Thus I have heard. Brief notes from the field.

  • Lynn Wong

Singapore's Historic Sites of Worship: Communities in a Changing City

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

Co-written by Chua Ai Lin, Lynn Wong, and Fauzy Ismail.

Places of worship are never simply places to practice one’s faith in—they are also social anchors for the communities around them.

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In 2017-2018, Singapore Heritage Society commissioned a research project, supported by the National Heritage Board, to investigate and strengthen strategies for heritage conservation / community engagement at 21 historic places of worship.

The was followed by a four-part walking workshop series in 2020 to commemorate the Singapore Bicentennial:

  • 29 Sept 2019: Between skyscrapers & MRT: Historic places of worship in Tg Pagar & Tg Malang

  • 27 Oct 2019: Life and soul: Historic places of worship in Telok Ayer

  • 24 Nov 2019: Continuity and succession: Historic places of worship in Cantonment & Bukit Pasoh

  • 29 Dec 2019: Culture and Memory: Historic places of worship in Ann Siang and Kreta Ayer