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.