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
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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

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

war

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising in Riau
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war

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising in Riau
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war

A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong

Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.

The 1820 Uprising in Riau

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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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

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
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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
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

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
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

‎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
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?

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
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

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

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
 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

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
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

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
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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
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

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
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