Singapore was colonised by the British and their architectural influence is evident throughout the city-state. Visiting Singapore? Check out some of the beautiful colonial architecture there and learn more about each building’s history.
This stunning monument is one of the more well-known structures from the colonial era due to its opulent exterior and link to various historical events. It has now been converted to house the National Gallery of Singapore but still maintains its majestic presence at the center of Old Singapore.
One of the few structures with a strong Gothic impression, this former cathedral is a fascinating figure set in the midst of a more modern urban landscape. It now houses restaurants, but the main cathedral is used for functions and has beautiful facades, stained glass windows and overwhelmingly arched ceilings. CHIJMES’ exterior has some other minor but fascinating features, including circular stairs and a large plaza, giving this building a serene yet stately appearance.
This spot is popular for its classic interior, the famous clocktower and the statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles that stands tall near the entrance. While some visitors pass by this building because they do not consider it an important landmark, it offers one of the best depictions of colonial architecture, particularly because there are not many other structures nearby. Despite its colonial style, the building also offers a Singaporean aesthetic, with tropical trees stylishly planted out front.
One of Singapore’s most iconic hotels and incidentally named after the British man who started the colonisation of Singapore, this hotel is also famous for being the place the Singapore Sling cocktail was created for. Its minimal design is accentuated by an overwhelming sense of grandeur that makes this a popular landmark; the hotel has been featured in literature and films worldwide. Be sure to call in advance if you want to stay here. According to Hotels.com, it is undergoing renovation until October 2018.
An important destination to check out with a large collection of artefacts pertaining to Singapore’s history, this building has expanded numerous times and features a modern interior that complements the classic architecture. The design will look familiar to most British tourists; like much colonial architecture, the building is modeled after structures you would see in Britain. Here, you can see clear influences from the Royal Albert Hall in London.