Istana opens virtual doors to the public for National Day
SINGAPORE - Guests of the first virtual National Day Istana Open House were treated to little nuggets of history on one of Singapore's oldest heritage sites on Sunday (Aug 2), with a 'speaking' cheese plate as their host.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
This is no ordinary plate - the Government House property was believed to have been used in the 1930s and the 1950s, playing host, albeit a silent one then, to foreign dignitaries and guests. It is still serving the nation today, as one of the artefacts on display at the National Museum of Singapore.
President Halimah Yacob said in her opening comments during the virtual open house, which was hosted on Facebook and Instagram, that despite the coronavirus pandemic, it was important to allow Singaporeans the opportunity to visit the Istana even if they could not physically be on site, with activities for the public to learn more about the Istana grounds and its history.
As of 3pm on Sunday, her Facebook post on the open house had 20,000 views.The virtual open house also included a tour of the Istana's grounds, courtesy of The Straits Times, which introduced guests to lesser-known spots such as an air-raid shelter known as the"bunker". headtopics.com
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and the National Museum also hosted segments during the event.The ACM, which has been undergoing major transformations over the last decade, unveiled some of its new features like a gallery focused on ceramics.Mr Kennie Ting, director of the ACM, presented a virtual tour of the museum's jewellery gallery where he introduced some of its curated pieces, such as a Peranakan belt made of solid gold.
Meanwhile, the National Museum's Government House Cheese Plate interacted with President Halimah and around 150 beneficiaries of the President's Challenge and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, answering questions like who were some of the foreign guests who visited the heritage site when it was the residence of Sir Shenton Thomas, the last governor of the Straits Settlements.
The National Museum will be hosting virtual conferences titled Zoom Into History this week, leading up to National Day, where visitors can interact with museum artefacts from its permanent collection like the cheese plate, voiced by local actors and comedians.
The National Day Parade 2020 organising committee also shared details of this year's National Day celebrations during the open house, which will include a morning parade at the Padang and an evening show held at The Star Performing Arts Centre, and other events held in the heartland during the day. headtopics.com
It also introduced the Our Heart For Singapore project, which invites Singaporeans to share their reflections and aspirations for the nation.Rounding off the virtual open house, President Halimah encouraged Singaporeans to tune in to the different forms of National Day celebrations on Aug 9.
"Happy National Day, everyone! Let's stay united, let's do our best to make Singapore a better place for all of us," she said. Read more: The Straits Times »
Triad Trails: Former secret society members lead tour on Chinatown’s seedy past
SINGAPORE — Pointing to a row of shophouses along Pagoda Street leading up to Chinatown MRT Station, a heavily-tattooed man tells the group behind him that the shops used to be opium dens in the 19th century.
NPD 2020: Send your love to the nation with uniquely Singapore IG filters sponsored by SamsungFrom now to Aug 10, let your creativity flow and express your love for Singapore by taking part in NoteToSG contest by SPH X Samsung. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Mott 32, RISE, Black Tap and more MBS restaurants launch National Day menusLooking for dining options this National Day? Marina Bay Sands's signature restaurants are back in action with limited-time National Day offerings.
Hong Kong's top public prosecutor quits, says he was cut out of new national security casesHONG KONG: Hong Kong's head of public prosecutions quit this week, citing differences with the city's top legal official, and after being ...
Famous Chefs & Hawkers Offer Dishes From $10 Atop MBS On National Day Weekend
Tokyo confirms 292 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday: ReportTokyo confirmed 292 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, after cases rose by more than 400 in the past two days, public broadcaster NHK said.
NDP 2020 mobile column will reach more heartland areas; to pay tribute to frontline and essential workersSINGAPORE: The National Day Parade (NDP) mobile column this year will travel along five routes across Singapore to cover more heartland estates. ...