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- The Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks travelling exhibition features eight miniatures of National Monuments made up of more than 110,000 toy bricks, designed and built over seven months.
- The largest and heaviest model in the exhibition is that of Sultan Mosque. It covers an area that measures 1.38m by 1.3m, and weighs more than 40kg.
- The tallest model is that of St Andrew’s Cathedral, standing at 1.1m high.
The Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) division of the National Heritage Board (NHB) launched a new travelling exhibition entitled Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks that features eight models of National Monuments, constructed using over 110,000 LEGO bricks.
These intricate models recreate iconic landmarks in Singapore, such as the National Museum of Singapore, Jurong Town Hall, Sultan Mosque, and St Andrew’s Cathedral, which is the tallest model standing at 1.1m high. The exhibition is part of PSM’s efforts to raise awareness of our built heritage, and deepen understanding of our places through, fun, educational and accessible ways. In this exhibition, the familiar toy bricks, which many of us have played with growing up, become building blocks of heritage to inspire Singaporeans to find out more about our nation’s architectural gems.
Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks Travelling Exhibition
Starting Venue: Central Public Library*
National Library Building, Basement 1
Duration: 7 – 30 June 2018
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm (Daily, except on Public Holidays)
General enquiries: Email NHB_NationalMonuments@nhb.gov.sg
*For full travelling schedule, refer to Section B below.
A) Miniature Monuments, Larger than Life Stories
- Singapore’s National Monuments come in all shapes and sizes, but “small” is not the typical description that comes to mind. Go on your own Gulliver-esque experience in a new travelling exhibition – Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks. Visitors can get to tower over miniature models of some of Singapore’s most familiar landmarks that showcase the architectural diversity of our National Monuments.
- Organised by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) division of the National Heritage Board (NHB), the travelling exhibition features eight models of National Monuments, constructed using over 110,000 toy bricks.
- The Building History exhibition is part of PSM’s efforts to raise awareness of our built heritage, and deepen understanding of our places through, fun, educational and accessible ways. In this exhibition, the familiar toy bricks, which many of us have played with growing up, become building blocks of heritage to inspire Singaporeans to find out more about our nation’s architectural gems.
- The exhibition features models of eight National Monuments, namely:
- Central Fire Station
- Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
- Jurong Town Hall
- Nanyang University Library
- National Museum of Singapore
- St Andrew’s Cathedral
- Sultan Mosque
- Thian Hock Keng
- The eight National Monuments include more well-known and popular ones, such as the Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and the National Museum of Singapore, as well as lesser-known ones such as the Nanyang University Library and Jurong Town Hall.
- The monuments featured in the exhibition were also selected to represent the diversity of architecture styles (e.g., Neoclassical, Art Deco, Neo-Gothic, Modern, etc) found among Singapore’s National Monuments, which are reflective of the different periods in Singapore’s history. This is testament to the diversity of our National Monuments, as well as how each is truly unique.
- Through the exhibition, visitors of all ages can discover more about the history and significance of the monuments, and the stories behind them, whichremind us of how far we have come as a nation.
- They can also view the miniatures up close, and appreciate the buildings’ designs in their entirety, which would be hard to do with life-sized buildings.These include the pointed arches and stained glass windows of St Andrew’s Cathedral, the domes and minarets of Sultan Mosque, and the ornate roofs and mosaic floor of Thian Hock Keng.
- Besides their distinct architecture, each monument’s history and features also tell the stories of their surrounding communities, the people who built them and their roles in contributing to modern Singapore.
- For instance, Thian Hock Keng’s layout highlights the community’s roots in China’s Fujian province, while Sultan Mosque’s mausoleum, name and location remind us of its connections to the Johor Sultanate. Central Fire Station’s watch tower takes us back to a time before emergency hotlines existed, and when protecting the community required manned lookouts. Jurong Town Hall’s functional and futuristic shape reminds us of the importance of Singapore’s industrial heritage.
B) Travelling Exhibition Schedule
- The Building History exhibition will be at the Central Public Library from 7 to 30 June. It will subsequently travel around Singapore’s libraries.
|1||Central Public Library||7 Jun – 30 Jun 2018|
|2||Marine Parade Public Library||1 Jul – 30 Jul 2018|
|3||Jurong Regional Library||1 Aug – 30 Aug 2018|
|4||Tampines Regional Library||1 Sep – 29 Sep 2018|
|5||Ang Mo Kio Public Library||1 Oct – 30 Oct 2018|
|6||Sengkang Public Library||1 Nov – 29 Nov 2018|
|7||Choa Chu Kang Public Library||1 Dec – 30 Dec 2018|
C) “How Many Bricks?” Contest on Social Media
- From 7 to 30 June, visitors to the exhibition can stand to win attractive prizes, by guessing the number of bricks used to build the largest model of the Sultan Mosque.
- To participate, visitors can upload a photo of the Sultan Mosque model with their answer on their personal Facebook or Instagram accounts with the hashtags #BuildingHistorySG and #librarysg.
- The three closest guesses will win LEGO models, while the next 10 closest guesses will win a unique children’s storybook on National Monuments.
Insta-Worthy Kaya Balls, Crepes and More at Bukit Batok Outdoor Pasar Malam Till 21 July
Westies! This one is for you. If you’re getting jealous of all the sprawling pasar malams that spring up in the East or if you’re simply missing the food at the Geylang Bazaar, this is for you.
Come down to West Mall for the West Mall Outdoor Food Fair.
Taking place right outside the mall, this bazaar is a real treat for any food lover.
Indulge in some of the yummiest street food you can find here. If you’re craving something with meat, you have to try the flame grilled beef cubes which are grilled right in front of you.
For something a little more filling, stop by for a mouth-watering Turkish Kebab.
If you’re feeling a little fancy, why not try the Salmon Pizza which features square cubes of pizza topped generously with salmon.
And of course, no Pasar Malam is complete without the famous Ramly burgers. Make sure you head down to snag one of these sloppy and oh-so-delicious burgers.
End off your food adventures with some desert. The bazaar sells kaya balls and gorgeous crepes that are totally fit to go on your Instagram page.
The bazaar will be on from 5th July to 21 July so make sure you head on down!
Location: Open space outside West Mall
Address: 1 Bukit Batok Central Link, Singapore 658713
Date: 5 July-21 July
Pop Up Stores, Street Food, Chill spots and more at GSS Orchard Road!
It’s that time of the year again. Just when you thought you shopped enough. Orchard Road just got more interesting this year with their Great Singapore Street Pop Up!
From the 21st to the 30th of June (11 am to 10 pm), there will be tons of new and exciting editions from 43 retail and F&B outlets. From cult jeans and active sportswear, fashion apparel and accessories, furniture and home furnishings, jewellery and vintage collectables, cosmetics, arts and crafts, lifestyle speciality gifts to gourmet burgers, lala clams, craft beers, salted egg rostis, Ah Hoi’s famed Chilli Crab. Talk about being spoilt for choices.
After all of that, check out the various pop-up installations and chill out at the air sofa and picnic benches at Grange Road Carpark. There will be performances by Jazz bands and screenings of both local and foreign full-length films along with short films produced by students from Temasek Polytechnic!
Also, if you spend a minimum of $100 (same-day combined receipts), you can redeem a GoSpree tote bag at any pop-up store.
Here is the list of brands that will be participating:
Aldo • Aldora Essentials • Cash Converters • Chomel • Downtown East • Evisu • Fatimah Mohsin • Punk Candy • Green Genie “The Concious Concept”• Haylee• Kampong Gelam Gallery • Melissa Shoes • Noir Hom • On Cheong Jewellery • Pick A Plant • Playdress • Reole • SingTel • Slesta • The Golden Rule Barber • The Kettle Gourmet • The Shirt Bar • Trove of Gaia • Under Armour • VT Cosmetics
25 Degrees • Ah Hoi’s & J65 • Alley SG • Asia Pacific Breweries • Beiruit Grill • Bodacious • Keisuke • Ooh SG • Oishi Taro • Quarters • Streetfeed.SG • TCC • The Claw • The 6ixes • The Flying Squirrel • Ugly Food • Wawa SG
Need I say any more?
8 New Year’s Eve Celebrations to end 2018 in Singapore
It’s finally time, 2018 is coming to a close. No current plans to end the year? We got you covered!
Before we bring in the “New Year, New Me” memes and start coming up New Year Resolutions that we “commit” to, here are a few places to celebrate and spend the last moments of 2018 with your beaus.
To new beginnings!
1. Block Party Countdown 2018 at Clarke Quay
Unleash your inner child in this year’s epic Block Party Countdown at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square! The block party theme, “PLAY”, will feature vibrant coloured interlocking play blocks, specially constructed three-dimensional structures, and a pedal-powered illuminating LED wall, all designed to bring a fun and imaginative playground element to the party.
Get your Instagram-worthy photo moments and interact with dancing green toy soldiers and unicorn mascots that will be roaming the area.
Hosts, DJs Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang from 987FM, will kick the party into gear high with music from award-winning local bands, Shirlyn and The UnXpected, and entertainment from plenty of fun stage games prepared.
After the countdown, remember to not leave as the party continues all around the various clubs and bars at Clarke Quay!
For more information: https://www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/clarkequay/en/events/block-party-countdown-2018.html
Address: Clarke Quay Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Time: 9PM – 1230AM
Ticketing Price: Free
2. Mediacorp Let’s Celebrate 2019 at The Promontory
Why watch the live telecast when you can be there? This year’s celebration is hosted by Chua Enlai and Sonia Chew at The Promontory.
Dance your way through the night in a Dance Party done by Republic Polytechnic’s Electronic Music Production.
Catch performances by local acts such as Taufik Batisah, Joanna Dong, Gentle Bones, Shabir, Sufi Rashid, Yung Raja & Fariz Jabba, Shak and the Baits, Joie Tan and Nadi Singapura.
Jarrell Ng, Newly-crowned SPOP SING! winner, and finalists, Marcus Tay, Daryl-Ann Jansen and Karena Yeo, will be performing as well.
There will be also a collaboration between Mediacorp celebrities, Pierre Png, Romeo Tan, Carrie Wong, Sheila Sim and Joel Choo, and ten of Singapore’s top fashion models, to put up a special item with homegrown singer Aisyah Aziz, to showcase some of the works done by local designers.
And of course, it isn’t a New Year’s celebration without the iconic mass display of fireworks! An explosion of technicolour fireworks will light up Singapore’s beautiful skyline at the stroke of midnight.
For more information: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel5/shows/lets-celebrate-2019
Address: The Promontory at Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Time: 730PM – 130AM (Doors open at 7PM)
Ticketing Price: Free
3. Star Island Singapore Countdown 2019 at The Float at Marina Bay
If fireworks are the only thing that sparks your interest in New Year celebrations, you won’t want to miss the multi-sensory technicolour fireworks and light show at The Float at Marina Bay. Be the first in Singapore to experience the futuristic magic of fireworks as Star Island Singapore will debut for the first time outside of Japan.
It is a one of a kind fireworks musical with a new action-packed universe of world-class fireworks, 3D surround sound, synchronised light displays and performances.
Individual LED bands will be given so attendees can fully immerse themselves in the multi-sensory show.
Pre-show activities such as the Food Truck Fest with various food and delights and a bazaar selling quirky items will also be featured.
For more information: https://star-island.sg
Address: The Float at Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805
Time: 5PM – 130AM
Ticketing Price: $30 – $148
4. New Year’s Eve Countdown at Esplanade
Music lovers, this is your chance! Esplanade is hosting six hours’ worth of dynamic music at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre to usher in the new year. The celebration will be carried by celebrity host, Timothy Nga.
Be entertained all night long with performances by Nick Zavior, Amni Musfirah & The Hustlers, NovoBloco and Bloco Singapura. Spend the last moments of 2018 moving to the grooves and dancing to the beats!
Address: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Time: 7PM – 1AM
Ticketing Price: Free
5. New Year Countdown Celebration at Heartbeat@Bedok
Newly-opened early this year, Heartbeat@Bedok is hosting its first countdown party.
Catch a performance by TMD (Too Much Drama), a multi-lingual band from Singapore and put your dancing to good use and help break the record of the “Largest Silent Disco” in the Singapore Book of Records, by dancing non-stop for 5 minutes.
Participants are provided with a wireless noise cancelling headphone and can choose between channels of disco, house and rock. What are you waiting for? Every thing is provided, you just have to show up and dance into the new year!
Address: Heartbeat@Bedok, 11 Bedok North Street 1, Singapore 469662
Time: 7PM – 1AM
Ticketing Price: Free
6. Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2019
Join Our Tampines Hub for a fun-filled evening with local celebrities, Jade Seah and Suhaimi Yusof.
There will be community performances, and for the first time ever, 10-minute synchronised fireworks, laser and wave flames display at the stroke of midnight.
Our Tampines Hub has got you covered. Attendees will be given a party pack and a special eco-gift for the new year.
Address: Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Time: 7PM – 12AM
Ticketing Price: Free
7. Sentosa Siloso Beach Party 2018
Calling all beach fans, here’s where you can have a beachin’ time! The annual beach party is back once again for its 12thedition.
The iconic party promises a night of non-stop fun with a medley of international and local DJs from all around the world and spectacular fireworks.
Jay Hardway, South Holland producer best known for his collaboration with Martin Garrix, will be headlining the party this year.
The full list of acts are DJ Kaylova, DJ Luane, Make You Freak, Twins Gone Wrong, DJ Ezra Hazard, DJ YouKeep, DJ Jensen, DJ Caden, DJ Xin, DJ Kevin O’Hara, DJ Boy and DJ Natchang.
The stellar DJ line-up will keep you pumping adrenaline all night as you party next to the coastal waves and sand.
For more information: https://www.sentosa.com.sg/silosobeachparty
Address: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Time: 6PM – 6AM
Ticketing Price: $48 – $108
8. New Year Eve Party at Wave House Sentosa
Spend the night riding the waves at Wave House Sentosa’s countdown party!
Join the exhilarating flowboarding experience by riding the FlowRider and the FlowBarrel. It is an endlessly fun ride with the waves creating a safe, non-curling, endless sheet of water flowing over a composite vinyl surface, much like a trampoline. For a more sporty new year’s celebration, experiment and perform tricks by carving up and down the surface, just like you would in other board sports!
Apart from the waves, there will be comfortable sofa seating where you can chill and count the hours away to 2019. Choose from a variety of extravagant food and drinks from the restaurant and bar whilst listening to the feel-good music.
For more information: https://wavehousesentosa.org/nye_party/
Address: Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, 099007
Time: 9PM – 4AM
Ticketing Price: Free (18 years and above only)