communities.
Esplanade is also launching a series of new fundraising initiatives, which are designed for a spectrum of supporters, from the general public, to philanthropists and foundations.
In celebration of the development of the new theatre, Esplanade and its Mall tenant Makansutra Gluttons Bay have jointly organised The Food Stage, a special street food experience that features exclusive off-menu items such as 4 Cheese Murtabak, Carrot Cake“Fries” with BBQ Wings, Laksa Seafood Stew, Soft Shell Crab Mui Fan and many more. Makansutra has also pledged a donation of $100,000 to Esplanade which will go towards Singtel Waterfront Theatre.
Please click here for details on the fundraising initiatives and more information about this project.
Embracing Orchard Road’s heritage as one of the original Straits Chinese enclaves in Singapore (circa 1800s), The Peranakan Gallery at Claymore Connect brings to life a rich tapestry of traditions that were once prevalent in the district — long before Orchard Road gained fame as the island’s most-visited tourist destination.
This newly-launched Place of Interest is a must-visit experience depicting the timeline and evolution of Straits Chinese culture in Singapore and South East Asia. Visually immersive and enriching, The Peranakan Gallery promises to be the Orchard precinct’s eminent ode to authentic Peranakan culture.
The newly reopened & renovated Masjid Darul Ghufran mosque in Tampines now has space for 5,500 worshippers to pray at one time making it the second largest mosque (after Assyakirin Mosque) in Singapore.
Located beside Our Tampines Hub, Masjid Darul Ghufran was first completed in December 1990.
Apart from structured, formal programmes, Darul Ghufran Mosque provides specialised religion courses to cater to a variety of needs and segments of society.
Museum @ My Queenstown along Commonwealth Drive is a community museum that showcases the story of Queenstown as Singapore's first satellite town.
Queenstown is named after the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Entirely curated and run by numerous volunteers from civic group, My Community, Museum @ My Queenstown is a small but an educational & well-arranged museum that is worth a visit.
"Our Stories: Do you remember them?" is an exhibition made possible after a 9-year collection effort. It showcases physical and digital artefacts from the community that capture Queenstown’s history & heritage.
The programme spaces on the first and second level of the shophouse museum will host a series of talks, seminars and workshops. And the archival room on the 2nd level of the museum houses a wide collection of old photographs and artefacts contributed by residents and various institutions in Queenstown.
Dhammakaya Centre Singapore (DCS) is a non-profit Buddhist meditation centre set up in September 1999. They recently held the grand opening of their new centre located at Sumang Walk.
The articulated design of Dhammakaya Centre Singapore Building is an expression of simplicity and tranquillity. Its interior spatial configurations at every storey within the building exemplifies the dedicated needs of the temple.
The magnificent Dhammachai Meditation Hall on the 2nd storey is crafted out of a column-free space that can accommodate more meditators, which is a manifestation of harmonised architecture and structural designs.
As part of enhancement plans announced earlier this year to restore the rich history of Fort Canning Park, the National Parks Board (NParks) will be refreshing the Archaeological Dig exhibition for the first time in 17 years. First completed in 2001, the 17-year-old site houses an archaeological dig site, artefacts found around Fort Canning Park and educational panels on the history of the artefacts. NParks will be improving the exhibition area to allow for more hands-on interactive spaces. Interpretation panels on the various soil layers and embedded artefacts will also be updated and improved.
The historically significant site will include a new outdoor garden and the area will be renamed Artisan’s Garden as it is believed to be the site of a 14th century palace workshop. The existing shelter of the exhibition will be expanded to include a wider gallery space, new interpretative panels and display showcases. There will be three zones within the new site. The first zone will have an introduction to the site as well as an open space for workshops. There will also be a sand pit where organised groups can experience simulated hands-on archaeological excavation activities. The second zone will have multimedia educational panels on the artefacts including recent discoveries, giving a glimpse of past life on the hill. Artefacts from the 14th to 19th centuries will also be on display. The third zone will feature interactive educational play features for visitors of all ages to learn about archaeology and the history of the site. As part of educational opportunities for visitors to learn more about archaeology and the history of Fort Canning Park, NParks will also be developing a range of archaeology-related programmes and activities.
The site will be closed from November 2018 and reopened in June 2019.
Located at 155 Waterloo Street, Stamford Arts Centre (SAC) is within the Waterloo Street arts belt, a vibrant precinct known for the diverse offerings of arts and cultural programmes and events. Following redevelopment works from 2017 to 2018 that transformed SAC into a modernised Centre with enhanced features, SAC is envisioned to be a vibrant and energetic arts centre focussed on bringing the traditional arts closer to the community, supporting content creation and artistic collaborations.
SAC provides shared facilities for hire on a short-term basis for arts activities and projects. These include five project studios, an acoustically-treated music studio, and a black box.
The SAC black box is designed to be a multi-purpose space that provides an intimate setting for rehearsals, performances or events. With a total floor area of 355 sqm, the fully air-conditioned black box provides performance capabilities with theatre grid and lighting, as well a fully integrated sound system. Retractable seats with a capacity of up to 162 persons are available for small scale performances. A modular sprung floor system is also available when required.
The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building is undergoing renovations and will reopen at the end of this year. The building, which was originally the Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), will also have its Oldham Theatre expanded from a 44-seater to seat 135.
NAS houses the collective memory of our nation. This memory allows current and future generations of Singaporeans to understand our different cultures, explore our common heritage and appreciate who we are and how we became a nation.
As the official custodian of the corporate memory of the government, NAS manages public records and provides advice to government agencies on records management. From government files, private records, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records, some of which date back to the early 19th century.
NAS’ repository of archival materials makes it an important research centre for those in search of information about the country's history.
Designed by architectural firm Ong and Ong, the new Gateway Theatre is a multi-theatre venue located in the heart of Bukit Merah Central.
An arts venue built by the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), the Gateway Theatre project cost over $50 million to complete. It aims to be a creative arts space that promotes Made-In-Singapore works and talents of all cultures, while developing an appreciation of the arts within the heartlands of Bukit Merah and in Singapore.
The Gateway Theatre occupies the site of the former Touch Community Theatre. A wall dating back to the Dhalit cinema which first stood there has been repurposed into a decorative feature of the Sky Garden.
The space is operated by production entertainment company Gateway Entertainment, which is helmed by Faith Community Baptist Church's pastor Lawrence Khong and his daughter Priscilla.
Its two main venues are the 930-seat Main Theatre and the 200-seat modular Black Box theatre. Within the building are two studio spaces for multi-purpose use, an outdoor roof garden and small balcony gardens for open-air performances. Gateway Theatre aims to fill this building with performances big and small, of various genres and styles.
One of its kind, Gateway Theatre’s Sky Garden is a unique green space in the middle of the Bukit Merah heartland that is landscaped with manicured lawns, shade trees, a water feature and an outdoor stage. This green refuge can be transformed into a unique event space for product launches, weddings, dinner receptions and even fitness lessons.
Originally used for movie screenings in the 1980’s, the main theatre is now the prime space and heart of Gateway Theatre for arts and performances. The intimate two-tiered theatre is fully equipped with a 12m x 6.45m LED wall and an array of visual, audio and lighting systems that can meet the needs of various art genres. It’s also great for product launches, conferences, film screenings or lectures.
Gateway Theatre’s Black Box is a space for your imagination. It’s an intimate and unique space where the most innovative and engaging type of performances unfold right before your eyes. Their Black Box has flexible staging and lighting configurations to suit a wide range of events, and it’s a great space for concerts, exhibitions – even movie filming. A key feature is the three-meter high LED wall that can give new depth to a performance or conference.
The new building of Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre located on Guillemard Road is now officially open; the new edifice infuses traditional Tibetan style with modernity – her distinct and brightly coloured façade stands out from the surrounding buildings.
They are planning to make good use of the building to benefit everyone and for people to learn the spiritual path. Various programmes and courses will be provided and they will also be involved in social services wherever needed, just as they have done actively for over thirty years.
This new building shall be a beacon to flourish the Buddhadharma both in Singapore and the region.
Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre was established in 1981 by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa to realise the precious teachings of Buddha in Singapore. Since then, through various programmes such like classes, meditation, teachings, practices and many more, the Centre has benefited many people.
Dialogue with Time is an exhibition at Science Centre Singapore exclusively on the topic of ageing. It is a fully-guided experience and is facilitated by retirees who will lead a group of visitors through various zones in the exhibition.
The key highlight of the tour are two discussion zones where the senior guides will facilitate dialogues with visitors to overcome stereotypes or misguided assumptions associated with old age. Other interactive exhibits within the exhibition also allow you to experience and understand more about the ageing process and reconsider your perception of age.
Find out more about the exhibition highlights here.
A key element in enhancing "Sense of Place' at the new Changi Airport Terminal 4 is a first ever collaboration between Changi Airport Group (CAG) and National Heritage Board to create a Peranakan Gallery. It offers travellers the chance to learn about traditional Peranakan culture, with exhibits including a beautifully embroidered Sarong Kebaya, an antique wooden wedding bed and Peranakan porcelain ‘nyonyaware’.
The Peranakan Gallery opens to the public 24-7 and is free for all passengers who have cleared departure immigration.
Located in the Departure Transit area, the Peranakan Gallery is part of T4’s Heritage Zone.
Visitors will be greeted by a doll house model display of Peranakan shophouse architecture.
Historical portraits of pioneers many decades ago lined the walls of the 150sq m gallery.
Following a year-long revamp by the National Archives of Singapore (NAS), Former Ford Factory now houses the Japanese Occupation exhibition which recounts the events and memories surrounding the British surrender, and the Japanese occupation of Singapore, and outlines the legacies of war.
Through oral history accounts, archival records and published material that tell the story of the period, this exhibition highlights the diverse experiences of people during the crucial time at then in our history.
The gallery now features four zones, each illustrating different periods of Singapore’s time under the Japanese Occupation. It has many new archival materials like letters, war artefacts and maps which were donated by members of the public after the NAS made a call for contributions last year.
Gallery10 is National Museum of Singapore’s first digital gallery.
Its permanent showcase is titled Art of the Rehearsal; a three-channel immersive video installation which you can see at this new gallery.
Art of the Rehearsal is by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing. This artwork depicts Singaporean dancers across various cultures practicing along the back lanes of cultural districts in the city. Reflecting on the rigorous and intense training behind the performance, the artist seeks to bring out the consistent determination of the performers. The emphasis of the installation work is on the process rather than on the nal outcome.
The dance performance in the video is presented by Apsaras Arts Ltd, Era Dance Theatre and Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre.
Masjid Yusof Ishak is the 26th mosque funded by the Muslim community through the Mosque and Mendaki Fund (MBMF). It was designed with a very unique architecture, blending the traditional characteristics of a mosque with Nusantara heritage; while also addressing functional requirements. Islamic motifs and Nusantara patterns are prominently used throughout the mosque.
The new landmark in Woodlands will cater to the socio-religious needs of the Muslim community in the north. Yusof Ishak Mosque will have numerous facilities to cater to the needs of the elderly and more space dedicated to family praying areas. It was also designed for the community to fully utilise all its spaces, with a multi-purpose hall, conference room, a sizeable auditorium, seminar rooms for teaching purposes as well as a roof terrace catering to several amenities.
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, an architectural masterpiece of the nineteenth century, also represents a unique pageant of Singapore history. Its restoration work took 25 years and was completed late last year.
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery is not only the oldest Buddhist monastery in Singapore but also the only Buddhist monastery in Singapore gazetted as a National Monument, symbolizing its historical and architectural value. Built in accordance to the traditional Chinese courtyard layout – the Heyuan concept. It has a unique blend of architectural styles from Fuzhou , Quanzhou and Zhangzhou Counties of Fujian province and Chaozhou County of Guangdong province in southern China.
Two new permanent exhibitions were launched at the National Museum of Singapore on 10 December 2016. The museum's glass rotunda has re-opened after 2 years of renovation work and is home to the Story of the Forest installation by internationally renowned art collective teamLab, as well as Singapore, Very Old Tree, which is a special exhibition featuring photos by local photographer Robert Zhao.
Story of the Forest and the Singapore, Very Old Tree are the first of what museum officials said are many projects that will provide a dialogue between the historical and the contemporary. The two new works are part of the museum’s $11-million revamp of its permanent galleries.
The Cathedral of The Good Shepherd hosted its first mass after a massive three-year long restoration project for its 173-year old building located at Queen Street.
The Cathedral of The Good Shepherd is Singapore's oldest Roman Catholic church and a gazetted national monument. Established in 1832 by missionaries from the Société des Missions étrangères de Paris, the current church building was built by Father Jean-Marie Beurel and completed in 1847. It became a cathedral in 1888 and was consecrated in 1897. During the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942, it was used as an emergency hospital.
The Istana Heritage Gallery, located at the Istana Park along Orchard Road and opposite the Istana, offers visitors the opportunity to understand the historical background of the Istana.
Gazetted in 1992 as a National Monument along with Sri Temasek, the Istana mirrored the development of Singapore in its nationhood through time. The exhibition in the Gallery captures the Istana’s transition from being the Colonial Governor’s House to its current role as the Official Residence of the President.
The Istana Heritage Gallery will provide visitors with a glimpse into the Istana’s rich history through a specially curated range of heritage displays including state artefacts, artworks and collection of state gifts received from foreign dignitaries by our past and present Presidents and Prime Ministers. The Gallery will complement the guided tour programmes at the Istana Open House in providing the public greater access to Istana’s rich heritage. It will also showcase the President’s constitutional, ceremonial and community roles and the Istana’s special place in these aspects of the Singapore story.
222 Queen Street and 51 Waterloo Street are two sites that have played an important role at the heart of the Bras Basah community and it was once the home of the prestigious Catholic High School, an all-boys educational establishment.
The sites were left vacant from the 1990s when the school relocated to its current premises in Bishan. The buildings were given a new lease of life in 2009 and were transformed into an arts centre by Daniel Teo, a philanthropist and alumnus of the Catholic High School. Current tenants at 222+51 include art and cultural institutes, performing art centres, fitness and wellness studios, catering services, and a gem museum.
Located on the ground floor of 51 Waterloo Street, the building adjoining 222 Queen Street, the mural is a site-specific commission by local artists, Yip Yew Chong and Yuen Kum Cheong. The murals are a series of six door panels inspired by the colourful history of the Bras Basah area. The artists have depicted scenes of daily life in the 1960s and community landmarks such as the old National Library, Odeon Cinema and National Theatre, which have been lost due to redevelopment.
222 Queen Street + 51 Waterloo Street is an arts centre located in the heart of Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct, a thriving cultural district in Singapore’s civic centre. 222 Queen Street + 51 Waterloo Street is a place where creatives meet to seek unique experiences and the centre offers an eclectic mix of lifestyle spaces including art, music, dance, and fitness.
This remarkable colonial building was once the home of the prestigious Catholic High School, an all- boys educational establishment, and holds many fond memories for its alumni. 222 Queen Street + 51 Waterloo Street is a symbol of Singapore’s diverse culture: fusing its rich history with new lease of life through contemporary culture.
From a cool-looking Raleigh bicycle to an exquisite Wedgewood tea service set, some vintage artifacts will set you back to the early days of Singapore’s shopping culture at Robinsons The Heeren’s newly opened Heritage Shop, located at the department store’s fifth level.
These objects are part of an exhibition featuring some of the merchandise sold at Robinsons for the past 50 years, which were contributed by loyal customers between June and July. The Raleigh bicycle, for instance, was synonymous to Robinsons, where people would buy them.
The Heritage Shop will be selling other items, such as porcelain and accessories inspired by Robinsons’ first flagship store at Raffles Place, which is significant because it was the first building that Robinsons owned.
Among the items are the Collection De La Maison fine china bone collection, as well as umbrellas, tote bags and more, all of which bear the image of the iconic building. More merchandise will be introduced in the coming months.
The latest edition to the Keong Saik district is an urban Izakaya, Neon Pigeon.
Inspired by the world of flavours found in the hidden spots of Tokyo and the underground culture of buzzling cities like New York and Hong Kong, the establishment is a vibrant social house offering great value for money and the soul of a Japanese Izakaya with a punch of urban grit.
With a selection of starters (appropriately named ‘Bird Feed’), soups, greens, seafood and meats, Japanese snacks are given a modern and in-house twist at Neon Pigeon. The Izakaya-style menu, designed for tastings, serves up dishes in ‘small’ or ‘large’ portions and you are recommended to order six to eight small dishes to share between two people.
A look at the menu and you will notice the heavy use of classic, no-frills Japanese flavours in the condiments and among the assortment of "Bird Feed", is a cold dish of Chilled Cucumber with home-mixed crushed chilli peanuts, nori (seaweed) and goma (sesame), as well as the Tsukune Sliders, an east-meets-west combo of a Japanese meatball patty and a western slider bun, coupled with pickled kyuri (Japanese cucumber) and tare (soy basting sauce) aioli.
Keeping up with the fun-sharing concept, Neon Pigeon also offers a large format dining option of Barbecued Pork Shoulder for groups of four to six. With a two-day advance order required, the hearty fare of pork shoulder is slow-cooked for 20 hours and served in a black pepper teriyaki glaze, with a ginger scallion dipping sauce, bibb lettuce wraps, steamed buns, a spring onion salad, onigiri rice cake, kimchi and pickles to complement.
Also an integral part of the concept’s underground vibe is the Neon Pigeon bar. The bar’s Japanese-inspired drinks list includes a selection of Japanese beers and whiskeys, each a representative of different prefectures, as well as a curated list of spirits and Japanese inspired speciality cocktails. These include Throw A Kyuri-Ken, a vodka-based cocktail with a refreshing touch of lemon juice, yuzu and cucumber, as well as Harajuku Girl, a mix of gin, shiso leaf, and plum bitters.
The bar also houses a selection of sake of varying fragrances and complexity, including a range of Junmai, Daiginjo, Ginjo and Honjozo sakes, that were all hand-picked from sake distilleries across Japan to complement the dishes offered at Neon Pigeon.
Specially designed by US-based EDG Interior Architecture + Design, the Neon Pigeon space at The Working Capitol building on Keong Saik is built to own the vibe of a hidden spot off the main street only known to the locals, as a veiled corner of an urban metropolis. The exterior shows only a fluorescent pink pigeon, lit when in business, while the interior is paved with raw elements of steel and bricks that are softened with sophisticatedly designed wood finishing, giving the social hangout an urban grit with comfort and familiarity – an atmosphere reminiscent of Shibuya district in Tokyo or East Village in New York. A semi-open concept kitchen is also featured, with the action in the kitchen open for a close-up view.
A final and crucial touch to the space is the loud graffiti work plastered on the walls of the interior that gives the restaurant a touch of the underground New York City vibe. The team had specially commissioned local visual artist, ZERO to create these murals.
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (pronounced as FIRE Kitchen And Drink) is the newest casual dining restaurant in central business district.
Against the backdrop of Chinatown’s historic allure, FYR promises an intriguing experience that harks back to a simpler time. Rustic décor and storied wall murals lend the restaurant a distinct olden-day charm. Even its moniker is as old as time — it is the etymology of fire. Fire is one of the most important elements in life, especially in cooking. They aim to peel back the layers of complexity to produce food that can bring you a lot of joy.
All of FYR’s cuisines and dishes are whipped up using the Josper Charcoal Oven. This culinary practice pays tribute to a time when food was cooked atop wood chunks and over a roaring fire. The chefs of FYR use lychee wood, which gives the dishes a wonderful smoky note that is tinged with sweetness.
FYR purveys an array of authentic, modern cuisines that perfectly captures the European culture. The chefs opt for herbs and spices found in the Southeast Asian region and use them to enliven the dishes. The dishes, varying from grilled meat to seafood, will be an instant hit with Singaporeans, who possess an inclination towards spicy food.
Some of the mainstays at FYR include: Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters: noble sweet paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi, spring onion and calamansi all lend a distinctive quality to the fresh and succulent oysters. Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days: this glorious slab of ribeye, cooked to perfection, comes with house salad with java curry dressing and a choice of either buttered cassava or mashed potato.
Whole Maine Lobster: this gigantic lobster, sprawled across the plate, is bound to turn heads. The aroma of the shallot lemongrass béchamel will also waft through the air and whet appetites. Seafood Linguine: tossed with al dente pasta is a potpourri of seafood ingredients as well as lobster bisque, laksa leaves and Thai basil.
Wash these great cuisines down with FYR’s special concoctions. The Apple Rosemary is a delightful blend of fresh apple juice, fresh rosemary and infused lemon syrup. The tangy Lime and Mint is a mix of fresh lime, mint leaves and mint syrup, and will help to cleanse palates.
The Ginger Lemongrass, made with lemon tea, fresh ginger and lemongrass, will help to invigorate senses. The sweet Hibiscus Mint features hibiscus tea, fresh apple juice and infused mint syrup.
Another unique concoction that FYR offers is Grilled Fresh Fruit Juice – expect a rich and caramelized flavour as the bartenders grill the seasonal fruits before juicing. Merrymakers can also quaff the restaurant’s fine selection of red and white wines.
McGettigan’s proudly wears the tagline “The Modern Irish Experience”, as it reflects the best of modern Irish food, culture, sports and music. The McGettigan's brand is steeped in Irish family history and uses this strong heritage and valuable experience to bring a real flavour of Ireland and its renowned hospitality to a global market. Each venue boasts unique décor, award winning Irish food and perfectly poured drinks with the world's top sporting events televised live on HD screens.
The bars frequently play host to some of the best in Irish and international live music, comedy and entertainment acts. McGettigan’s Pub was first opened in Ireland in the 1960’s on Queen Street, Dublin by Jim McGettigan. Since that day, the business has grown from Dublin, to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and returned home to Ireland with two outlets currently in operation in Counties Donegal and Limerick.
November 2013, McGettigan’s moved back home to the place where it all started for founder of the business, Jim McGettigan, as the award winning pub opened in Letterkenny, County Donegal in the North West of Ireland where Jim was born and raised.
Being the youngest player in the industry of food and beverage, Frozen is bringing the taste of Korea to the very heart of Clementi as well as in your hearts.
Enjoy desserts that will play with your palettes and a little of the Korean culture. Featuring a playful mixture of yogurt ice creams with the combination of smoothies to give you the rich and creamy texture in your mouth also know as YOYO, all their ingredients are directly shipped from Korea.
If you can’t go to Korea they will bring Korea to you!
Joo Bar is the latest trendsetting addition to a vibrant F&B scene – a sleek, casual and inviting venue within a three-storey heritage shophouse along Tan Quee Lan Street.
Ingeniously created by Singaporean aficionados of Korean culture and food; Jamie and Kristin Lim, Joo is born from a desire to offer top notch modern Korean bites and creative drinks in a space that exudes a laid-back vibe with a tasteful dose of edginess.
Key highlights are its fantastic house brew makgeolli and quality Korean fare by Head Chef Kim Chang Heon with delights such as slow roasted mangalitsa belly; Joo bossam; Kimchi chicken potpie and Seafood Gochujang risotto!
Other creative drinks include Grape Soju Mojito and Yucha Makgeolli Slush.
Coming to you soon in 2015, the National Gallery Singapore is a brand new visual arts institution building upon a sound foundation of scholarship and experience. Over time, they hope to strengthen Singapore’s role as a regional and international hub for visual arts. They will do this through the display, promotion, research and study of Southeast Asian and Singapore art, while hosting international art exhibitions.
Their future home likewise pair rich history with exciting modernity. Right in the heart of the Civic District, two monumental buildings—the City Hall and the former Supreme Court—will be refurbished and reborn as the National Gallery Singapore. At 64,000 square metres, it will not only be the largest visual arts venue in Singapore but also one of the largest in the region when the Gallery officially opens.
The National Gallery will focus on displaying Southeast Asian art, including Singapore art, from the 19th century to present day. Through a comprehensive collection, the Gallery will present the development of Singapore and regional cultures, so as to tell the story of their social, economic and political histories.
While the body of works at the National Gallery falls largely within the area of modern art, the Gallery strives towards understanding the collection in new and varied ways – taking on a contemporary approach and interpretation of the development of Southeast Asian art. The Gallery will look beyond national and regional boundaries of art, and take on a wider ambit of international visual arts culture, research into our Asian heritage and cultural affiliations, and engage with global cultures and discourses.