Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Singapore Heritage Trail

Singapore has a very interesting history. If one is interested to have a glimpse of it, you can do it right at the city center.
 
In downtown Singapore, there is this so-called Central Business District Heritage Trail. This is the area near the Bras Basah Road on to Fort Canning Hill.
 
In the Heritage Trail area, you can find the Singapore National Museum, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Singapore Arts Museum and the CHIJMES. 
 
The National Museum of Singapore stately building.

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd prior to its renovation.

The altar of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd prior to its renovation.

The relics of Saint Laurent Imbert inside the cathedral. Saint Laurent Imbert was a Paris Foreign Mission bishop who was a missionary in Korea during the Choseon era. He was martyred for his work in spreading the faith.  

The CHIJMES. One will wonder that this religious-looking edifice is not really a sacred place but an entertainment area. It was formerly a convent of French Catholic nuns named as Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ). It also housed a school and at the center was a chapel in gothic architecture. In November 1983, the place was deconsecrated to give way to its present development.       

The Singapore Art Museum. This edifice formerly housed the
Saint Joseph's Institution.

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