Arts and Heritage Walking Tour at Singapore's Armenian Street

Arts and Heritage Walking Tour at Singapore's Armenian Street


Posted 2014-08-30 by Lionelfollow

This sleepy street named after the nearby Armenian Church and not where such a community gathered, is the confluence of cultural history and experimental art in Singapore today. The former school buildings and conserved Art-Deco shophouses are now home to fringe communities. Take a walk along this spirited street and enjoy the many FREE places and activities centred around the arts, philately, religion and heritage.

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Start your walk just outside Armenian Street by peering into Singapore's history through stamps. The Singapore Philatelic Museum is where you can explore the world of stamps, many with unique backgrounds and connections to important events in time.

There are also special exhibitions from time to time ranging from Horses to the DC Super Heroes . Its FREE admission for locals and just a small entry fee for international visitors. Don't forget to send a postcard with the museum's iconic stamp.

Armenian Apostolic Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator

Make a stop at Singapore's first Christian church, built in 1836. Except for a few minor changes, the church has remained unchanged since the 1850s. It is the finest landmark of early Singapore and gazetted as a national monument since 1973. For over 165 years, the Church has bonded the Armenian community of Singapore and helped preserve its identity. You can also visit the tombstone of Agnes Joaquim, creator of Singapore's national flower.

36 and 38 Armenian Street

These 2 once dilapidated 1930s to 1950s Art Deco 4-storey shophouses were volunteered for conservation by the owners and have since been transformed. It is now home to offices, a private art gallery and a coffee boutique.

  • Soho Coffee - savour some artisan brews at Soho Coffee, which sources, selects, hand blends and roasts their own "curations".

  • Art Plural Gallery - Check out the solo and group exhibitions dedicated to Modern, Contemporary Art and Design.

  • Peek! - You can find all things camera and analogue photography here. This little store is dedicated to the finest collection of cameras including refurbished vintage cameras and toy cameras that come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

  • 7 KICKstart BREWiches

    Time for a quick lunch stop and this unconventionally named cafe just across the Peranakan Museum. It offers a comfy place for delicious cold-drip coffee and reasonably priced sandwiches.

    Peranakan Museum

    Step into the Peranakan Museum and get up close to one of the unique cultures of Singapore and Southeast Asia, which fuses ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian elements.

    You can view the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of Peranakan artefacts and also explore the history, traditions and culture of early settlers in the former Straits Settlements of Singapore, Malacca and Penang. The galleries and special exhibitions will keep you busy for hours. Its FREE admission for locals and just a small entry fee for international visitors.

    The Substation

    Singapore's first independent contemporary arts centre has been pushing the boundaries of art since 1990. Housed in a former substation built in 1926, The Substation is a champion of independent films, running programmes and screenings including the Singapore Short Film Awards. You can also chill out to the live music of local bands trying to be discovered and become the country's next big hit at Timbre @ The Substation.

    Le Bistrot Du Sommelier

    What better way to close a day of exploration and discovery of the arts and history at Armenian Street than with some bistronomy and wine discovery. Helmed by Patrick Heuberger, winner of the World Gourmet Series Awards' 'Best Chef of the Year', sit back, relax and enjoy some delicious French home-style cooking that's considered some of the best 'cuisine Fran├žaise' in Singapore.

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