Can Raffles Hotel become a World Heritage Site?

Singapore Botanic Gardens is the Republic's only entry on Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites. Some think the Raffles Hotel should also be on the list

The palm court at Raffles Hotel.
The palm court at Raffles Hotel. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
The grand lobby.
The grand lobby.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Switches at the hotel that date back to 1899.
Switches at the hotel that date back to 1899.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
The Tiffin Room at the grand lobby.
The Tiffin Room at the grand lobby.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI

Fifteen new elements of intangible cultural heritage were added to Unesco's list last week. And earlier this year, 29 places were added to the United Nations group's list of World Heritage Sites, making a total of 1,121 sites today.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society of Singapore, made it to the list in July 2015.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2019, with the headline 'Can Raffles Hotel become a World Heritage Site?'. Subscribe