One of my new year resolution for 2014 is to save money, and saving money means no more (as much as possible) overseas holiday travel for this year. So I decided why not explore and travel around Singapore, thus “SG Scene” was born. I will try to feature at least once a month areas around Singapore which I believe is worth visiting.
Since Chinese New Year is fast approaching so why not check Singapore’s Chinatown as my first official “SG Scene” article. It is easily accessible via MRT NorthEast Line (or the Purple Line) having it’s own station name “Chinatown” Station.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a living cultural monument in the heart of Chinatown featuring exhibitions relating to various facets of religious arts and culture of Singapore. It also houses what Buddhist leaders regard as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa composed of 320kg of gold donated by devotees.
The building was conceptualised and designed by local venerable Shi Fa Zhao, aided by a team of local and overseas consultants. Its grand design is based on the elements and history of Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala, the latter which is a representation of the Buddhist universe. So expect to find lots of references to both aspects, such as bone and tongue relic elements. The temple prides itself on the research made to ensure accuracy and authenticity on the design and monuments found here. Other highlights found in this building include the Buddhist Culture Museum, Eminent Sangha Museum, Tripitaka Chamber, and a Theatre for cultural performances, talks and films. – http://www.yoursingapore.com
Just across the street from Singapore City Gallery is Red Dot Design Museum said to be second of it’s kind in the world located in the Red Dot Traffic Building, a grandiose colonial style building which used to be the headquarters of Singapore Traffic Police
Further walking towards the end of Maxwell Road, you will find Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (East-West Line/Green Line), if you decided that you have seen enough of Chinatown and go and travel to your next destination.
But if you decide to walk back again along Maxwell Road, stop at the junction of Tanjong Pagar Road (just across Maxwell Hawker Centre) just in front you will see The Jinrikisha Station (see Jinriksha in my Japan/Asakusa trip) is a historic building in Singapore, and is located in Tanjong Pagar in the Chinatown district within the Central Area, Singapore’s central business district. It used to be a station but now became a commercial building.
The moment you turn right to Craig Road, you will see this high rise building called Pinnacle@Duxton, a government housing facility with a view deck on it’s 50th floor. You can see the whole city from it’s view deck for 5SGD. But if you decide to continue walking along the roads of Chinatown, turn right to Duxton Road.