Singapore Diversity in Culture and Society

Man cleaning marble wall by reception. An image for Singapore: a worker who is undoubtedly well cared for by the state,
cleaning an utter immaculate wall, in a space which seems full of classy design
and fine materials - and yet is, in someway, short on soul
Man cleaning marble wall. The cleanliness of Singapore is legendary Singapore is complex in its politics and their implications. To the visitor it is a splendid place where transport works, there is an air of calm well ordered polyglot ethnic diversity, museums and galleries are pulsing with interest and life, and where the climate offers reliability and temperatures that are manageable even for Scots. All that said, and more could be added, many people such as myself are glad our own country offers political freedoms and flexibility only dreamt of (and that in secret) in this hyper-organised state. But go and see for yourseslf, it forms the perfect destination for UK tourists: driving is on the left, English is spoken everywhere, there are yellow lines a plenty, the shops are familiar, and there is a huge choice of reasonably priced foods. This page offers some contrasts: museums and cafes; worker and head of state; Chinese and Hindu; classical architecture and modernity - Singapore Go to another site. Raffles statue. Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles Go to another site. (1781-1826), founder and first governor of Singapore Manikins in Chinese dress. Chinese manikins in the Asian Civilisations Museum Go to another site. Bull statue amongst trees. The insistent (legally required) vegetation is so refreshing Piazza by Raffles Statue with cyclist. The plaque on the statue reads: "On this historic site Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles first landed in Singapore on 28th January 1819 and with genius and perception changed the destiny of Singapore from an obscure fishing village to a great seaport and modern metropolis" Legend for deity images. Above legend for the images to the right.
The following pictures are from the Asian Civilisations Museum. Go to another page.
Set of deity images. Models of deities from Singapore temples Collection of Chinese household items. Display of Chinese household items Mother of pearl insect. An insect from oyster shells Legend for three Chinese gods. Explanation of the figures below The personifications of Happiness, Prosperity and Longevity. The three gods Hok/Fu, Lok/Lu and Siew/Shou Go to another site. respectively reify three stars and their qualities of Prosperity, Status (often Happiness), and Longevity Serangoon Road in Little India Serangoon Road in the Little India district The Veeramakaliamman Temple. The front of the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple Go to another site. Pedestrians at Serangoon Road. Pedestrian on Serangoon Road Fullerton Hotel. The Fullerton Hotel is named after Singapore's first Governor (1826-29) Robert Fullerton Cavenagh suspension bridge. The Cavenagh Suspension Bridge Go to another site. (Singapore's only one) designed by Collyer + Ordish, engineered by MacLellan of Glasgow, and opened in 1870 Asian Civilisations Museum. The Asian Civilisations Museum has been housed in the Empress Place Building since 2003, its old home is now the Peranakan Museum Parliament building at Boat Quay. Parliament Go to another site. and Old Supreme Court Building at Boat Quay on the Singapore River Entrance to Singapore National Museum. The cool entrance hall of the National Museum Go to another site. which was commissioned by the colonial government in 1882 and into which the collection moved in 1887 Capitol Building. The Capitol Building was part of a complex of flats and theatre completed in 1930 - part of Singapore's 'Core' area - later pages have more on this area Inside dome of Singapore National Musem. Looking up inside the dome of the National Museum Go to another page. of Singapore.
The museum's original collection was started in 1849
Covered area between old and new buildings of Singapore National Museum. The connecting covered space between the old building of the National Museum and the large new annex that has been added on an adjascent site Glass topped passageway in the SIngapore National Museum. The National Museum's glass topped passageway; the dome can just be seen through the glass above Cafe and rotunda in Singapore National Museum. The new Glass Rotunda by the cafe of the Singapore National Museum Streetside cafe. One of Singapore's thousands of excellent and cheap wayside cafes. Its name sign is reproduced below, just in case you missed it... The cafe sign: 'Lavender Frog Porridge'. A delicacy that might temp you Go to another site. to stop and eat at this cafe? The next page continues the visit to Singapore with photographs from the Jurong Gardens. These are sometimes shown as the Chinese Gardens, with an area of Japanese Garden. Maybe sadly the famous orchid gardens, which are part of the Singapore Botanical Gardens, did not lure me in. Circular entrance to Japanese garden in the Jurong Gardens. line
Saturday 14th July 2018 Murphy on duty

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