Looking at Heritage Buildings in Singapore Book Review and Giveaway!

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Looking at Heritage Buildings Book Cover

Photo Credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority

Singapore is celebrating its Golden Jubilee, SG50 this year and it is a good opportunity to know and understand more about Singapore’s heritage. 

“Looking at Heritage Buildings” is a picture book produced by John Koh with the support of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) which introduces readers especially the younger generations to Singapore’s built heritage in a colourful and light-hearted way.

Looking at Heritage Buildings

Photo Credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority

Here’s a peek inside the book, it gives a bird’s eye view of 75 buildings that are marked for conversation through its guide, Billie, an Oriental Pied Hornbill.

Through Billie, we can see 75 buildings organised in five different groups according to their location in the book. The five groups are:

1) Alexandra

2) Queenstown

3) Along the River

4) Serangoon

5) Seletar and Moulmein 

Even though Singapore is a modern city filled with new buildings and skyscrapers. There are actually old buildings in Singapore that are beautiful and rich in history. These buildings formed part of our heritage and are conserved by Urban Redevelopment Authority so that these buildings will still be around for our younger generations and into the future. 

The book gives us a better understanding of the 75 heritage buildings that are being conserved with colourful photographs followed by Billie’s nugget of information that tells us more about the history and highlights of the building’s unique architectural features. You can even use the book as a guide to take the opportunity to embark on a walking trail with your family and friends to look and admire the heritage buildings featured in the book. 

The buildings include warehouses along the Singapore River, Istana, Queenstown Public Library, Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market, Royal Air Force air base at Seletar and many more.

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Photo Credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority (DBS Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre housed in a heritage building)

“Looking at Heritage Buildings” is a valuable and meaningful book that will give us an insight to the heritage buildings in Singapore. We are able to appreciate the buildings and understand the history behind each of the buildings. It is available in hard copy and ebook format. The book consists of 26 pages, hard copies are available at the Singapore City Gallery and public libraries. The e-book can also be downloaded at this LINK

Goodnews! Urban Redevelopment Authority has kindly sponsored 10 copies of “Looking at Heritage Buildings” to our readers. 

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

1) Like Our Parenting World Facebook (<— Please click the link provided to go directly into Facebook)

2) Comment on this website post “Name one of the five groups featured in the book” 

Giveaway will close on 20 August 2015 at 23:59Hr.

Please ensure that Step 1 and 2 are completed in order to qualify for the giveaway.

This giveaway is proudly sponsored by Urban Redevelopment Authority. 

Thank you and Good Luck!

{Winners Announcement and Giveaway Closed} – Update on 21 August 2015

Dear Valued Friends and Readers,  

Thank you so much for your participation in the giveaway!

Drumroll … the lucky winners have been randomly chosen. We are pleased to announce the following 10 lucky winners:

1) Esther Guo

2) Lim Li Ling

3) Tan Sue Qing

4) Zhang Yi Pin

5) Jack Huang

6) Shirley Lee

7) Catherine Lim

8) Guo Ai Yuen

9) Su Tan

10) Chris Lim

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3) Winners of past giveaways in the last one month will not qualify for this giveaway, please wait till after one month from the date that you have won to participate in the current giveaways. 

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  1. 1. Done
    2. Queenstown, this is where I am staying 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway, would like to have a copy of this book!

  2. Quek Chin Kee on


    It is a good book to understand more about the beautiful heritage buildings in Singapore.

  3. Done and answer is Serangoon. I wish to get the book to know more about the heritage buildings in Singapore.

  4. 1) Done
    2) Serangoon

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway and I hope to win this book for my children.

  5. 1. I have completed the entry
    2. One of the group is Alexandra

    Thank You for the Giveaways