Trailing the Yellow Line: Bras Basah

Trailing the Yellow Line: Bras Basah

June is upon us and it’s the season for holidays. However if you are broke and stuck in Singapore, there is no need to despair. Our tiny red dot still holds a host of exciting options for you and your loved ones to explore while on a shoestring budget.

First and foremost, you can start off by exploring the latest addition to our Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) family. The spanking new and efficient Circle Line has unearthed hidden gems which were previously out of the way. But since it is the first installation of our month long feature, we decided to start off with a location that is a little more familiar to all. Besides, a slow start is always the perfect way to get into the holiday mood.
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So, put on your comfortable walking shoes and leave your credit cards at home. This week, we kick things off by catering to the cultural traveller as we explore Bras Basah (CC2).Located in the heart of the city, Bras Basah is home to numerous local museums and book stores. Dubbed as the arts district of Singapore, it is easy to see why with majestic old conservation buildings alongside the beautiful modern city façade. Brace yourself for a wide variety of options which will cost you next to nothing!

1. National Museum of Singapore 


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Damage: $0*(Free museum entry for all Singaporeans and PR)

Immerse yourself in the interactive exhibitions that our nation’s oldest museum has to offer. Watch as our past comes alive and learn more about how Singapore came to be. Established in 1887, the museum also plays host to a wide range of activities such as a flea markets, public workshops and even outdoor movie screenings. Be sure to also check out the latest branch of the local social entrepreneurial eatery, Food for Thought to sample local flavours mixed with global influences!

2. Singapore Art Museum 


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Damage: $0* (Free museum entry for all Singaporeans and PR)

Housing the world largest collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art works, the Singapore Art Museum is the premier gateway to Southeast Asian contemporary art cultures and practices. Built in 1855, the main building used to be the grounds of the prestigious St Joseph’s Institution before being converted to the current museum. With their recently added 8Q extension, the museum is in line to be at the forefront of the avant garde art movement.

3. Peranakan Museum 


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Damage: $0*(Free museum entry for all Singaporeans and PR)

Occupying the old premises of the old Tao Nao Chinese School, the Peranakan museum offers a peek into the vibrant world of the Strait Chinese. Through the collection of rare Peranakan artifacts, the museum offers you the chance to touch, see, hear, smell and taste the different facets of Peranakan culture. Don’t forget to drop by True Blue Cuisine to get your hands on some mouth-watering cuisine if you are feeling peckish!

4. The Substation 


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Damage: *Varies depending on respective performances, courses and exhibitions

Established by the late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun, the Substation is a creative space for local artists to showcase their works. A hotbed of art exhibitions, courses and musical performances, this is one place to unwind and kick back with friends and soak up some artistic vibes. You can also check out Timbre, a local restaurant and bar which features some of the hottest musical acts around.

5. Bras Basah Complex


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Affectionately known as City of Books (Shu Cheng), Bras Basah Complex (Or BBC as we like to call it) is the one stop destination for books, music and art craft materials. This age old literary institution is also the favourite haunt for the nearby art school students. Hang around Bansheer Graphic Books and browse through the variety of graphic books and magazines to kill time with minimal spending. Plus, you can drop by Swee Lee Music if you feel like unleashing the rock star in you!

6. National Library 


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If you are still in need of more literary fix, then drop by our state-of-the-art National Library. Considered as Singapore’s Arts, Culture, Learning and Education hub, marvel at the two towering blocks of library books that houses public activities spaces such as the 615 seat theatre.

7. Fort Canning Park 


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Finally, you can end off the day like royalty by enjoying the tranquil greenery of Fort Canning Park. One of the most historic local landmarks, this hill was the seat of power for the ancient Malay Kings and British colonial government. Join the park’s guided tour and see ancient remains such as the Fort Gate and Keramat Iskandar Syah. When your stomach begins to growl, spread out a blanket and enjoy a packed picnic on the green.


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