11 Jun '11, 12pm

Preservation of Monuments Board launches tours on local monuments

Preservation of Monuments Board launches tours on local monuments

SINGAPORE: Did you know the watch tower of the Central Fire Station was once the tallest monument in Singapore when the station was completed in 1909? At 110 feet, it was also the ideal height for fire-fighters to dry their fire hoses. And just a stone's throw away is the MICA Building, which was formerly the Hill Street Police Station. It used to house 1,000 people, including policemen and their families. These are some nuggets of history that volunteer guides like 32-year-old Jill Wong uses to weave together a rich narrative about Singapore's national monuments. Most of these monuments are found in the civic district - one of the oldest parts of Singapore. Organised by the Preservation of Monuments Board, the tours are meant to give participants a flavour of the past lives these buildings led, decades before their current form. For Jill, Singapore's short history is just...

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