With its blend of traditional shophouses and trendy cafes, Tiong Bahru is high on tourists’ must-visit lists for its Instagrammable dishes and building-side murals. But it’s also a microcosm of Singapore history, particularly the last century, as well as a hub of heritage trails and hidden green spaces. StraitsJourneys expert Dr. Tai Wei Lim said […]Read More A Tasting Course of Singapore Architecture
Every major cosmopolitan city has its star art museum. And while the Louvre in Paris and the Met in New York have earned their international acclaim, their fame can make visiting these renowned galleries a crowded experience. Fortunately, there are a few places off the beaten track where you can view breathtaking masterpieces in relative […]Read More Overlooked Art Museums
The absurd splendor of Turkmenistan’s architecture hits you from the get-go with its airport. The main terminal in Ashgabat International is shaped like a soaring falcon and cost $2.3 billion USD to construct. This sparked some controversy as critics claimed the building was much larger than needed to handle the country’s relatively low traffic rates. […]Read More The Otherworldly Architecture of Turkmenistan
The end of Ramadan is fast approaching and there’s excitement in Singapore’s humid air. Hari Raya Puasa (also called Eid al-Fitr) is a holiday about generosity, charity and reflecting on one’s past actions. Since practicing Muslims conclude a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, it’s no surprise that food is also a huge component. Every year, a […]Read More The Multicultural Mosque
As the largest religious monument in the world, the architecture of Angkor Wat is unquestionably impressive from a distance. The central temple stands at 213 meters tall. The entire complex spans 162.6 hectares. The city is comprised of more stone than all of Egypt’s pyramids combined. But equally impressive are the details, both the physical […]Read More Zoom into Angkor Wat
Building a city is important work that takes time. Even with the latest technology to assemble buildings at Lego speed can’t change this. Cities, at least the best ones, need time to grow organically. Just like a pair of new sneakers, we need time to break into them, grow as we fit, and fit as we grow.Read More Rome was not built in a day
The bustling sea trade in the late 19th Century brought swarms of Chinese immigrants from Fujian province, China, in search of work. From short landing stages to dual purpose sheds for work and living, communities soon formed as fellow clansmen arrived, forming extensions along the jetty…Read More Clan Jetties: Floating Identities or Waterfront Heritage?
There was a time when drawing on walls was considered a city nuisance, and graffiti was another word for vandalism. Today, when managed well, some of these larger-than-life doodles on walls have evolved into a form of city storytelling – directing attention to the architecture around them, adding color and context – almost weaving a fabric of their own.
Travelers have gone far and wide to track down such wall murals, leading enterprising and knowledgable guides to provide experiences that take you on a deeper dive into the city’s culture and heritage as you hunt for murals.Read More A city’s history on its walls