09 February 2010

Chinatown Heritage Centre & Singapore City Gallery

Had a meeting in the morning at China Square and thought since I was already out an in the area, why not check out the Chinatown Heritage Centre then the Red Dot Museum?

It was a short walk two streets away and not difficult to locate as they were prominent signs around.

If you are local, do ask for the relevant discounts. Otherwise, the entrance fee is SGD 10.00 and do not expect them to make the effort to ask. It's a nice place to step in especially when you are in the heart of noisy Chinatown. It was very refreshing to step into the suddenly quietness and not to mention away from the sweltering heat into air-conditioned bliss.

Slightly unfortunately for me, I was right behind a Primary school tour and the serenity was shattered by a hoard of excitable school kids with the teacher trying without much success to restore order among the children.

The place is quite enclosed as it was built within an existing old shop house. Overtaking them would not be an option as I would missed quite a chunk of the exhibits.

Then suddenly, all was quiet as though the whole group of teachers and students vanished into thin air.
I continued to walk on before I realised why.

Looks like the teachers herded the kids along rather hurriedly. LOL!

Well, let's just say I got the peace and quiet that I want for the rest of the tour. :)

48 Pagoda Street Singapore 059207
Opening Hours:
9am to 8pm daily (last admission at 7pm)

Next on, I kept walking towards Maxwell Road towards Red Dot Museum when I remembered en route there is the URA Singapore City Gallery and decided to make a pit stop. An excellent decision, if I may proudly add.

It has a 3D map of Singapore detailing every single building currently standing on the island. Way cool.

I have to resist my utmost urge to want to climb onto the models and pretend to Godzilla and stomp my way through CBD. Haha.

Then I recalled a friend telling me to act like Ultraman and fight monsters but then hor, I think it would be too painful when I land my butt on these wooden model buildings.

Better to just stick to Godzilla lah. :P

45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Opening hours:
Mondays to Saturdays 9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Last stop, Red Dot Museum but unfortunately the place was closed.

Till the next visit before I blog about it then. Sorry! :(

Image Credit:
- Voxeros

1. Desiree left...
Thursday, 11 February 2010 4:10 pm
Found the museum i mentioned. Think it's called ISD Heritage Centre. You will find info as you google for it. It was an exclusive trip for me previously cos I went on a guided tour before it was launched - I think. But funny how I cannot find the directions to the centre. It's ISD after all. Hahaha

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 12 February 2010 1:25 am :: 
Desiree: Yes, it is exclusive to civil service and school students. I managed to find their phone number and the number points towards Balestier area which leads me to conclude that it is located within the Ministry Of Home Affairs itself.

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