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  • Tours « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    titled Buzz and Dynamism Singapore s transition from colonial to post post independence through government and civic buildings Click below to have a blast from the past more Posted in Tours Uncategorized No Comments From Schoolyards to Landmarks Wednesday June 29th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History This tour was the first out of the many tours lined up for June organised by the Preservation of Monuments Board Four incredibly charismatic boys from Raffles Institution brought us through the rich history behind monuments that once functioned as schools such as the former St Joseph s Institution former CHIJ Chapel and Caldwell House and former Tao Nan School Click below to find out more about some of Singapore s oldest schools and what it is now used for more Posted in Tours Uncategorized No Comments In The Footsteps Of The Faithful Tuesday June 28th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History On the 11 th of June the Preservation of Monuments Board kick started a series of tours scheduled for the June holidays They have been designed to deliver a personal experience with history through the exploration of Singapore s very own monuments The first two tours were led by students from Raffles Institution one of which was titled In the Footsteps of the Faithful I had the privilege to follow these boys on this exciting adventure as they led us through the rich history and heritage behind some of Singapore s oldest monuments the St Andrew s Cathedral the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd the Church of St Peter and St Paul and the Maghain Aboth Synagogue Click below to find out more about what hides behind the grand exterior of Singapore s

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  • Uncategorized « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    oldest monuments the Former Empress Place Former Parliament House Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and Former Supreme Court and an educational journey on their uses today Click below to learn more about these monuments transformative journey as they are given a new lease of life from being simply old buildings to becoming national monuments embedded with rich history and new found purposes more Posted in Tours Uncategorized No Comments A Tale of Two Towns and Monumental Makeovers Thursday June 30th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History Click below for a visual journey of these tours A Tale of Two Towns and Monumental Makeovers led by PMB s volunteer guides more Posted in Uncategorized No Comments Buzz and Dynamism Thursday June 30th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History Have you ever passed by places such as the former Hill Street Police Station or the former City Hall and wondered what it was like in early to mid 20 th century On the 19 th of June three charming secondary school boys from Raffles Institution took us on a realistic journey visiting the history and life of these buildings in a tour titled Buzz and Dynamism Singapore s transition from colonial to post post independence through government and civic buildings Click below to have a blast from the past more Posted in Tours Uncategorized No Comments My Monumental Playground Wednesday June 29th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History On 11 12 th of June the Preservation of Monuments Board and National Parks Board organised the event My Monumental Playground at Esplanade Park It was a fun filled weekend as families came together to take part in the activities organised and learned more about Singapore s history more Posted in Events Uncategorized No Comments From Schoolyards to Landmarks Wednesday June 29th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History This tour was the first out of the many tours lined up for June organised by the Preservation of Monuments Board Four incredibly charismatic boys from Raffles Institution brought us through the rich history behind monuments that once functioned as schools such as the former St Joseph s Institution former CHIJ Chapel and Caldwell House and former Tao Nan School Click below to find out more about some of Singapore s oldest schools and what it is now used for more Posted in Tours Uncategorized No Comments In The Footsteps Of The Faithful Tuesday June 28th 2011 Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History On the 11 th of June the Preservation of Monuments Board kick started a series of tours scheduled for the June holidays They have been designed to deliver a personal experience with history through the exploration of Singapore s very own monuments The first two tours were led by

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  • From Schoolyards to Landmarks « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    as in the CHIJ Chapel The boys brought the audience along the corridor to see what used to be a classroom on the right In those days before air conditioning was invented these rooms were ventilated with the help of timber louvered doors specially designed to ensure good ventilation Here is the original facade deliberately left untouched by the architects who designed and built the porch Secrets of the building revealed never knew Discover uncover The Latin inscription here reads Signum Fidei Sign of Faith At the glass porch where we could look up to see the old façade of the building Just before we embarked on a sketching activity the boys brought us to see these plaques that are located at the porch On the left is a list of benefactors of the school Contrary to popular belief that SJI was a school meant for the Caucasian community most of these benefactors were actually Chinese On the right is a marble slab commemorating Goh Chok Tong s official opening of the Singapore Art Museum The boys were extremely well prepared and excellent tour guides We were all given activity sheets and asked to sketch the architectural features of SJI and of the Church of St Peter and St Paul which is right next to SJI This Church is also covered in the other tour Footsteps of the Faithful Here the boys discussed with us the differences in the architectural style of SJI and the Church of St Peter and St Paul SJI was designed in a neo classical style with roman influences while the Church was of a neo gothic architectural style Unfortunately as we made our way to the next stop Former Tao Nan School currently the Peranakan Museum the rain got too heavy We were all quite bummed that we were not able to see the other two monuments scheduled in the tour Thankfully our enthusiastic tour guides were not disheartened and came prepared with pictures and actions to entertain us Picture courtesy of National Archives of Singapore and a present day photograph of the building The building was constructed around 1910 1912 by the Hokkien community in Singapore and was significant in the improvement of education received by children of the Chinese community They were one of the first few schools that switched to become an English medium school back in the old days Tao Nan School was very much a unifying force in the early 20 th century as it was the first Chinese school to accept students from other dialect groups This school was also very much a force for improving social mobility as mentioned by Anty as through education many of the students actually moved out of their lower income classes Picture courtesy of National Archives of Singapore I particularly quite like this interesting fact brought up by the boys They mentioned that in 1940 there were only two girls in the graduating class of Tao Nan School as seen in the picture

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  • In The Footsteps Of The Faithful « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    Good Shepherd Singapore s oldest Catholic Church I have been pass this cathedral many times but only got to know more about it through the tour Joel highlighting the neoclassical design of the cathedral and drawing comparisons between the designs of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and the St Andrew s Cathedral The boys were excellent in guiding the tours incredibly well informed and often had archival pictures on hand Pope John Paul II If you ever visit the monument pay close attention to the base of the statue Familiar symbols of Singapore can be seen the Lion Head and Vanda Miss Joaquim An interesting story lies behind the name of this monument It was inspired by Father Imbert the first Catholic priest to visit Singapore He had written In desperate circumstances The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his Sheep in reference to the bible verse from John 10 11 Unfortunately Father Imbert was killed in Korea by Christian persecutors while spreading the word of God When news arrived in Singapore of his death the followers of the church decided to name the cathedral Good Shepherd to remember Father Imbert s martyrdom We had to wait for a few minutes before we could enter the cathedral as there was an ongoing mass The mass was conducted in Korea for the Korean congregation There is a certain calm and serenity that fills you in a beautiful cathedral like this one It is definitely something worth experiencing in person Relics of Father Imbert kept in the cathedral In December last year two panels of the cathedral s most precious stained glass were taken down for its own protection One depicted Madonna and Child while the other was of St Joseph Due to construction works nearby and the old age of the cathedral the panels were under immense stress and there were fears that they would be irreparably damaged Once broken they are lost forever Virgin Mary and the Holy Infant Jesus The pieta depicting Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus is a sculpture commonly seen in catholic churches all over the world Omnia Omnibus Latin for All Things to All Men Next was the Church of St Peter and St Paul just round the corner from the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd The church was founded by Father Pierre Paris who was apparently quite the linguist well versed in many languages and dialects The church was established to cater to the growing number of Chinese and Tamil congregations from the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd Yue Heng elaborating on the neo Gothic architectural design of the church with pictures highlighting the significance of the three bells in the Church bestowed by Father Paris and how they hold auspicious meaning to the Church s followers The symbol of St Peter and St Paul seen at the parish hall of the church The crossed keys famously known as the Keys of Heaven were given to St Peter given by

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1377 (2012-12-22)
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  • Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Tour « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    designed in two main architectural styles Beaux Arts and Art Deco From left to right the sculptures represent Agriculture Commerce Transport and Industry all important aspects of Malaya s economy in early 20 th century On top of these statues are the alphabets FMSR which stand for Federated Malay States Railways There is much symbolism in these sculptures For example the statue of agriculture is carrying a sheaf of corn which represents prosperity and bountiful harvest As for the statue of commerce behind him is a caduceus an attribute of Mercury the Greek god of commerce The use of sculptures to express ideas is a design feature of Beaux Arts Chinese roof tiles were also incorporated into the design of the building If you ever visit the Thian Hock Keng temple nearby try to spot the similar roof tiles there We found a nice shady spot outside of the railway station to hide under while getting a good look at the façade of the building We were shown features of Beaux Arts in the tour These included arches also a feature of classical architecture and symmetry The eight point star a design of the art deco architectural style is often found in Islamic art and it is a symbol of harmony and good fortune After our little session under the hot sun we were brought into the central hall which was much cooler The architects of the building were inspired by railway stations of Europe and America such as the Helsinki Railway Station in Finland The high ceilings were designed for good air ventilation and allowance for natural lighting According to Karine there used to be a clock in this area but it has since been removed There are a total of six three part colourful murals in this hall each measuring 7 6m by 1m They depict all sorts of life and various industries in Malaya I thought that such beautiful murals are a rare sight in a country like Singapore The KTM counter inside the station In the old days the station used to offer other facilities such as a resting room a hotel restaurants and hair salon It was the venue for important events such as the Manufacturers Exhibition in January 1932 On the left is the coat of arms of Federated Malay States The four different colours represent Selangor Perak Negeri Sembilan and Pahang On the right is the coat of arms of the Straits Settlements Each picture in the coat of arms symbolises the different states of the Straits Settlements under the British Empire The office of Malaysian Customs in the station All these including the Eastern and Oriental Train room the bunk room and the food stalls will be gone after the station ceases operation on 1 July Don t miss your opportunity to get up close with this monument and experience a slice of history A landmark in the local community many people visit the station for its architectural and historical value or

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1254 (2012-12-22)
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  • Our blog has shifted! « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    2011 June 2011 January 2010 Text size Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Tour Our blog has shifted Hello everyone Mark this page as one of your favourites Thank you for reading and supporting the PMB blog As PMB has redesigned its website the blog is now part of the website Do look out for more posts and we look forward to sharing views with you This entry was posted on Tuesday

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  • Table of Contents - PMB_Newsletter_121012
    Version View Full Version Table of Contents Page 1 Table of Contents Cover 1 Dear Educators 2 3 Ongoing Events 4 5 Teaching Tools 6 7 Mark Your Calendars 8

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  • Page 1 - PMB_Newsletter_121012
    Page 1 PMB Newsletter 121012 Basic HTML Version View Full Version Table of Contents Table of Contents Page 2 3 PMB EDUCATORS NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 2012

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