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Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble

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Victor Koo’s “5-cents worth” on this book:

Beginning 10 Aug 09 on every Monday and Thursday, we will publish one page of the book Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks:  A Philatelic Ramble on this blog.  This is a very colourful book, both literally and figuratively speaking. You see, the book is illustrated with many colourful images of our stamps. Each stamp is accompanied by a descriptive and interesting story. And this is the surprise – the stories are printed on pages of  a variety of colours!

This book was launched by Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of National Heritage Board, at Singapore Philatelic Museum on 2 April 2007.  If you are lucky, you may still be able to purchase a copy at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) and major bookshops at S$23.65 (includes GST). But if you couldn’t get your hands on a copy, don’t fret – the book will be published in its entirety on this blog eventually.  However you need to be patient as we will only finish publishing this 96-page book at the end of June 2010. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither are our monuments and landmarks… nor the writing (or publishing) of this book. 😉

Meanwhile, you can read the introduction to this book which is reproduced from the SPM website here:

“The Preservation of Monuments Board, Singapore Heritage Society and Singapore Philatelic Museum are proud to launch the book Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble. The book provides an insight into Singapore’s national monuments, historical landmarks of the past and present, through Singapore’s postage stamps and philatelic products. The book was launched by Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of National Heritage Board, at Singapore Philatelic Museum on 2 April 2007.

Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble aims to increase awareness and appreciation of Singapore’s monuments, landmarks and built heritage, that provide a vital link to Singapore’s past; many of Singapore’s landmarks are depicted on stamps. The book contains full-colour and enlarged images of the stamps with information about the significance of the landmarks, written in easy-to-read style. The book is a useful resource for adults, teachers, parents and primary school children keen to find out more about Singapore’s history, heritage and the environment.

Some of the landmarks featured in the book are British-styled colonial buildings such as The Istana, Supreme Court Building and City Hall; places of worship such as Sultan Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple and Armenian Church; historical areas and structures such as the Singapore River, Civic District, bridges, lighthouses and Japanese Occupation structures; modern landmarks such as Esplanade Theatres-on-the Bay and airports.

The book is a collaborative effort of three authors who have a wealth of experience in publishing books on topics of history and stamps: Professor Tan Wee Kiat, retired lecturer from the National Institute of Education; Mr Edmund W. K. Lim, teaching fellow at the National Institute of Education; and Dr Kevin Y.L. Tan, President of the Singapore Heritage Society.

Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble is co-published by the Preservation of Monuments Board, Singapore Heritage Society and Singapore Philatelic Museum. It is available for purchase by members of the public at SPM and major bookshops at S$23.65 (includes GST).”

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Written by victorkoo

10 August, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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