Singapore is a busy metropolis, one of the largest and most international cities in the world. The reason for that is the awesome mixing of cultures which helps you find literally anything and everything in here. From Chinese, Indian and Arabic and European communities Singapore has people from all around the world living here. Thanks to this, the city’s official language in in fact English and this is also why life is so easy for everyone in this beautiful place. This time around we would like to represent you some of the most outstanding cultural places, museums and fine arts exhibitions in Singapore in the hope of helping you out in case you are in the area.
Singapore is a city, which is not only huge, but it’s also beautiful, colorful and very unique. Apart from the large ultramodern skyscrapers it features plenty of colonial buildings, and old districts where different nationalities live (Arabic district, Chinatown for example). Also, next to being stacked with people Singapore has been carefully plan. This way, it has enough green areas, parks in order to give chance for people to relax and to enjoy some free time outside.
Being the melting pot of so many different cultures ( Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai with strong Portuguese and British influence). It’s no wonder that Singapore has some of the most colorful cultural life. It’s extremely rich in creativity and has four renowned art institutes. If you are up for taking a cultural tour, this city is just the right choice for you. And we are here to guide you by showing you some of the most exciting places to visit.
Singapore Art Museum: This museum is already worth visiting, even if you would like to see it from the outside, as it’s housed by St. Joseph, a Spanish Mission School which was built in the 19th century. Today, this building which is a national monument on its own right gives home to some of the most outstanding contemporary art collections in Southeast Asia. The former mission school was fully restore. It’s one of the largest and most beautifully restore missionary buildings on the continent.
National Gallery Singapore: housed in the British colonial former Supreme Court building which is a neo-renaissance giant the National Gallery is one of the newest fine art galleries of Singapore. It’s also the largest of its kind throughout the whole Southeast Asian region. 1 day here will definitely not be enough to see all this huge gallery has to offer.
National Museum of Singapore
Despite being relatively young as a nation, Singapore has a very rich and colorful history. From the Portuguese Christian settlers to the British Colonial period and civil wars, until the independence from Malaysia. This miniature state went through a lot, to be where it is today. The National Museum guides you back in time, to teach you about the culture and history of the country and the region. It’s more than worth a visit.
If you are up for checking out the international contemporary art scene then don’t hesitate to head over to this ultramodern looking museum. Having unique and outstanding exhibitions some of which also include representing the art works of Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Fine Art tours and events
Singapore Art Week: this is an outstanding event which held every year and it lasts 12 days. This cultural event involves all the museums, art institutes and also represents tons of international temporary exhibitions, art fairs and gallery events. It’s definitely a must-see for all the art lovers out there. The museum represents art works of famous Singaporean artists as well as international temporary exhibitions. There guided tours and several programs to further entertain visitors. This gallery is definitely a must-visit for all the arts and culture lovers out there.
Orchard Art Trail
Orchard Road is surely familiar for everyone who knows or had been to Singapore. As this downtown road is one of the main shopping destinations in the city. However, as this tour will show you there is so much to this road than stores. The art trail has 13 stops it features lovely artworks, sculptures, fountains, statues made by national and international artists all really worth checking out.
Heritage tours in Singapore
This city is very unique because it has a higher than normal amount of beautiful colonial buildings. They left over from the Portuguese and the British periods and luckily none of these destroyed, instead they were beautifully restored. History tours include the Second World War tours where you can learn on the war strategies in the Far East. These include tours to Kampong Glam, The Northern Resilience Trail and the Southern Resilience Trail. If you are wondering about the ancient history of the era then you ought to go on to the Temasek Trail tour
Crafts and handcrafts
Singapore is literally the city of markets with flea markets, night markets all over the downtown area. Flea markets are by far the best places to hunt for souvenirs, handicrafts and other works of art. Definitely check these out when you are in Singapore.