Ranked 149 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Time Required: 1 - 1.5 hours
Old Parliament House was built in 1827 and is perhaps, the oldest building in Singapore. The structure was formerly used as the Parliament of Singapore from 1965 to 1999, and it is the earliest government building in Singapore. The Old Parliament House was designed in the Victorian Revivalism style of architecture as a Neo-Palladian mansion and as such, has magnificent arches and stunning corridors. The front porch and the Palladian style windows are strikingly beautiful as well. The building was gazetted as a National Monument in 1992. The Art House within the Old Parliament House was established in 2007, after extensive renovations. The building underwent many phases of restoration, preserving its original design and furnishings. Today, Art House hosts an array of art of photography exhibitions and serves as a multidisciplinary arts venue.
Visitors at the Old Parliament House can opt for a general tour of the area which is free. There are several historic chambers and information panels which outline the history of the building and its journey to being the seat of the Parliament. Sitting in the chair of Lee Kuan Yew, the then Prime Minister of Singapore, is a favourite activity among visitors. Tourists also have the option of viewing the numerous exhibitions that are held in the Art House. These displays are very unique and interesting, although visitors may have to pay an additional fee to attend them. The Old Parliament House is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone who is interested in the heritage of Singapore.
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