Instagram-worthy places: All you need to know part 2

Hello again!

As promised, this is part two of insta-worthy places in Singapore.

You can check out Part 1 HERE

In this post, I’m gonna share with you my next few insta-worthy places in Singapore.

Enjoy…..

 Chinese Garden

The last time I actually visited the Chinese Garden was more than 10 years ago. I have no recollection of how the place looks like.

The Chinese Garden is a 13.5 hectare garden that was built in 1975 by the renowned Taiwanese architect Professor Yuen-chen Yu.

Within the gardens, you will find ponds, streams, a Chinese Pagoda, Bonsai trees and statues of Chinese heroes which make the Chinese Gardens the ideal place for you to enjoy some serenity.

The Stone Boat, Pagodas, Pavilions, Bonsai Garden, the Live Turtle, bridges, Tea House, Stone Lions and Tortoise Museum are some of the artistic masterpieces that stand out in the garden. The bridges at the Chinese Garden represent good luck!

The Chinese Garden is also the perfect place to visit during the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Come and enjoy art and culture entertainment from live Kungfu and acrobatic shows. It is also common to find couples shooting wedding photos within the gardens as they capture their special day in this beautiful location.

The Chinese Garden is so big with almost 6000 sq. meters of beautiful space, that we got lost and couldn’t find our way to the exit.

Haji Lane

From funky murals to quirky cafes and bars to cool boutiques, Haji Lane is definitely on my list on insta-worthy places in Singapore.

Known as Singapore’s original indie neighbourhood, Haji Lane is a popular spot for not only tourists, but locals as well!

After exploring the area, you can enjoy a meal or coffee at one of the many popular cafes like I am Cafe and Selfie Coffee.

Masjid Sultan Mosque

Masjid Sultan Mosque is located in Kampong Glam area, which is located in Arab Street. It was built in the early 1800s, when Sultan Hussain Shah, Ruler of Temasek (the former name of Singapore) proposed to build a mosque. These days it’s considered the “national mosque” of Singapore.

The original Masjid Sultan Mosque was demolished after about a century to make way for the current building, which was completed in 1932.

Petain Road

The last on my list of  insta-worthy places in Singapore is Petain Road. The row of houses is known for its eclectic style. The name “Petain” is quite controversial as it was named after Henri-Philippe Pétain, a decorated World War 1 French general who led France to victory against Germany in 1918. However, he worked with the Nazis and adopted repressive measures against the Jews when he became Chief of State. He was later convicted for treason and sentenced to life imprisonment.

There was a campaign by the French community to change the name of the road as they did not want to honour a disgraced French general, but it was not successful as many people were already used to the name.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you’re ever in Singapore, do go visit these places! In the mean time, you can check out my Instagram

Till next time…..

 

 

Xx,

Nic

 

 

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Instagram-worthy places in Singapore: All You Need To Know

Hi guys!

I’ve always written about beautiful places I’ve been to, where are the beautiful spots, best cafes and restaurants to go to, etc, but I’ve never written about my own home country, Singapore.

So today, I’m gonna share with you what I think are insta-worthy places in Singapore!

1) House of Tan Teng Niah (Little India)

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Possibly most colourful and insta-worthy place in Singapore, the House of Tan Teng Niah sits proudly in the centre of Little India. However, unlike the rest of the attractions in this list, the House of Tan Teng Niah isn’t really Indian. As any linguists may have already realised, this building’s routes lie firmly in the Chinese colonialisation of Singapore, and is the only survivor of its type in the neighbourhood.

Situated just a minute’s walk from Little India MRT Station is the Residence of Tan Teng Niah. While the choice of psychedelic colours on the exterior post-restoration is subject for debate, one cannot argue that this eight-room Chinese villa screams for attention in the vicinity of Kerbau Road.

The history of the building goes back to 1900, when Tan Teng Niah who was one of the few prominent Chinese businessmen in Little India, built it for his wife. This building is one of the last surviving Chinese villas in Little India.

A few Chinese businessmen decided to set up business in Little India following the success of the cattle trade. They were usually in the businesses of rattan works, pineapple factories, and rubber smokehouses. These industries may seem unrelated to the cattle trade in the area but there was a far-reaching commercial relationship which made sense.

The wet environment of the area provided the abundant amounts of water which rattan works required. Recycled rattan by-products and the dregs of pineapple skins from the factories then went into the cattle feed. Bullock carts were readily available and that facilitated goods transportation such as rubber sheets prepared by the rubber smokehouses.

Tan Teng Niah was one such owner of a rubber smokehouse and his legacy would continue to survive today at 37 Kerbau Road as the Residence of Tan Teng Niah.

The best time to visit to capture the vibrant colours is around noon (no shadow casted) but it can be extremely hot and scorching, If photography is not critical, visit during the cooler part of the day in the morning or early evening. If you visit in the evening, you can also dine alfresco and order from a restaurant that now occupies the building or from a hawker across the street.

As the premises house several business, it is not possible to visit the interior of the house, it is definitely a colourful visit.

2) ArtScience Museum: Future World

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You don’t have go too far to find insta-worthy places in Singapore!

Look no further than the Singapore ArtScience Museum, which houses renowned exhibitions that push the boundaries of science, technology and knowledge.

We’re in for a whole new treat because Future World recently added 10 new installations!

3) Peranakan Houses at Koon Seng Road

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Now, you know how much I love a beautiful and colourful backdrop! So it’s a no-brainer that these Peranakan Houses at Koon Seng Road made it to list of insta-worthy places in Singapore.

What does Peranakan mean? Peranakan descendants are of Chinese immigrants who came to the Malay Archipelago, including British Malaya (now Malaysia and Singapore) and Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).

The road is actually named after Cheong Koon Seng, born in the 1800′, who was one of the first thirteen students at Singapore’s Anglo-Chinese School. Until the 1970’s, the area was inhabited by Peranakan Chinese, which explains the colourful and unique Chinese architecture to be found in the area.

The houses were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s but it was until the early 90’s that they were to be officially marked for conservation.

These perfectly painted Peranakan-themed houses are now a popular spot for budding photographers, tourists and fashion models visiting the city looking for a colourful backdrop for their photography. Each house is painted in a different pastel, and each property tells its own story.

They say some of the houses are still lived in by the original families that moved in during the 20’s and 30’s, while many moved out due to violence in the area during the 1970’s allowing a new generation of Singaporeans’ to take over.

4) Japanese Cemetery

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Established in 1891, the Japanese Cemetery Park was used to serve the burial needs of the Japanese residents in Singapore. In 1891, three brothel keepers, Futaki Takajiro, Shibuya Ginji and Nakagawa Kikuzo obtained permission from the government to build a cemetery for the destitute Japanese prostitutes who breathed their last in Singapore but had no final resting place.

The founders of the cemetery were also rubber plantation owners, hence they used some of their land to serve as land for the cemetery. As a reminder of their deeds, there are still two huge rubber trees commissioned as heritage trees within the compound of the cemetery.

After World War I, industrialisation grew at an astonishing pace in Japan, and hence the composition of the Japanese community here evolved to include people from other sectors, such as agriculture, retail, fishing. The cemetery later grew to include the tombs of these people. As the community became wealthier, the architecture of the tombs took on more ornate and elaborate styles. Design features included stone sculptures of Jizo (a Japanese deity) or Corinthian-styled columns, and plots were also demarcated with fences and gates.

It is now the largest and most well-preserved Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia, measuring approximately 30,000 square metres, and houses around 1000 graves. The cemetery was closed to burials in 1973 and named a memorial park in 1987. The Singapore government transferred custodial rights over the cemetery to the Japanese Association in 1969. Today, the Japanese Association continues to manage the affairs of the cemetery.

Just before entering and when leaving the cemetery, I did a silent prayer stating that I was not here to disturb the peace of the dead.

While walking about the cemetery, useful information board will tell you more about the history of the Japanese Cemetery, which I found very useful and knowledgeable.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Stay tuned for part 2, which will be out next week!

 

Xx,

Nic