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SG URA: Preserving Singapore's past

Property Here - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Protecting Singapore’s culture and heritage is clearly an important part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Draft Master Plan.

More than 70 buildings will be added to the 7,100 in the city-state that are currently protected as part of the latest Draft Plan.

A total of 15 places of worship - Leong San See Temple; Ban Siew San Temple; Koon Seng Ting Temple; Tang Gah Beo Temple; Kew Lee Tong Temple, Sian Keng Tong Temple; Thekchen Choling Entrance Gate; Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple; Sri Manmatha Karuneshvarar Temple; Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple; Sri Krishnan Temple; Malabar Mosque; Masjid Wak Tanjong; Masjid Angullia Gatehouse; and St Matthew’s Church – will all be preserved under the Draft Master Plan.

Alexandra Hospital, the former Institute of Health and nine former warehouse buildings at Jiak Kim Street, Merbau Road, Robertson Quay, Caseen Street and Mohamed Sultan Road will also gain protected status, as will 34 former military buildings in parts of RAF at Seletar.

Queenstown Library and the former St Matthew’s Church Kindergarten also join the list.

In its statement announcing the Draft Master Plan, URA added that in recognition of their unique charm and appeal to the community, Holland Village, Jalan Kayu and Serangoon Garden will be designated as identity nodes.