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Top 5 Historical Monuments in Singapore – The other side of the tourist destination

Singapore is a hub of entertainment that has a lot to offer to its visitors, but not many travellers take the time to explore the historical side of Singapore. To know more about such attractions, read on.


Hong San See Temple

Located in Mohamed Sultan Road, this attraction is something you might pass often when you explore the city while staying at one of the local hotels. Constructed in the early 1900s; this temple was an idea of the migrants who settled in Singapore after they moved from Fuji. Known for being built for feng shui purposes, this temple on the hill used to look over the seas, back when the buildings did not cover the view. You can see a few Chinese elements in this temple's architecture too, like the roof that was made without the use of nails. Hong San See translates to the Temple on the Phoenix Hill.


House of Tan Yeok Nee

This colourful structure attracts any passerby with its yellow walls. The House of Tan Yeok Nee was constructed in the year 1882 and is now amidst the other luxury buildings and 5 star hotels in Orchard Road Singapore the likes of Grand Park Orchard. A wealthy businessman used to own this place and it us to be noted that this house is the last standing building of the 4 Grand Mansions that the millionaire tycoons built back in the 19th century. The other 3 buildings have been taken down for urban development and sadly, do not exist anymore.


The Old Ford factory

Built by the Ford Motor Works back in 1941, this building is popular as it is the first ever Ford assembly plant in all of Southeast Asia. As it could not meet the standards of automation right away, the building was used as a Japanese butai during the Japanese Occupation. Right after, Nissan bought the building and used it to assemble vehicles and military trucks for the Japanese force. At present, the old Ford Factory is a World War II gallery that exhibits many a thing from the time of the war.


Saint George's Church

This church was built on the grounds of a nutmeg plantation, to be used by the British Troops in the year 1910. After the Japanese Occupation, they used it as a place to dump all the ammunition in. Now, the Saint George's Church is a religious site and a place of worship for many people living in the locality.


Command House

Located in Kheam Hock Road, this might mansion was built in the early 1900s and used to be known by the name, Flagstaff House. The place was built to be used as the home of a senior military officer and is shaped like a butterfly which has its wings spread out on the sides of the body of the house. The mansion is now home to the UBS Business University and is open for a visit whenever the university is open too.

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