2019 marks the 200th anniversary (or bicentennial) of the founding of modern-day Singapore. Modern day Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 as part of the British Empire. As is fitting for an anniversary of this scale and grandeur, many celebrations will be held to celebrate 200 years of modern history and visitors who come to the sunny island state in 2019 will have much to experience during this special anniversary.

 

These celebrations will kick off on January 28 2019 with a special launch ceremony and tourists can look forward to exhibitions held all over the island and covering the key museums like the Asian Civilisations Museum, the National Museum of Singapore and last but definitely not the least, the National Gallery. The 2019 version of i Light Marina Bay Festival (Singapore’s premier light festival) will be named: “i Light Singapore: Bridges of Time” and will cover the entire Marina Bay area and nearby Civic District and Singapore River. In August, there will be a Singapore Night Festival (covering the Bras Basah Area – where the Singapore Art Museum is)

 

There will be a special experiential showcase held at the Fort Canning Centre in Fort Canning Hill Park from June to September. This exhibition will commemorate the special stories of the early immigrant communities in Singapore and showcase how Singapore had come into being as a nation-state.

 

A historic trail will also be set up along Telok Ayer Street (one of Singapore’s oldest roads still in active use till this day). This street is a multi-cultural icon as it forms the intersection of the initial places of worship for early settlers in the island. These establishments include Nagore Dargah, Thian Hock Kheng Temple, and Al-Abrar Mosque and they are still in operation and venerated by devotees. These trails will allow tourists the chance to see a side of Singapore’s past that is often missed by many travellers who only visit the popular tourist attractions.

 

More interestingly, tourists will be able to experience augmented reality trails of the Singapore River (the location where Sir Stamford Raffles first landed in Singapore in 1819) and the Fort Canning Park. The celebrations in 2019 will also feature exhibitions that look at the time being modern-day Singapore was founded. These will allow Singaporeans and tourists the chance to travel back in time to 500 years before the founding of modern day Singapore, when Singapore was a small fishing village and was given the name “Singapura” by Sang Nila Utama, a Palembang prince who gave Singapore its original name in the year 1299.

 

The bicentennial marks a rare occasion for tourists to come to Singapore and experience the historic and cultural significance of the island. It also makes it a great opportunity for travellers to stay in one of the hotels that have become National Monuments like the Raffles Hotel and the Fullerton Hotel.

Fort Canning Hill Park

Address: River Valley Road, Singapore 179037

 

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Asian Civilisations Museum

Address: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

 

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National Museum of Singapore

Address: 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

National Gallery of Singapore

Address: 1 St Andrews Road, Singapore 178957

 

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Singapore Art Museum

Address: 8 Queen Street, Singapore 189555

The Fullerton Hotel

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178