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6334 0141. q City Hall. 2 2, 12, 32, 33, 51, 103, 124, 147, 166, 174, 190, 197, 851. # 9am–5pm Mon–Fri, 9am–12pm Sat. ¢ Sun 6 m ARMENIAN CHURCH of St Gregory the Illuminator was the first permanent place of Christian worship in Singapore. The church, which was built in 1835 (the spire was only added in 1850), was able to seat a congregation of only 50 people, which reflected the minority (although influential) status of the local Armenian community then. Designed by G D Coleman (who also designed several other landmarks of early Singapore such as St Andrew’s Cathedral (see p46), the church is a very elegant piece of tropical Neo-Classical architecture with four wide porticoes arranged around a perfectly circular woodbeamed chapel, rather like an overturned bowl.
Their main place of worship is the Central Sikh Temple, at the junction of Serangoon and Towner Roads. S INDU TEMPLES, H Hindu worshippers at Sri Veeramakaliamman temple (see p81) I N T R O D U C I N G 34 S I N G A P O R E Performing Arts NTIL RECENTLY, the performing arts in Singapore ran along ethnic lines: Chinese orchestras played to Chinese Singaporeans in community centres and Indian dance groups played to an Indian audience at religious festivals and within communities. Large, well-equipped theatres drew in mostly Western touring musicals, ballets, pop concerts and orchestras.
6332 7798. q Raffles Place, City Hall. 2 75, 540, 608. # noon–6pm Mon, 9am–6pm Tue–Sun, 9am–9pm Fri (Free adm. from 6pm). & 7 8 Japanese: 10:30am Tue–Fri, English: 11am, 2pm Tue–Fri, also at 3:30pm Sat–Sun. shtml over 1,600 artifacts, the museum is the biggest in Singapore and has 11 galleries and four ACE (Asian Civilisations Education) zones: South Asia, West Asia/Islam, Southeast Asia and China. It is housed in the Empress Place Building which was built in 1864–7. Back then, it was an emphatic statement of colonial might standing tall above tumbledown shacks and godowns.