The Straits Times
Published on Jun 03, 2014

Vote for your favourite sacred Singaporean structures and sites


SINGAPORE - Which places in Singapore do you feel most connected to, and believe should be protected? Have your say by voting for your top three buildings and top three places from this list of 45 chosen by six architects and heritage experts. They believe these places should be conserved because of their role in telling the Singapore story.

Recently, Professor Kishore Mahbubani, the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, called for a list of sacred places as a way to foster love for the country. Quoting an American urban specialist, he described sacred as a unique place “that (makes) one feel an irrational commitment to a place”.

You can also share your own suggestions, either by filling in the "Other" option in the polls below, or by sending an e-mail to Your votes will help piece together a list of Singapore’s 10 most sacred structures and sites.

First up, vote for your top three buildings:

Next, vote for your top three places:

The list was put together after interviews with Singapore Heritage Society secretary and conservation architect Yeo Kang Shua, architects Chang Yong Ter, Lim Huck Chin and Tia Boon Sim; heritage enthusiast and blogger Jerome Lim and civic group founder Kwek Li Yong. Photo of block 53, Lor 5 Toa Payoh courtesy of Jerome Lim.