A NEW BOOK FROM Straits Times Press




Embark on a spectacular journey of Singapore’s culture and heritage as you follow this guide that explores more than 70 of the country’s national monuments. Rich in architectural value, historical worth and social relevance, these buildings include our civic institutions, places of worship, schools, museums and even hotels, with some going back to more than 150 years old. This is a collection of colourful stories and specially curated photos designed to take the reader on a grand retelling of Singapore’s built heritage while celebrating the city’s communities and their contributions to its physical landscape. 


Go back in time and uncover interesting stories and slices of Singapore’s past through monuments such as:


Former Parliament House — built in 1827 and likely to be the oldest surviving building in Singapore.


Sri Mariamman Temple — the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore which dates back 190 years.


Cathedral of the Good Sheperd — the oldest Catholic church in Singapore which also houses Singapore’s oldest functioning pipe organ.


Istana Kampong Gelam and Sultan Mosque — originally the palace and place of worship for royalty in the 19th century.


Thian Hock Keng Temple — where Chinese immigrants used to pray and give thanks for a safe voyage.


Central Fire Station — Singapore’s oldest existing fire station whose watch tower was the tallest structure in Singapore when the station was built.


The reader-friendly guide comes with a comprehensive map and is organised according to MRT station locations, perfect for the curious wanderer keen to explore Singapore’s heritage gems up close.


About the Editor | Melody Zaccheus

Melody Zaccheus is Correspondent (Heritage, Community and Religion) for The Straits Times. She is at the forefront of conservation and preservation issues in Singapore, breaking stories that resonate with an increasingly heritage-conscious public. She keeps her ear to the ground to pick up untold and brewing groundswell stories that might shake up the landscape and gives a voice to forgotten historical figures and everyday people with stories to tell. Her beat requires a simple love for the nation’s neighbourhoods, icons and traditions. 


ISBN: 978-981-4747-93-6

Size: 195mm x 250mm (portrait)

Extent: 288 pp, soft cover with flaps

Price: S$39.90 (before GST)

Price: S$42.70 (after GST)

Publication date: July 2018


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