A country’s constant: Five landmarks

A walk down Singapore history

Padang.
Padang.ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Telok Blangah.
Telok Blangah.ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Bugis.
Bugis.ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Tanjong Malang.
Tanjong Malang.ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
Fort Canning.
Fort Canning.ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Singapore celebrates 54 years of independence this week, and this year's festivities also mark the Bicentennial and before. Insight looks at five historic landmarks and four themes that Singapore today has in common with the kingdom Sang Nila Utama founded 700 years ago and the settlement Stamford Raffles established 200 years ago.

The Padang as it is today - a swathe of green in front of the National Gallery - dates back to the early 1820s. The British carved out the space by flattening the land there.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced its gazetting as a national monument alongside three historic bridges along the Singapore River, as part of efforts to commemorate the Bicentennial.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 04, 2019, with the headline 'A walk down S'pore history'. Print Edition | Subscribe