Art And Culture

Singapore National Gallery Charms Visitors

Singapore National Gallery Charms VisitorsSingapore National Gallery Charms Visitors

Singapore’s latest attraction is changing the country’s image from a shopping haven to a must-visit place for art enthusiasts.

With lines of high-end shops, as well as blocks of dime stores, Singapore is a recommended shopping destination for travelers in Southeast Asia.

However, little do people know that the country also has numerous eye-catching destinations for art enthusiasts.

Among them is the National Gallery Singapore - a newly built art venue located among the city-state’s government offices at 1 St. Andrews Rd., where visitors are not only able to enjoy a vast range of Southeast Asian artworks but also be involved in various workshops.

But, visitors may need a whole day to explore the gallery. Inaugurated in November last year, the 64,000-square-meter gallery displays 8,000 modern and contemporary artworks, from paintings to installations.

The gallery’s high-profile collections include wildlife-themed paintings by prominent Indonesian painter Raden Saleh.

The museum is open Sunday to Thursday and welcomes young visitors. Children can learn about art at the Keppel Center for Art Education, a space designed specifically for kids to develop their imagination and encourage independent learning, the reported.

“We initially planned to visit the museum for about two or three hours but we have been here for around five hours,” said Herman Jurgen, a German visitor who brought his wife and two children to the gallery.

“My children are really immersed in the workshop at the Keppel Center.”

The gallery also spoils visitors with its beautiful building, as well as the surrounding scenery.

Before becoming the National Gallery, the building was used as Singapore’s Supreme Court and City Hall, dating back to 1929. It has a mix of old and new architecture, which can be seen from its historical arched roofs and high ceilings as well as modern parquetry floors and colorful walls.

Going up several floors, visitors are also able to see Singapore’s famous sites, like the Esplanade Concert Hall, integrated resort and casino complex Marina Bay Sands and a giant Ferris wheel, popularly known as the Singapore Flyer, from afar.