Friday, March 23, 2012

Scaled Map and Historical monuments around boat quay

The Triangle mark marks the area of the historical monument.

The shophouses along the Singapore river :

Long long time ago, about when our grandparents where children, the Singapore river was filled with boats. Not those tour boats we have now but those boats for cargo. It is an important place for trade and it isn’t the scenic place it is now. There were no clubs there, no huge towering banks or bustling restaurants back then.

Sir Stamford raffles monument :

The landing site of Sir Stamford Raffles is now mark with the prominent man in white. A statue in white to be exact. It now stands opposite the Victorian hall and is a popular tourist attraction.

Old Parliament house : 

The Old Parliament House at Empress Place sits on the area that the Singapore Parliament used to be. Built to be a residence in 1827, it is the oldest building still standing and the oldest government building in Singapore. Unfortunately, due to alteration and others, not much remains of the original building. The house was design by G. D. Coleman as the home for a merchant from Scotland but in the end it was never used by the merchant. In the end it served as a courthouse after it has additions added to it.
  This was not the end of this building’s journey. Soon, it was bought over by the East India Company for a total of 15,600 spanish dollars. It was enlarged to house Recorder, Jurors and prisoners.
  Finally, the building was consider unsuitable for a Court of Justice. Most of it was due to the noise from nearby boatyards and blacksmith shops. It served as a storehouse for the government and as the new office of the Department of Social Welfare. After that is because semi-derelict. Renovations was made and it restore the building for use by the Legislative Assembly.
  In 1959, it became the Parliament House when the PAP rise into ruling power, until 1999 which it was close down. In the end, on 26 March 2004, it was converted into The Arts House, a popular venue for the performing and visual arts. The 15 million dollars saw that the building was converted into entertainment space and even a 75-seat film theatrette. For its unique transformation, it was prize in the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Architectural Heritage Awards 2004.

Artefacts (Asian Civilisations Museum)

The gallery that we chose to focus on in the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) was based on India.

The 3 artefacts that we chose to focus on was a watermaze game, block printing and coins.

First of all, the watermaze:

The watermaze was a game that was played in the olden times where gaming consoles, and mobile devices did not exist. This game is played by filling the maze with water and floating a marble out of the maze. Even a simple game like this could being a smile to anyone's face. :)

Then the area on block printing:

Block printing was invented as a labour saving way to decorate cloth. Artisians could repeat the same designs on a piece of cloth using the same designs. A series of coordinated blocks for different colours would create sophisticated designs. Sometimes part of block-printed cloth would also be embellished with painting or resist dyeing. The blocks would be carved out with the designs first, and then dipped in ink and stamped on the cloth to create a design. The link below will provide further information on how it is done.

Last but not least, the coins.

As clearly shown in the picture, these are handmade coins. Most, if not all the coins that we use in the world today are made by factories. However, these were one of the first coins that were created by mankind. Pretty cool huh?

Overall, the exhibit on India was very fascinating and we learnt a lot from it that day. 

E-Learning 2012: Integrated Humanities

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The first point at the Novotel building is a landmark as to where the narrowest part of the river is.
The second point is at Central, where we started our journey.
The third point is at the Sir Stamford Raffles statue where he first step foot on Singapore. It is a landmark as to where the widest part of the river is.
The last point is where the Asian Civilisation Musuem is located at.