Public Question Asked by Sin Mei Tan about Singapore
Art art and art
i booked ticked on next January (AA promo of course) We need your advise. We want to know about Singapore since no one who ever go there. where is the best place to visit. I am design student in Indonesian University, so i want to know about place that have connection with art or shop that have good stuff, like art museum, IKEA, etc. Oh yeah, where is the best place to stay. we dont have big udget and not safe to stay in geylang (we all girls) (^o^) hope you can reply
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Answered by Elizabeth Renee Lim , Singapore City, Singapore
A few suggestions if you'd be interested in going to other arty enclaves other than the National Arts Museum. :)
1) Artoholic : http://www.artoholic.sg/artoholic/home.html
2) Little Red Dots : http://www.little-red-dots.com/
3) The University's gallery : http://www.nus.edu.sg/museum/information_getting.htm
4) Telok Kurau Artists Studios
91 Lorong J, Telok Kurau
Tel: 63486133 (Contact: Anthony Chua Say Hua)
: studio-cum-art gallery housing a range of different artists' works.
5) Egg Three : http://eggthree.com. actually a shop, but has an eclectic array of items that you as design students will find interesting.
6) MICA Building : http://www.nationalartgallery.sg
7) Alliance Francaise : http://www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg/
Also, refer to this site !!! http://www.sagg.com.sg/page/
Answered by Melvin Sim , Singapore, Singapore
Hi from a Singaporean working in Jakarta!
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) are good places to start at. You may also try the Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM) as they have traditional art or cultural exhibits on as well.
There are also sculptures scattered around the city. Individual pieces can be found at Suntec City or along Orchard Road but you can find a few close to each other along the Singapore River (just walk from ACM to Boat Quay).
Also check out the underground connector at Citylink Mall towards the Esplanade. There are also some sculptures at the Esplanade that are worth checking out. Just around the area is Stamford House where there are some art galleries. There are also some at the Ministry of Communications and the Arts (MICA) (can't miss it as it has hundreds of colourful windows along the Singapore River; it is the old Central Police Station).
The good news is that all of the above are very close to each other; within walking distance. However, it might take you a day or two (or three) to see them all. Try a room in Chinatown. Hotel81 Chinatown or the Royal Peacock which are close and will cost about $130 per night.
Ikea is definitely a good place to get ideas (strangely enough). I took a few Indonesian friends just 2 weeks ago and they spent hours in there.
You might also want to browse around Bras Basah Complex for art supplies, esp Art Friend.
Art is where you find it. So just roam about the city and admire the buildings or head around the Sultan Mosque to visit some fabrics, spice, perfume and collectibles shops.
You may even try writing in to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or the LaSalle College of the Arts or even the School of the Arts to see if they have any exhibitions or recommendations.
Hotel sites such as wotif.com or asisrooms, etc will have listings of accommodations. If you want to avoid the seedier places, avoid anything less than S$80. The are fairly decent ones going between S$80 and S$140 per night such as Hotel81 or Fragrance Hotel, both along Selegie Road or in Chinatown (other branches may not be to your liking). You may also checkout the Hangout (search for it on Google) or look for hostels instead of hotels.
Whatever you do, you must indulge in the art of eating, shopping and having fun. It's the Singapore way. :)
Answered by Verg , Clementi, Singapore
A few places to visit re Art...The Spore Arts Museum or Nat'l museum. Shopping - Orchard Road is the Asian version of "Beverley Hills" but a tad tame. Depending on your budget, best to go to This Fashion (at various locations in SG, ie. Far East Plaza in Scotts Road or Chinatown and others) to shop for decent and up-to-date clothes:) Considering the current economic crisis, prices aren't bad.
IKEA a definite venue for cheap furniture.
To indulge in the serenity or beach life of SG, check out Sentosa which is adequate for man-made beach resort. Can't compare with Bali or other lovely beach resorts in Thailand etc.
check out www.easyroommate.com.sg for budget accommodation.
Hope the above helps...:)
Answered by Bashirul Mughni , Singapore City, Singapore
If you are looking for real art, then I have my doubt that you hardly get any in singapore. Anyways but you will get plenty of art suppllies here. The location are as follows:
1. Bras Brasa Complex(Beside National Library)
2. Art shop offosite to National library building(Bacl side)
3.Takasimaya 3rd Floor (Expensive)
Little India & Ferrer park (Cheap and close to City)
You can book your accomodation oline. So before you get here you can book it.
Answered by Dawn Ng , Singapore City, Singapore
For accommodation you can consider the "no-frills" hotel which is called Hang-out. Their website: www.hangouthotels.com
For places of visit, as you might be interested in art, you may want to consider visiting some museum such as the Singapore Art Museum at Bras Basah.
Answered by Christy , Punggol, Singapore
i think you'd enjoy going to haji lane in bugis area. there are many quaint shops that are well decorated. for design related news, do look up www.culturepush.com or www.farm.sg asyour trip draws closer. art shops are mostly congregated at bras basah complex and also littered at a few buildings surrounding the former. visit 'art friend' for supplies and 'basheer graphic books' for books and magazines. bras basah complex houses many other art supplies and book stores.
good luck, have fun!
Answered by Penny Chow , Jurong East, Singapore
I think Elizabeth has given you great suggestions on places in Singapore that has connection with art & design.
As for accommodation, if you do not mind staying in Hostels, you can check out hostels in Bugis like the Bugis backpackers, Waterloo hostel. Budget hotels will be Hotel81 which is a chain hotel, The Beach Hotel, Victoria Hotel which is beside the Singapore Management University and easily accessible to most parts of Bras Basah Complex, Bugis and Suntec. There is also a food centre within walking distance so no problem on dinning as well.
Answered by Shaun Lee , Singapore City, Singapore
Wow, it seems that "Geylang" is indeed a well known red light district by now. Hahas
Anyway, below are some of the places that have relations to the arts in Singapore:
-Esplanade (there's many art installations and art exhibitions in this artistic building.)
-Singapore Art Museum, SAM (
It is one of the first art museums with international standard museum facilities and programmes in Southeast Asia and joins a league of new generation museums around the world with well-executed exhibitions and meaningful community outreach programmes.)
-Victoria Street (you can take a walk around this area as there are many ARTS school around the area like Nayang Academic of Fine Arts and etc. You will also be able to see some sculptures and artistics exhibits around that area too.)
As for accomodation, you can try Hotel RE! For more information about the hotel, you can go to this link: