Follow me on a heritage trail !!

1. Singapore Botanic Gardens

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I visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens which has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 4 July 2015. It is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The brief history of the garden dated back into 1822 when Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore and a keen naturalist, developed the first ‘Botanical and Experimental Garden’ at Fort Canning.

In the early years, the Gardens played an important role in fostering agricultural development in Singapore and the region by collecting, growing, experimenting and disturbing potentially useful plants.

With more than 150 years of history, the 82-hectare gardens holds a unique and significant place in the history of Singapore and the region.

 

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Burkill Hall, one of the historical sites in Botanic Gardens.

It was built between 1867 and 1868,  named in honor of 2 former directors of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Issac Henry Burkill and his son Humphrey Morrison Burkill.

It was regarded as one of the most environmental friendly buildings in Singapore for having a sensitive design for mitigating the local climate.

It became the School of Ornamental Horticulture in 1969.

(Ornamental horticulture consists of floriculture and landscape horticulture. Each is concerned with growing and marketing plants and with the associated activities of flower arrangement and landscape design.)

It was restored in the 1990s during the development of the National Orchid Garden. Today, it is a popular venue for weddings and special events.

 

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Tembusu, a heritage tree found in the gardens.

Estimated at more than 270 years old, it has a girth spanning approximately 6.5 meters and a height about 40 meters. It is the largest in the gardens and perhaps the finest specimen in Singapore.

The Tembusu is an evergreen with deeply fissured tree bark. The wood is durable and hardy, its trunk was used to make chopping boards in the past.

 

 

 

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This is the Garage, a historical landmark in the gardens.

This was completed sometime between 1924-1928, originally used by a number of professors to park their vehicles.

It was a well-proportioned building, executed in a distinctly Art Deco style.

 

ANDDDDDDD I got lost in Botanic gardens while trying to find for more historical and heritage landmarks. I walked for like 45 mins around the garden and not knowing where am i going, so I gave up and find other attractions instead. After that, i went to visit the National Orchid Garden where it displays a wide variety of orchid species.

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Here are some photos of the varieties of orchid.

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2. National Museum of Singapore

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With a history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum with a progressive mind.

With its wide façade and large dome, the National Museum of Singapore has been a prominent cultural and architectural landmark on Stamford Road for over a century. It is Singapore’s oldest existing museum, devoted to the general history of Singapore.

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I went into the Singapore History Gallery which exhibited the development of the island as it was known throughout the years of Singapore.

It displays Singapore’s journey from our earliest beginnings 700 years ago to the global city we enjoy today.

Singapore citizens and permanent residents will enjoy a free entry to the gallery.

 

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Introducing the facts of Rickshaw Coolies

1.Thousands of Chinese migrants in Singapore, one job that many able-bodied young men could take up was pulling a rickshaw.

2. The 2-wheeled vehicle originated from Japan, was a popular mode of transportation from 1880 until the 1930s.

3. Fares were inexpensive. Rickshaw coolies worked at least 10-12 hours shifts for about 30-40 cents a day. They usually worked for 5-7 years before returning back to China.

 

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More about Opium smoking

It is believed that opium smoking became popular after the Ming court banned tobacco in 1641. It is later spread beyond China and became ingrained in India and Southeast Asia.

In Singapore, large opium dens offered supplementary services such as Chinese tea. Large teahouses provide opium-smoking services for customers.

The first photo shows photographs of opium smokers, for working-class men, opium-smoking was a form of relaxation & escape from their cramped and unpleasant living conditions. However there is a high possibility to be addicted

At the bottom it displayed a opium bed in the early 20th century.

 

So here are some photos of myself during the museum trip.

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A book selling machine located outside one of the exhibition halls

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The modern Singapore

Some of the soldiers’ uniform in the olden days.

 

After visiting all these places, I think that it is really impress how these places were well-maintained even after decades. This shows the integrity and perseverance in those who run these places, keeping the place clean which allow us to enjoy the sights we have in today’s society. I understand that we should not take the environment and places we have now for granted. We should show gratitude for those who put in the effort.

 

 

Sources

http://www.nhb.gov.sg/museums/national-museum-of-singapore

https://www.sbg.org.sg/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=15&Itemid=9

http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_734_2005-01-24.html

https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/conservation/conservation-xml.aspx?id=SBG

 

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