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  • Implementation of National Service

    Old Temasek Green Cotton Drill Uniform

    Whether it was scaling the treacherous Peng Kang Hill in Jurong, being part of the pioneer batches trained by the Israeli Army, or simply taking the ferry from Tanah Merah to Pulau Tekong, the memories of National Service still resonate very much in the minds of the 900,000 male citizens who have completed their National Service duty ever since it was introduced under the National Service (Amendment) Bill in 1967.

  • Hock Lee Bus Riots

    Riot Police using a high-power water jet to disperese rioters

    On 12 May 1955, a strike broke out at the Hock Lee Bus Company along Alexandra Road after 229 members of the Singapore Bus Workers’ Union felt that they were unfairly dismissed. The strike soon escalated into a full-scale riot between police, workers and about 2,000 Chinese middle-school students, resulting in the loss of four lives and 31 others injured.

  • Launch of the Mass Rapid Transit System

    Commemoration of the Delivery of the First MRT Trains

    In the late 1970s, Singapore had in place an efficient bus network, but planning studies conducted during that time anticipated transportation problems with Singapore’s booming population and rising expectations for transport efficiency. Although the MRT line opened to its first passengers in 1987, talks for a potential MRT system as part of the transport infrastructure in Singapore began as early as in the late 1960s.

  • The Golden Era of Singapore Cinema

    A Scene from Lanchang Kuning

    The golden era of Singapore cinema occurred within a 25-year period from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, when hundreds of films were filmed and produced in Singapore by two major film empires, Cathay Organisation and Shaw Brothers.

  • Lee Kuan Yew

    Lee Kuan Yew at PAP's meeting at Victoria Memorail Hall

    Lee Kuan Yew is widely regarded as the founder of modern Singapore, serving as the nation’s Prime Minister for 31 years from 1959 to 1990. A well-respected leader in the global community, Lee introduced pioneering policies that transformed Singapore into a modern metropolis.

  • Festivals in Singapore

    Mid Autumn Festival Light Up in Chinatown

    Modern Singapore is well-known to be a society where a hybrid of cultures and communities of different faiths and beliefs coexist in harmony. This rich and vibrant multicultural heritage of Singapore is celebrated through her many diverse festivals, spread over the calendar year.

  • Singapore Shophouses

    Chionshire Styled Shophouse in Geylang

    Across the island, the Singapore shophouse is a quintessential architectural icon still widely used for residential and commercial purposes. It remains a visible canvas that portrays Singapore’s intriguing multicultural and architectural influences throughout the years.

  • Govindasamy Pillai

    Mr and Mrs Govindasamy Pillai

    P. Govindasamy Pillai is a successful businessman who made his mark with his string of PGP stores in Little India. He is well known for his acts of philanthropy to Singapore and the Indian community, with generous donations to institutions like the Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple , Ramakrishna Mission, Indian Association and the Gandhi Memorial Hall. Govindasamy Pillai was also a founding member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and a Justice of Peace.

  • Traditional Trades

    Traditional Teochew Confectionery

    While many traditional trades and craftsmen have since retired or developed into other trades, a good few such as the Bumboat operators of Pulau Ubin , Traditional confectionaries and Second-hand book sellers continue to provide daily necessities and services to a small but grateful audience. Their contribution to Singapore’s rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit is an invaluable asset that contributes not just to the socio-economic makeup of our society, but the identity of Singapore as nation.

  • Black and White Houses in Singapore

    A Black and White Bungalow from the 1900s

    In land-scarce Singapore, the sight of one of the estimated 500 remaining Black and White Houses often conjures up memories of the colonial era in Singapore. Although a majority of these houses were built within a short span of around 25 years between 1903-1928, its uniqueness to the region and unrivalled architecture has made it an invaluable part of Singapore’s history.

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