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Monday, November 2, 2009

Chinese Heritage Centre

This Chinese archway dated 1955 is a legacy of Nanyang University, a Chinese university that is now defunct. Funded by donations from the Chinese community, notably Mr Tan Lark Sye, chairman of the Singapore Hokkien Foundation, who donated $5 million, the university (commonly referred to as Nantah) started classes in 1956.

The university merged with then Singapore University to become the National University of Singapore in 1980. Since 1991, this is the site of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore's second university.

This is the Chinese Heritage Centre (12 Nanyang Drive), housed within the university's former administration building. It's a research centre for research scholars of overseas Chinese communities housing a library and two interesting exhibitions. One is the 'Chinese More Or Less' exhibition which explores through its exhibits the Chinese identity and what it means to be Chinese. The other is a pictorial exhibition tracing the 25 year history of the former Nantah. Admission is free.




A pavilion in Yunnan garden which sprawls in front of the centre.

That's my World

7 comments:

  1. Marvelous shots, Irene! Such a lovely city! Thanks for sharing a corner of your world!

    Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  2. interesting place, lovely photos!

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  3. Really nice and pretty buildings. Sad the university no longer is.

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  4. wonderful info and photos. i enjoy your past post too. thanks for sharing.

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  5. That's wonderful and a beautiful city to see through your post!

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  6. Awesome photos and always very interesting information about your place.

    BTW, I like your new layout. Cheers to that!

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  7. hi Japa

    Thank you for noticing new layout. I must confess, I'm feeling a bit off colour about blogging and so a new skin helps. a wee bit.

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Great to see you ~Irene