Singapore Conference Hall 新加坡大会堂

This 43 years old Singapore Conference Hall is probably the first to be built in Shenton Way. Completed in 1965 at a cost of S$4miliion at that time! It was built to house the Singapore Conference Hall and the National Trade Union Congress. Now it’s the home to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra since 2001.

Credit : Ministry of Law, Chief Surveyor

This is really a multi-purpose building for conferences, performances, exhibitions. There was even a famous Chinese Restaurant in it and my Godfather usually brought us there for morning dim sum on Sunday. Do you know that the design of this Singapore Conference Hall was selected from a nation-wide Open Competition in 1961?

Below shows the scale model of the Singapore Conference Hall in 1962;

Still undergoing construction in 1964;

Credit : PICAS, National Archives of Singapore.

Credit : Ministry of Culture, The Straits Times (1966)

Below shows the guest at the opening of the Singapore Conference Hall in October 1965. Note the Malay word “Dewan Persidangan Singapura”, which means “Singapore Conference Hall”. “Persidangan” is “Conference” and “Dewan” is “Hall”. Though we have already gained independence from Malaysia at that time, this building still bear the National Language in the front of the building.

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

Now let’s take a look at the Shenton Way in the 50s-60s before the construction of the Singapore Conference Hall;

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This one below shows the Shenton Way after the completion of the Singapore Conference Hall;

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The aerial view of the Singapore Conference Hall in 2006;

Credit : Rafflescity


10 Responses to “Singapore Conference Hall 新加坡大会堂”

  1. 1 Icemoon Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    That’s a nice second shot, btw.

    I’m continually amazed how at you manage to get all those pictures from non heritage sources.

    Hope to pick up the skill someday.

  2. 2 Icemoon Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hey, thanks for the street map. Now I know what Peter meant by “A Guy Arab Mark 4 from STC travelling down Shenton Way towards the Singapore Polytechnic.” in his article. Your street map explains it very clearly.

  3. 3 Lam Chun See Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    When I was studying in Spore U Engg at the Prince Edward Campus, I used to pass by this place every day. I literally saw the sky scrapers of Shenton Way, including the UIC Building next door take shape.

  4. 4 laokokok Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Hi Icemoon,
    Those old photos can be picked up from those site selling old photos and postcards of Singapore. These are usually overseas site. The first Singapore Poly was built even earlier than the Singapore Conference Hall at the Prince Edward Rd.

  5. 5 Icemoon Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Interesting tidbit about SP.

    By the way, what’s the first tertiary institution to be built in the city area? Now we have SMU. Was SP the first?

  6. 6 Victor Koo Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    A very interesting post that has a bit of Peter Chan (here) and a bit of 2ndshot here.

  7. 7 Lam Chun See Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    My father was a unionist in the 60’s and we used to have some of his old photos taken at this place. But unfortunately, we have misplaced those photos.

  8. 8 laokokok Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Victor maybe I read too much of their posting and got influenced by them too haha.

    Chun See, so are you a unionist too?

  9. 9 py Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    This is a post that brings good memories. On a few occasions, I had performed at the Singapore Conference Hall. It’s interesting to know more about it. Actually, I find the design of the Singapore Conference Hall rather boring…. I like the Sydney Opera House better. 😉

  10. 10 laokokok Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Yes the design of the Conference Hall is rather boring but think we can’t expect much in the 60s. Thus I think the National Theatre is much more unique and worth conserving it…too bad it’s gone.

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