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Rediscovering the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct

By: Sheralyn on 22 Feb 2012
Located right at the heart of Singapore’s vibrant city centre, the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct is home to more than 20 historical sites and national monuments which provides a unique complementary blend of the modern and the old, resulting in an area that is rich in both multi-cultural heritage and architectural diversity.

As part of an initiative to showcase the precinct’s rich history and heritage, Singapore’s National Heritage Board has recently come up with a series of events and activities to help people rediscover the often overlooked history of the area. Here’s your chance to re-examine our roots and better appreciate Singapore’s history and heritage!

Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) Heritage Gallery

Venue: National Library Building Atrium
Dates: 16 Dec 2011
15 Dec 2012

An exhibition with an open-air concept gallery, it traces the history of the precinct and people from the early 1800s till today and offers visitors insights into the origins of some of the most famous and oldest landmarks in Singapore, some of which are still standing today. Through the 27 landmarks featured at the gallery, visitors will learn about the importance these buildings had in playing a vital role in bonding the multi-cultural communities that had sprung up along with Singapore’ social, economic, and cultural development.

Walk Singapore: Bras Basah.Bugis

A free self-guided walking guide in the form of an iPhone and iPad application, Walk Singapore: Bras Basah.Bugis will let you find out more about the history and significance of Singapore’s national monuments, museums as well as interesting landmarks within the precinct.

Screenshot of the application (Credits to: Codigo Pte Ltd)

The app is all about doing-it-yourself, offering four different tour routes with interesting facts about the landmarks for you to explore the colorful area. Visit seven museums located in the precinct and immerse yourself in the arts, learning about Singapore’s history, contemporary art and Peranakan culture. Explore places of worship and national monuments like the oldest church in Singapore, the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator and learn about the Armenian community in Singapore. Take a leisurely stroll along Waterloo Street and Queen Street, and soak up the energy of the colorful and eclectic street life.

It is free for download on the Apple App Store and Android Market now.

Singapore Footprints Project

Venue: Selected sites within Bras Basah-Bugis area
Dates: Starting 7 Jan 2012, every Sat and Sun

A free weekly tour started by a group of tourism and hospitality undergraduates from the Nanyang Technological University, the project is aimed to encourage members of the public to reacquaint themselves with the rich history of the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct. The interactive and experiential walking tour lasts two hours long, and it will take participants on a walk starting from the scenic Singapore River and through the iconic buildings in the precinct. There are two different routes planned out, so take your pick or do both!

Singapore River Route

Pickup Point: Raffles Place MRT Station (NS26/EW14), Exit B, Street level
Meeting Time: 4.15pm
Places of Interest: Singapore River, Marina Bay, Esplanade, the Padang, City Hall, Bras Basah

In case of wet weather, meeting point will be at Exit G, UOB Plaza Foyer, Street level, instead.

Bras Basah-Bugis Route

Pickup Point: Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2), Exit E, Street level, Singapore Art Museum
Meeting Time: 5.45pm
Places of Interest: Armenian Street, Queen Street, Waterloo Street, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

In case of wet weather, meeting point will be at Bras Basah MRT Control Station instead.

Both tours are capped at 30 pax each, so do arrive early to secure a spot. Look out for these friendly students in their bright yellow polo tees!

Bras Basah.Bugis Monument Light Up 2011-2012

Venue: Selected sites within Bras Basah-Bugis area
Dates: 16 Dec 2011
29 Jan 2012
Time: Every Fri
Sun, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The Bras Basah.Bugis Monument Light Up will see selected buildings in the area transformed into creative art canvasses for a series of six magical light installations and projections. Appearing on six iconic buildings, these site-specific installations and projections use a creative mix of light and shadow play, accentuating trees, foliage, as well as architectural features to achieve a unique and colorful nightscape. These installations and projections are the creations of artists, art communities and arts students located within the precinct. The buildings involved in the light up include the Singapore Art Museum, SAM at 8Q, National Museum of Singapore, The Peranakan Museum, School of the Arts and the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator.

Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator

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