National day

So, What Is a Singaporean?

Ethnic harmony is an important part of Singapore's national identity, says Kishore Mahbubani.

what makes a national identity
singaporean national identity

National day

So, What Is a Singaporean?

Ethnic harmony is an important part of Singapore's national identity, says Kishore Mahbubani.

what makes a national identity
singaporean national identity

National day

So, What Is a Singaporean?

Ethnic harmony is an important part of Singapore's national identity, says Kishore Mahbubani.

what makes a national identity
singaporean national identity

national day

A History of The Padang

What's special about the field in front of the former City Hall building?

More than an NDP venue
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national day

A History of The Padang

What's special about the field in front of the former City Hall building?

More than an NDP venue
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national day

A History of The Padang

What's special about the field in front of the former City Hall building?

More than an NDP venue

war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
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war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
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war

Red Terror

The 1970s saw communist bombings, assassination plots and covert information wars.

Communist violence and subversion
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places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
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places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema
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places and buildings

Key Milestones in the History of Cathay Cinema

The closing of Cathay cinema at Handy Road, one of Singapore’s oldest cinemas, marks the end of an era.

a historic cinema

Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
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Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
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Food

Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Chinese Buddhist women set up popular vegetarian restaurants in the 1940s and '50s that met the needs of local Buddhists and also helped promote vegetarianism.

Changing the food landscape
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Hari Raya Haji

Haj Pilgrimage before the 20th Century

Before flights became common in the 1970s, Muslim pilgrims from Southeast Asia travelled to Mecca by land or sea, on voyages that took months or even years.

A journey of faith
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Hari Raya Haji

Haj Pilgrimage before the 20th Century

Before flights became common in the 1970s, Muslim pilgrims from Southeast Asia travelled to Mecca by land or sea, on voyages that took months or even years.

A journey of faith
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Hari Raya Haji

Haj Pilgrimage before the 20th Century

Before flights became common in the 1970s, Muslim pilgrims from Southeast Asia travelled to Mecca by land or sea, on voyages that took months or even years.

A journey of faith

Places

Subterranean Singapore

After Independence, serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Man-made Tunnels in Singapore
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Places

Subterranean Singapore

After Independence, serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Man-made Tunnels in Singapore
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Places

Subterranean Singapore

After Independence, serious efforts were made to use subterranean space.

Man-made Tunnels in Singapore
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war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
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war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII
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war

日本占领时期的新加坡华社

The National Library's collection has items from the Chinese community relating to the Japanese Occupation of Singapore.

Chinese community during WWII

local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
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local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
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local icons

A Great Way to Fly

Established in 1972, Singapore Airlines is known for its impeccable service standards and luxurious in-flight experiences.

The Singapore Airlines Story
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war

They Died for All Free Men

The Kranji War Cemetery and Singapore Memorial are a solemn tribute to those who died defending Singapore. 

Kranji War Cemetery
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war

They Died for All Free Men

The Kranji War Cemetery and Singapore Memorial are a solemn tribute to those who died defending Singapore. 

Kranji War Cemetery
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war

They Died for All Free Men

The Kranji War Cemetery and Singapore Memorial are a solemn tribute to those who died defending Singapore. 

Kranji War Cemetery

Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
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Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
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Places

A History of Sennett Estate

It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.

Sennett Estate
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Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries

Photography

Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore

Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.

Negotiating Boundaries

people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
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people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
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people

Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng

As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.

the Forensic Trail Blazer
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video: Stories from BiblioAsia

Hearts and Minds

A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?

watch the showdown
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video: Stories from BiblioAsia

Hearts and Minds

A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?

watch the showdown
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video: Stories from BiblioAsia

Hearts and Minds

A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?

watch the showdown

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

places

The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets

Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.

wet markets now and then
wet markets

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers
Cabaret dancers

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour
Cabaret dancers

Video: stories from biblioasia

Into the Night

Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?

Beneath the Glitz and Glamour

‎Biodiversity Day

Nature Conservation in Singapore

Balancing biodiversity conservation with urban development is a hot-button issue in land-scarce Singapore.

IS Singapore a City in Nature?
Nature Conservation Singapore

‎Biodiversity Day

Nature Conservation in Singapore

Balancing biodiversity conservation with urban development is a hot-button issue in land-scarce Singapore.

IS Singapore a City in Nature?
Nature Conservation Singapore

‎Biodiversity Day

Nature Conservation in Singapore

Balancing biodiversity conservation with urban development is a hot-button issue in land-scarce Singapore.

IS Singapore a City in Nature?
Nature Conservation Singapore

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet
Francis P. Ng
Francis P. Ng

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet
Francis P. Ng

Video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Poet and the Night Train

He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.

Singapore's forgotten poet

mother's day

Recipes for the Ideal Singaporean Female

From cooking, cleaning and becoming a good mother to outsourcing housework as women's careers took off. How have home economics lessons evolved?

home economics then and now
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mother's day

Recipes for the Ideal Singaporean Female

From cooking, cleaning and becoming a good mother to outsourcing housework as women's careers took off. How have home economics lessons evolved?

home economics then and now
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mother's day

Recipes for the Ideal Singaporean Female

From cooking, cleaning and becoming a good mother to outsourcing housework as women's careers took off. How have home economics lessons evolved?

home economics then and now
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video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree

How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?

a prison-to-riches story
 Kunnuck Mistree
 Kunnuck Mistree

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree

How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?

a prison-to-riches story
 Kunnuck Mistree

video: Stories from BiblioAsia

The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree

How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?

a prison-to-riches story

hari raya

A Qur’an Made in Singapore

This edition of the Qur’an in the National Library is one of the earliest extant copies to have been printed at Kampong Gelam in Singapore.

More on the 1869 Qur’an
Qur'an

hari raya

A Qur’an Made in Singapore

This edition of the Qur’an in the National Library is one of the earliest extant copies to have been printed at Kampong Gelam in Singapore.

More on the 1869 Qur’an
Qur'an

hari raya

A Qur’an Made in Singapore

This edition of the Qur’an in the National Library is one of the earliest extant copies to have been printed at Kampong Gelam in Singapore.

More on the 1869 Qur’an
Qur'an

People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire
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People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire
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People

Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee

The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.

Tan and his theatre empire

Places

Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital

The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

More on the KK hospital
Kandang Kerbau Hospital

Places

Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital

The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

More on the KK hospital
Kandang Kerbau Hospital

Places

Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital

The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.

More on the KK hospital
Kandang Kerbau Hospital

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

Singapore’s diplomatic efforts may take several forms, including naming orchid hybrids after foreign dignitaries.

Orchids for vips and more
Orchid Diplomacy
Orchid Diplomacy

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

Singapore’s diplomatic efforts may take several forms, including naming orchid hybrids after foreign dignitaries.

Orchids for vips and more
Orchid Diplomacy

nature

Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy

Singapore’s diplomatic efforts may take several forms, including naming orchid hybrids after foreign dignitaries.

Orchids for vips and more