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New marker designed by students to commemorate Singapore history

A monument unveiled yesterday among HDB blocks serves to remind Singaporeans of the nation’s development from a “mud-flat, swamp” to a “metropolis”. Those were the words uttered by founding PM Lee Kuan Yew on Sept 12, 1965, in…

App turns pillar into ‘tree’ with swirling messages in new exhibit

To the naked eye, the latest outdoor exhibit at the Bayfront Plaza area of Gardens by the Bay appears to be nothing more than a black-and-white pillar in the middle of an open space. But view it through…

Bicentennial Experience closes but parts will remain at Fort Canning

The Bicentennial Experience may have closed for good, but parts of it will remain at Fort Canning, while other parts, including historical materials, will be archived and stored. This announcement was made by Mr Desmond Lee, MSF Minister…

The intangible ideals that propel Singapore

Hello everyone! 2019 was our Bicentennial. We organised activities and exhibitions throughout the year, both in the city and in the heartlands, to commemorate our history. The Singapore story resonated deeply with us, because it reminded us vividly…

Singapore’s history lasts and lasts

A recent publication of an academic discovery has pushed Singapore’s history back to 1,000 years, rather than the commonly accepted 700 years. This bicentennial year has encouraged fresh conversations about Singapore’s ancient history from both official and unofficial…

Bicentennial artworks in public spaces to make art easier to access: DPM Heng Swee Keat

See if you can spot a giant, inflatable sculpture in your neighbourhood in the coming month. Ten of these colourful sculptures, measuring up to 6m high and part of a bicentennial artwork called The Five Stones by artist…

Additional $15M set aside for restoration of national monuments: Grace Fu

An additional $15 million will be set aside for eligible monument owners to support restoration projects over the next five years, said MCCY Minister Grace Fu on Tues. The monies, which will go into NHB’s National Monuments Fund,…

Singapore’s shifting roles through the centuries

Why should we pay attention to the longer and deeper history of Singapore that reaches back several centuries? Sceptics might argue that the present-day global city state has nothing in common with the settlement – or settlements –…

Move to make Bicentennial Experience permanent being studied: DPM Heng

Many Singaporeans have called for the Bicentennial Experience to be made permanent, and this is a move that the Government will carefully study, DPM Heng Swee Keat said yesterday. “We are studying this because it is not just…

New exhibition looks at S’pore’s early history, includes personal items from families of Raffles, Farquhar

For over 60 years, a portrait of her great-great-grandfather was hung on the wall in the house of Ms Heather Lumsden’s parents in Weybridge, a small town near London. But as a young child, Ms Lumsden was unaware…

Take objective appraisal of Singapore’s modern history

I am glad that Mr Anthony Oei pointed to the archaeological dig at the Sultan Gate last May to support his belief that Singapore was more than a sleepy fishing village in 1819 (Pre-colonial Singapore was thriving island,…

Pre-colonial Singapore was thriving island

Mr Toh Cheng Seong’s description of Singapore before 1819 does not gel with the facts of history (S’pore was no trading hub before Raffles’ arrival, Sept 4). Mr Toh said Singapore was a sleepy fishing village which the…

From transport to housing, Singapore’s centenarians on how the Lion City has transformed in their lifetime

All that Matwikarta Kariyo, 102-year-old remembers of his youth was a 15-day boat ride that set sail from Indonesia, where he was originally from, to the shores of Singapore. Matwikarta, who lives with his step daughter in Singapore’s…

S’pore was no trading hub before Raffles’ arrival

Mr Osman Sidek seems to take exception to any regard for the progress that Singapore made as a British colony (Don’t make light of anti-colonial sentiments, Forum Online, Sept 3). Since the organisers of the bicentennial commemoration have…

Don’t make light of anti-colonial sentiments

Forum contributor, Mr Toh Cheng Seong, was self-contradictory in singing the praises of British colonialism while claiming not to have exonerated the British for their ills (Give credit to colonial Britain where it is due, Aug 31). British…

Singapore’s Bicentennial: Commemorating 200 years with these public art commissions

As one of the highlights celebrating 200 years of Raffles’ arrival in Singapore, two out of three new public art commissions were unveiled on Wed. The third artwork, titled Five Stones by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng, will be…

Bicentennial buzz: Sightings of 2 species of flower flies last seen in Singapore 200 years ago

One is tiny and plain, the other strikes fear in the hearts of many with its hornet-like appearance. Scientists are abuzz at recent sightings of the two species of flower flies, last seen in Singapore almost 200 years…

Give credit to colonial Britain where it is due

Our visionary and pragmatic founding leaders adopted and re-adapted key British institutions for a small and fragile, newly independent, multicultural state, against the wider trend of nationalistic triumphalism in many former colonies. They were confident enough to give…

Statues of region’s natural history pioneers unveiled for Singapore’s bicentennial year

Two hundred years ago, Singapore looked nothing like the sprawling metropolis it is today. Like the rest of SEA, it was covered with large swathes of relatively unexplored jungles. But two intrepid explorers – British naturalist Alfred Russel…

Plans for the public to submit lantern designs

Members of the public can submit their designs next year for lanterns that adorn the streets of Chinatown during the annual Mid-Autumn celebration. Jalan Besar GRC MP Lily Neo, who has been organising the festival for 18 years,…

Wrong to suggest giving more credit to colonial Britain

I wrote a letter suggesting that colonial Britain should be given more credit for shaping Singapore (Don’t forget role of colonial Britain in shaping Singapore, Aug 24). I thank Forum contributors for their responses to this letter, from…

No need to rake up painful WWII memories during Bicentennial

As much as Dr Peter Ling would like to highlight the role played by and the presence of the Japanese in Singapore before World War II (Japanese present in S’pore long before WWII, Aug 24), I also presume…

History objectively reflected in festivities

Dr Daniel Emlyn-Jones listed positive and negative contributions which British colonial rule has provided to Singapore, before proceeding to question the proper credit given to Britain (Don’t forget role of colonial Britain in shaping Singapore, Aug 24). The…

More critical view of Britain’s colonial project needed

Dr Daniel Emelyn-Jones seems to believe that colonial misbehaviour and violence can be excused carte blanche by the “white man’s burden” (Don’t forget role of colonial Britain in shaping Singapore, Aug 24). The fact that so many of…

The National Gallery’s new multimedia exhibition looks back at significant moments from City Hall’s past

In a year full of happenings commemorating Singapore’s Bicentennial, it feels apt that the National Gallery would take this time to look back on the pivotal moments of the country’s history in and around the former City Hall,…

Don’t forget role of colonial Britain in shaping Singapore

As a visitor to Singapore from UK this summer, I am struck by the lack of attention given in this bicentennial year to the role of colonial Britain in shaping Singapore. It is true that the British messed…

Japanese present in Singapore long before WWII

My wife and I enjoyed the multimedia sensory experience of the Bicentennial show as it took us on a journey of Singapore’s transformation over the centuries. While the journey included the Japanese Occupation of 1942-1945, we felt that…

Redas unveils bicentennial showcase at Raffles Place

Redas launched its bicentennial showcase this morning at Raffles Place Park. Comprising two multimedia domes, the event showcases perspectives of the built environment and landmarks, and highlights developers’ contributions towards Singapore’s urban development. The launch was attended by…

Bicentennial show set to welcome 600,000

When 33,000 tickets were snapped up for the bicentennial showcase at Fort Canning Centre on Aug 7 alone, the team behind the experience rang up Sistic to ask if there had been an error. Singapore Bicentennial Office’s executive…

NDR 2019: Bicentennial Experience to stay open for an extra 3 months in response to many requests

The Bicentennial Experience, which is the centrepiece of events commemorating Singapore’s history and evolution, will remain open for an additional three months, PM Lee announced in his NDR speech on Sun. The immersive, multi-sensory showcase had been due…

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