The Parliament House was completed in 1999 and hence a relatively new building.
All debates are open to the public. There are simultaneous translations into Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil which makes it uniquely Singapore.
This impressive building of the New Supreme Court was designed by a famous architect Lord Norman Foster.
It is ideally and symbolically located next to the Parliament House as well as near the Old Supreme Court.
The design of the building in layout and levels reflect the Singapore judiciary system. The modern circular top is representive to impartilality of justice like what the old dome symbolizes. The unique marble cladding allow external light to flood into the inside of the building.
The Parliament House is built in 1999 incorporating a restored colonial building. You cannot miss this orange colored roof building in a 2.2 hectare area.
Proceedings of the parliament is open to the public. You need to bring your passport and dress modestly, no T-shirt, to gain admission on a first come first serve basis.
For more details, check the website. Or just walkabout the outside with your camera at Parliament Place, near the Singapore River.
This is Singapore's white house. This is where world politicians meet and greet the Singaporean president and prime minister. Built as a nutmeg plantation and used to be the official residence of the representative to the British government- it is a secreative building. You cannot see it from Orchard Road.
This grand building is open to visitors only on public holidays. The next days for 2007 are:
Labor day holiday-May 1
Vesak day- May 31
Singapore National Day- August 9
Deepavali Holiday -8 November
Hari Raya Puasa- 13 October
Christmas Day-December 25
Please check ahead, since i am not 100% sure on dates. You need to bring ID with you. Everyone gets into the large park for free-but foriegners must pay a small fee to enter the building.
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The Parliament House is a public building and cultural landmark located in Singapore in the civic district, and is home to the Parliament of Singapore. It has had a varied history as a mansion, courthouse, and colonial government centre before taking on its current role. The new Singapore Parliament House was opened in 1999 and the old Parliament House sits back to back with the new building.
All Parliament sittings are open to the public at Parliament House. During sittings, simultaneous interpretations of the debates (in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) are provided.
The Malay Heritage Centre at the Istana Kampong Gelam is located in the old Sultan's palace, near Arab street. It's a beautiful white colonial building housing an interesting collection of Malay artifacts that represents a rich history. Unfortunately it is a small museum- i am sure they could have made this museum much larger if they had the space. But it does give you information about the rich Malay culture. Definately worth a visit.