Since the 1990s, the Singapore government has turned the City-State into Southeast Asia’s capital city of the arts. A dozen festivals, 10 theatres and some 25 museums have transformed Singapore into a regional hub for artists and all creatives. On a rainy day, that helps keep a visitor busy!
If you are a history buff, head to the Singapore National Museum’s majestic structure. Singapore’s oldest museum was built in 1849, and was known as the Raffles Library and Museum. The current structure was inaugurated in 1887, and reflects Victoria’s Britain with its classical style.
The National Gallery Singapore is another not-to-be-missed art institution. Opened at the end of 2015, the NG is made of the merger of the former City Hall and former Supreme Court. With 19,000sqm of exhibition space, the gallery is home to the most outstanding collection of art of Southeast Asia with over 10,000 items starting from the early 19th century to contemporary times. The perfect place to discover Southeast Asian art movements. Late afternoon, go to the rooftop with its magnificent sunset over the historical city while having a drink on the terrace!
National Kitchen by Violet Oon Singapore
is located in the National Gallery. The restaurant serves typical Singaporean dishes and has won many awards. Best to reserve under violetoon.com.
> 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #02–01 National Gallery, Singapore
Privé at the Asian Civilisations Museum
is a casual all-day dining concept offering indoor and outdoor Asian or European style dining with views of the Singapore River. http://www.theprivegroup.com.sg
> 1 Empress Place, Singapore