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St Andrew's Cathedral

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Timings : Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Complimentary Guided Tours of the Cathedral:
Monday to Saturday: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
(Except Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons).

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore Overview

St Andrew's Cathedral is the largest and oldest Anglican cathedral and a Neo-Gothic architectural landmark standing magnificently in the Civic District of Singapore. With its white-stone walls, sky rising spire, lancet-shaped windows, intricate embellishments, and colourfully stained glass windows, St. Andrew's Cathedral is an awe-inspiring beauty. The stained-glass windows are dedicated to three gentlemen who played significant roles in Singaporean history - John Crawford, William Butterworth, and Stamford Raffles.

Originally erected in the 1830s, the cathedral was closed and then demolished after it suffered two lightning strikes. It was then restored in 1856 and converted into a National Monument in 1973. St Andrew's Cathedral houses several symbolic objects that represent a fragment of the Anglican Church history in Singapore. While in the cathedral premises, guests are recommended to stop by the Visitor's Centre to know about the story of these symbolic objects, as well as other aspects of its history. The Visitor's Centre also houses several interesting artefacts.

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Guided Tour of St Andrew's Cathedral

The cathedral organizes 45 minute long guided tours in English on a private basis for visitors to be able to explore and understand the place better. Cathedral volunteer guides are in charge of conducting these tours, which are absolutely free. On special request, even Mandarin-speaking guides can be arranged for the group. 

The timings for these tours are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:30 AM and 03:00 PM
Thursday: 03:00 PM
Saturday: Only by appointment and minimum group size needed is 10
No tours are conducted on Sunday and on public holidays. 

Important must-know points about the guided tours:
  • Make sure to pre-book the tours well in advance (2 weeks prior is recommended). Since there is weekday and weekend service at the church, pre-booking will help ensure the availability of the Nave for the visit. 
  • Saturday tours are only by appointment. Time slots may not always be available on Saturday, and thus you need to confirm the same. 
  • Minimum group size needed for a tour is 10 people. 
  • The tours are completely free of cost, and also include entry to the main worship hall, and to restricted areas such as the Nativity Chapel & East Windows.
  • Self-guided groups and tours are also allowed with permission from the authorities and confirm booking for the same.

Cathedral Choir

The St Andrew's Cathedral Choir is the oldest musical institution in Singapore. The choir sessions take place at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM at the Church services on Sunday mornings. Two choirs of approximately 45 musicians and singers provide music in contemporary and traditional styles. Grand piano, guitars & flutes offer a more contemporary accompaniment for choir and assembly singing at the 9:30 mass, while the more conventional sound of their glorious Organ and choir soars from the choir loft at the 11:00 mass. The choir director is Mr Lim Chin Kai.

Architecture of St Andrew's Cathedral

One of the few surviving examples of English Neo-Gothic style of architecture in Singapore, St. Andrew's Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece. The structure is 68.58 m long and 35.5 m wide. The building features Madras chunam plaster, a mixture made from shell lime without sand, egg white, coarse sugar or jaggery, and water in which coconut husks had been added later. After drying, the plastered walls and columns were polished with rock crystal or rounded stones and dusted with fine soapstone powder, giving the building its smooth and glossy surface.

A half-tonne bell was donated by Maria Balestier, wife of the then American Consul, Joseph Balestier in 1843. The bell was replaced by a new peal of bells in 1889. The old bell has now been shifted to the National Museum of Singapore. A carriage porch is located under the steeple, offering visitors shelter from the heat of Singapore. In the sanctuary stands a high altar with an altarpiece depicting the Nativity of Jesus. There are three magnificent multi-coloured stained-glass windows which bear pictures of three important people in the history of Singapore: John Crawford, second Resident of Singapore; Sir Stamford Raffles, who established Singapore as a British trading port; and Major-General William J. Butterworth, Governor of the Straits Settlements between 1843 and 1855.

Tablets commemorating the victims of the 1915 Sepoy Mutiny in Singapore are present on the north wall, and on one of the pillars on the left aisle. The War Memorial Wing is dedicated to servicemen who died in World War II. It was inaugurated in 1952 by General Sir Gerald Templer, High Commissioner to Malaya, accompanied by Malcolm MacDonald, Commissioner General in Southeast Asia. The wing also has a plaque listing the names of fallen Malayan Civil Service (MCS) members.

How to Reach St Andrew's Cathedral in Singapore

Located between the St. Andrew’s Road and North Bridge Road, St. Andrew’s Cathedral is situated right next to the City Hall MRT and is fairly easy to reach to.

Bus: One can easily board a bus to reach the church (bus lines 10, 124, 166, 197 and 61 halt next to the church). However, note that bus coaches will not be allowed inside the church premises, and they will drop you off at the gate on St Andrew’s Road, which faces the Singapore Cricket Club, and is next to The National Gallery.  

Car: Alternatively, one can drive to the church. Unfortunately, there are limited parking facilities available at the Cathedral, and the parking charges applicable are as follows:
Monday to Saturday: 6:00 AM - 06:00 PM: SGD 2.80 for the first hour or a part thereof; SGD 1.40 for every subsequent half hour or part thereof
6:00 PM onwards: SGD 3.00 per entry
Sunday: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM: SGD 2.80 for the first hour or a part thereof; SGD 1.40 for every subsequent half hour or part thereof
5:00 PM onwards: SGD 3.00 per entry

Due to the limited parking space, most visitors prefer to park their vehicles in the surrounding car parks. These include the following:
The Adelphi: SGD 3.21 per entry
Capitol Piazza: SGD 2 for first 2 hours
Raffles City: SGD 2.2 for first 2 hours
National Gallery: SGD 1.30 per half hour

Tips

  • A religious person or not, do sit through the Sunday church services and listen to the beautiful choir of St. Andrew's Cathedral, which is the oldest musical institution in Singapore.
  • Services in the church are offered on Sunday at different times and in different languages. Generally, those that are held in the Nave are liturgical, while those that are held at the New Sanctuary are more informal and contemporary. Thus, it is a good idea to check the details beforehand, so that you can attend the service that you wish to.
  • Light refreshments are served after most of the services. Make sure that you stay back for them, since it is a great opportunity to meet the clergy and the pastors, and to make some new friends.
  • The church premises are handicap friendly, and thus are accessible for all.
  • Eating and drinking are strictly prohibited inside the Nave, which is the Main Worship Hall. Silence must be observed at all time and phones should be on silent mode.
  • The dress code to be followed is smart casuals and proper footwear inside the church.
  • The Cathedral Café is a part of the premises, and is open on all days of the week from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM. The cafe serves some delicious hot foods, ice creams, and beverages including coffees, teas, and cold drinks. It is open for everyone, including those who do not want to eat something. Additionally, free WiFi is available at the café.

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