Former Asia Insurance Building (Ascott Raffles Place)

Former Asia Insurance Building (Ascott Raffles Place)The former Asia Insurance Building is located at 2 Finlayson Green. With 18 storeys rising above a double-volume ground floor, it was once the tallest building in Southeast Asia at a height of 270 ft (82 m). Designed by one of Singapore’s pioneer architects, Ng Keng Siang, the office building was completed in 1955 and served as the headquarters of the Asia Insurance Company, one of the first local insurance companies. In 2006, the building was sold to service apartment operator The Ascott Group, which has since converted it into a luxurious serviced ...

Chek Jawa

Chek Jawa is an intertidal flat located at the remote easternmost tip of Pulau Ubin, one of Singapore’s offshore islands. Although only about a square kilometre in size, Chek Jawa comrpises six distinct ecological habitats, each supporting ...

The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore

The Boys’ Brigade (BB) is the first youth uniformed group in the world. Founded in Scotland in 1883, it is a Christian organisation that seeks to nurture boys into responsible Christian men instilled with values such as obedience, ...

Earth tremors in Singapore

There are no records of earthquakes occurring in Singapore, as the island is located outside earthquake zones. However, Singapore does periodically experience low-level earth tremors caused by earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia. Occasionally, ...

Deepavali

Deepavali, or diwali (literally translated as “a row of lights”; also known as the Festival of Lights), is a festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide. The festival falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the Tamil month of Aipasi ...

Singapore–Malaysia 1988 memorandum of understanding on water, gas and ferry service

After six years of negotiations between Singapore and Malaysian officials over a new agreement on water and gas supplies, Singapore’s then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, finally signed ...

First Singapore grand prix

The first Singapore Grand Prix was held from 16 to 17 September 1961. It was one of a series of sporting events held in support of the government-sponsored “Visit Singapore – The Orient Year” tourism campaign. Organised by the Singapore ...

National Cadet Corps

The National Cadet Corps (NCC), supported by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Ministry of Education (MOE), is one of the largest youth uniformed groups in Singapore. Its history dates back to 1901, when the first cadet corps unit ...

Internal Security Act

The Internal Security Act (ISA) is a law that enables the government to swiftly act against what it deems to be threats to national security by employing various measures. The law is carried out by the Internal Security Department ...

National Arts Council

The National Arts Council (NAC) was established as a statutory board on 15 October 1991 to spearhead the development of the arts – literary, performing and visual – in Singapore. The council’s mission is to help nurture the arts and ...

Horsburgh Lighthouse

Horsburgh Lighthouse, located at the eastern entrance to the Singapore Straits, is the oldest of the four lighthouses in Singapore waters. Situated on Pedra Branca, an island 54 km off the mainland of Singapore, it is the first lighthouse ...