The Civic District
Home to some of Singapore’s most notable historic buildings, the Civic District stretches from Fort Canning to the Singapore River and the seafront beyond the Padang. It was demarcated in the Raffles Town Plan as an administrative zone for the colonial government in the 1820s. Since then, the area witnessed the proliferation of many neo-Classical colonial buildings such as the former Supreme Court, the Municipal building, the former Parliament House and the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. Today, many of these buildings are still standing, allowing the Civic District to become one of the districts with the most national monuments.
Take a trip back in time in this story map to learn more about the history of these iconic buildings.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the historic buildings and sites in the Civic District.
The title of the base map used in this story map is the New Singapore Street Map (1930s).
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), Kampong Glam: A Heritage Trail (2012), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).