Chinatown Complex

Chinatown Complex (formerly Kreta Ayer Complex) houses a market and one of the largest hawker centres in Singapore. It is located in Chinatown, the largest historic district in Singapore and a conservation area gazetted in 1989. The complex sits along Kreta Ayer Road, near the shopping areas of Smith, Temple and Trengganu streets. On 1 October 1983, the complex opened for business. It was built to rehouse roadside stalls run by travelling hawkers (or itinerant hawkers). Due to its location, it was first named Kreta Ayer Complex (牛车水大夏). Subsequently ...

Singapore Kwangtung Hui Kuan

The Singapore Kwantung Hui Kuan was established in 1937 to provide networking opportunities, unite fellow Chinese from China’s Guangdong province, contribute to charity and promote Chinese culture. Guangdong (formerly known as Canton) ...

Intercultural Theatre Institute

The Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is an independent theatre school for contemporary artists, offering training in intercultural theatre. First established in 2000 as the Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP), the ...

Cairnhill

The name Cairnhill originated from Charles Carnie, whose residence was built on Carnie Hill around 1840. It was later renamed as Cairn Hill. The names Cairnhill Circle, Cairnhill Rise and Cairnhill Road were inspired by Carnie’s house. ...

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) began in 1963 as Ngee Ann College, an independent institute of higher learning set up by Ngee Ann Kongsi. Offering four-year degree courses in commerce and technology, Ngee Ann College aimed to become a university. ...

National Computer Board

The National Computer Board (NCB) was established on 1 September 1981 as a new public body under the National Computer Board Act No. 14 of 1981. The board was formed as a result of a study conducted in 1980 by the Committee on National ...

The Padang

At the heart of the civic and cultural district of Singapore is the Padang, a large open field in front of the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings (presently home to the National Gallery Singapore). The Padang, which means ...

Portuguese trade empire in Asia

The arrival of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in India in 1498 meant that the Portuguese were the first Europeans to discover a direct sea route to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope and, subsequently, Southeast Asia. Their main motive ...

Pandan

Pandan commonly refers to Pandanus amaryllifolius, a plant whose aromatic leaves are used as flavouring in food and drinks, particularly rice and desserts in Malay and Peranakan cuisine. The plant is not commonly known to flower or ...

Jeremy Monteiro

Dubbed Singapore’s King of Swing, Jeremy Ian Monteiro (b. 20 June 1960, Singapore–) is an internationally acclaimed jazz musician. Since the 1970s, Monteiro has performed in Singapore as a resident artiste or with bands, and in many ...

Battle of Bukit Timah

The battle of Bukit Timah (10–12 February 1942) took place during the Japanese invasion of Singapore. On the night of 10 February, two divisions of the Imperial Japanese Army attacked Bukit Timah, capturing the area in the early hours ...