• Explore artifacts from all corners of Asia at a heritage house rich with history
• Breathtaking and brand new; see the city’s most impressive contemporary arts museum
• Enjoy oysters and small plates at a rooftop bar, serving panoramic views of the skyline
The most impressive Colonial architecture in the city is clustered along the Singapore River between North Bridge and Fullerton Roads. Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament House is The Arts House. Head over to this heritage-rich building for multidisciplinary programmes and festivals such as literary arts, film as well as performing and visual arts. The most impressive Colonial architecture in the city is clustered along the Singapore River between North Bridge and Fullerton Roads. Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore´s first Parliament House is The Arts House.Head to this heritage-rich building for multidisciplinary programmes and festivals such as literary arts, film as well as performing and visual arts. Or see Buddhas and Chinese brush rests at the Asian Civilisations Museum, a gracefully sprawling complex that served as Singapore’s original government office until the late 1980’s. Today it houses a broad survey of artifacts from all corners of Asia—China, India, Yemen, Indonesia, etc. If you only have time for one thing, though, make it the impressive new National Gallery. An ambitious renovation imagined by Singapore’s Studio Milou combined the many-columned City Hall with the domed Supreme Court via an elegant glass canopy that incorporates sky bridges and an indoor plaza with soaring tree-like supports. The new building now houses the world’s largest collection of contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia; it’s filled with work by artists whose names are unfamiliar to most Westerners—Wu Peng Seng, Ismail Zain, Kim Lim—so you’re certain to discover something new. Even without the canvases, we think the breathtaking spaces overlooking the grassy Padang are worth the trip. From there, it’s a scenic walk across the pedestrian-only Cavenagh Bridge to oysters and small plates at Southbridge, an open-air bar where you can sip cocktails from an elevated perch in the midst of the modern skyline.
Singapore's Arts House can be found on the bank of the Singapore River, just off Parliament Place. From there, the Asian Civilisations Museum is just around the corner. Walk down Old Parliament Lane and you’ll see this white and yellow historic building. The National Gallery of Singapore is in the same area, just a few minutes north on St. Andrew’s Road. Finally, walk across the Cavenagh Bridge and you’ll find Southbridge five stories up.
THE ARTS HOUSE: 1 Old Parliament Lane; +65-6332-6900; theartshouse.sg
ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM: 1 Empress Place; +65-6332-7798; acm.org.sg
NATIONAL GALLERY: 1 St. Andrew’s Rd.; +65-6690-9400; nationalgallery.sg
SOUTHBRIDGE: 80 Boat Quay; +65-6877-6965; southbridge.sg