A tangible space that means so much in many intangible ways

We talk about which old building, old monument should be preserved as part of our national heritage - but sometimes we must look at what is not there… no structure, just a space.

Can you imagine building flats where the Padang stands? The Padang is empty space, yes, but unarguably the nucleus of all Singapore history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'A tangible space that means so much in many intangible ways'. Print Edition | Subscribe