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Since its opening, the Esplanade Theatres-on-the-Bay has attracted many world-class musicians and dancers to perform in Singapore.  The characteristic thorny appearance of the Theatre’s roof has earned it the nickname of ‘Durian’ among locals and taxi-drivers.  The pungent Durian, which has a spiky skin, is known locally as the King of Fruits.

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28 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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The Esplanade Theatres-on-the-Bay (“The Durian”)

If one travels down the mouth of the Singapore River, one will certainly see the Esplanade Theatres-on-the-Bay.  Sited on the reclaimed land off Marina Bay, this eye-catching landmark was opened on 12 October 2002.  It was designed by Michael Wilford & Partners (MWP) and DP Architects (DPA).

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24 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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In the 1970s, the Memorial Hall was renovated and transformed into a concert hall.  It was renamed Victoria Concert Hall and was the first home of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.  The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall were gazetted as National Monuments on 14 February 1992.

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21 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

This building is really in three parts: the theatre, the clock tower and the concert hall.  It was built in 1862 by John Bennett, the Municipal Engineer, as the Town Hall and stood in solitary magnificence till 1901 when the theatre was built in memory of Queen Victoria who passed away that year.

The theatre was designed by Regent Alfred John Bidwell.  At the same time it was being built, the Town Hall was renovated and renamed the Victoria Memorial Hall.

The iconic clock tower was added in 1906 and the architecture of the three buildings were harmonised and fused into its current form.

On 6 February 1919, to mark 100 years of Singapore’s founding by the British, the statue of Stamford Raffles by Thomas Woolner was moved from the Padang to the front of the memorial hall.

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17 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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PERFORMANCE VENUES

The Arts House

The present Arts House served as Parliament House from 1955 until the new Parliament complex was built in 2002.  Consequently, many older Singaporeans still refer to the Arts House building as the ‘Old Parliament House’.  It is located beside the Singapore River too.

Built in 1826-1827 by George Dromgold Coleman, this building in High Street has the distinction of being the oldest, surviving construction in Singapore.  At the entrance of the Arts House there is an elephant statue commemorating the visit of King Chulalongkorn of Siam to Singapore in 1871.  The building and its annex was declared a National Monument in 1992.

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14 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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Old Hill Street Police Station (MICA Building)

On the shores of the Singapore River, opposite Clarke Quay, there is a big building with multi-coloured windows.  This is the home of the Ministry of Communication, Information and the Arts (MICA).

Located at the junction of Hill Street and River Valley Road, the Hill Street Building was designed by the Public Works Department under Frank Dorrington Ward and completed in 1934.  Older Singaporeans will remember that the building housed the Hill Street Police Station for many years.  It was also the first home of the National Archives.

When this building was built in the 1930s, it was the largest government building in Singapore.  It was then considered a modern ‘skyscraper’.

Presently, the National Heritage Board, the National Arts Council and several private art galleries occupy this building that is adorned with 911 brightly-coloured windows.  The Hill Street building was gazetted as a National Monument on 18 December 1998.

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10 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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All stamps on this page issued in November 1999

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7 September, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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