Treasures of Singapore: Highlights from new book on national monuments

(Clockwise from top left) Lau Pa Sat, Sultan Mosque, Family Justice Courts and Central Fire Station.
(Clockwise from top left) Lau Pa Sat, Sultan Mosque, Family Justice Courts and Central Fire Station. PHOTOS: ST FILE, NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD

A new book - Monumental Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Icons - features 72 national monuments and shares the vision behind their designs and vignettes from the communities which inspired their creation. Heritage and community correspondent Melody Zaccheus, the book's editor, highlights a selection from the treasure trove.

According to heritage conservation expert Johannes Widodo, the Kampong Glam compound was laid out based on Hindu and Buddhist mandala symbol principles.

Sultan Mosque and the royal graveyard in Jalan Kubor functioned as its crown, the Istana Kampong Glam palace was its body, while a market town and old settlement stood as its feet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Treasures of Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe