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Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry is an internationally renowned business organization and the apex body of the Chinese business community in Singapore. The center is activeky involved in the trade and business activities of the Chinese community. This imposing eight-storey building is known for its unique architecture and historical significance. It reflects a unique combination of Western and Chinese architectural styles. When history, architecture and business meet, this is what we have! Check website for more details.
Exuding an air of Gothic elegance, this former convent's history dates back to 1890. It accommodates Singapore's oldest free-standing house (the Caldwell House), whose lawns, courtyards, sunken forecourt and water features make Chijmes a rustic version of London's Covent Garden. Marvel at the delicate wall murals, stained glass and plasterwork of the Gothic Chapel. Five and a half years of painstaking restoration has created a shoppers' and diners' paradise. A broad selection of unique art pieces, gifts and souvenirs are available at the specialty retail outlets, while the cafes and restaurants offer diverse cuisine in an aesthetically pleasing setting.
Peninsula Plaza is also known as Singapore's Little Burma. Built in 1980, this 30 floors building with its office spaces, retail section and food court caters to the Burmese community. This one-stop center for everything Myanmar offers shoppers to buy products from Burma at affordable rates, while their stalls and restaurants give a distinct flavor of the land. Definitely a nostalgic place for Burmese nationals and an ethnic spot for travelers.
World class architect I M Pei made a masterpiece of the grayish metallic Raffles City Shopping Complex, which offers four levels of shopping extravaganza underneath. The popular department store, Robinsons, extends over three levels and is responsible for drawing the crowds here. Elsewhere, numerous specialty shops offer watches, jewelery, electronics, optical goods and clothing at moderate prices. Famous brands like Ashworth, Claiborne Man, Esprit, Levi's and Marks & Spencer gratify those with a discerning taste in fashion. The basement houses a gourmet supermarket. It also offers the services of a concierge, who tends to the needs and inquiries of shoppers. Coming here is a great way to spend a day in Singapore.
The Coleman Street in Singapore is an old style quiet street, which is great to see some brilliant architectural marvels. Named after the first architect in Singapore, the renowned G. D. Coleman this street houses residential complex, which is the best thing to see here. Along the street are some posh hotel and restaurants, all of whom adhere to the standards of the street and have established their structures in the colonial 19th-century style.
The Central Fire Station is distinguished by a lively facade of exposed red bricks and white plaster bands and bright red garage doors opening into the street. Built between 1908 and 1909 to house the Singapore Fire Brigade, the building symbolizes Singapore's first step towards establishing modern fire-fighting facilities. Contained within the building are residential quarters for professional firemen, garages for motorized engines and a Jacobean central block with a striped watch tower serving as a platform to look out for fire. Two extensions to the building in the rear were later added in 1926 and 1954.
The Adelphi is the ultimate destination for buffs of audio visual entertainment. This mall is home to several stores that specialize in audio products ideal for setting up a home theater or sound system. Jaben features cutting-edge headphones and speakers with testing stations to sample before purchase, while P&G Photographic Centre is a secondhand store for cameras, lenses, repair services and other equipment.
Adjacent to the Supreme Court is the older, more elegant City Hall that houses government ministries. It is a national monument that was gazetted in the year 1992. Constructed in 1929, it is distinguished by the Corinthian colonnade and the huge flight of steps beneath. It witnessed the surrender of Japan to the British in 1945 and Lee Kuan Yew's declaration of Singapore's independence from Britain 14 years later. Lee returned here again in 1965 to declare Singapore a nation independent of Malaya. The Multimedia Gallery screens presentations on the Singapore Judiciary. A two-week notice is required if you are interested to see the rest of the interior. Admission is free.