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  • World War II

    Japanese Troops landing in Singapore

    World War II in Singapore began on 8 December 1941, when Japanese planes dropped the first bombs on the island, killing 61 and injuring 133 people. Sensing the nation’s vulnerability and lack of defence preparations by the British, Japanese Troops began their invasion from the north in Malaya and eventually reached the shores of Singapore on 8 February 1942.

  • Roosters of the National Collection

    red jungle fowl

    Whether it’s a pair of delicate traditional slippers or a vessel from the 15th Century, the National Collection has many special artefacts that feature this year’s zodiac animal - the Rooster. Let's take a closer look at some of these pieces.

  • Ahmad Ibrahim

    Installation of Yang di-Pertuan Negara Yusof Ishak

    Ahmad Ibrahim is one of Singapore’s most prolific legal experts and public service leaders. He actively contributed to the Muslim community and drafted the Administration of Muslim Law Act, which led to the setting up of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura), the Registry of Muslim Marriages, and the administration of institutions like madrasahs and mosques.

  • Chinese Middle Schools Protests

    Chinese Middle Schools Protests

    What started as the government's move to curb the rise of communism in Singapore, triggered what would be known as one of the worst riots in the history of the nation.

  • G Sarangapany

    G. Sarangapany

    Well known as a leader of the Tamil community and founder of the Tamil Murasu newspaper, G. Sarangapany was a monumental man of great influence and respect. His leadership and vision precipitated positive change for many since the 1930s.

  • Naraina Pillai

    Naraina Pillai

    Known as one of the first Tamil men to set foot in Singapore, Naraina Pillai made his mark in history with the construction of the Sri Mariamman Temple that still stands today.

  • The Snake in the Banyan Tree

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    Have you heard the beating of the kompang? The flat round drum is often used in Malay weddings and makes a very interesting thumping sound. Even more interesting is the story of how the drum came about.

  • Tan Kah Kee

    TKK writing

    A man who wore many hats, Tan Kah Kee was a philanthropist, business tycoon, social reformer, education promoter, community leader and Chinese patriot, who showed tenacity and generosity in the face of adversity.

  • Cinemas over the Years

    capitol before and after

    Pull back the curtains on the first cinemas in Singapore and discover how the movie-going experience has changed over the years.

  • Refurbishment of Bukit Brown Cemetery Gates

    Bukit Brown Gates 2

    NHB commissioned Fusion Clad Precision to refurbish the four cast iron gates at the entrance of Bukit Brown Cemetery. The process took six months and was completed in August 2016.

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