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Chijmes – a historic building complex located at Victoria Street in Singapore.

Chijmes is a historic building complex in Singapore.


• This building began its life as a Catholic convent known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) and convent quarters known as Caldwell House.
• The complex is located at Victoria Street in the Downtown Core.
• It is within the Central Area, Singapore’s central business district.
• This complex of convent buildings has a Gothic-style chapel.
• It was used as a Catholic convent for 132 years.
• Caldwell House was constructed in 1840–1841 and the chapel in 1904.
• The chapel is now a multi-purpose hall, is known as CHIJMES Hall.
• Caldwell House is now an art gallery.
• Both have been gazetted as national monuments.
• The complex has been restored for commercial purposes like dining, shopping, entertainment center, ethnic restaurants, shops, a function hall that provides a backdrop for musicals, recitals, theatrical performances and weddings.

Quick facts about Chijmes

• Area: Four acres (16,187 sq. meters)
• Restoration work started: 1991
• Completion Date: 1996
• Cost of Restoration: S$100 million
• Conservation Consultant: Mr Didier Reppelin
• Architectural Consultants: Ong & Ong Architects Pte Ltd

Conservation Awards

• 1997 Aseanta Awards for Excellence – Best Asean Conservation Effort
• 1997 URA Architectural Heritage Awards
• 5th SIA Architectural Design Awards 1998 – Conservation

Architecture of Chijmes

• The interior of CHIJMES Hall depicts the arched ceiling and stained glass windows.
• The Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus is distinctive for being an architecturally self-contained city block in Singapore.
• It contains groups of buildings of different styles and periods.
• This was done in order to maintain a diversity in aesthetics.
• They are formed around courtyards and other expansive spaces, landscaped and enclosed with walls which scale with its urban surroundings.
• The grand Anglo-French Gothic chapel was established with the support of the Catholic community in Singapore.
• It was designed by Father Nain, the chapel is one of the most elaborate places of worship ever built in Singapore.
• The chapel was completed in 1904 and consecrated the following year.
• A five-storey spire flanked by flying buttresses marks the entrance to the chapel.
• The 648 capitals on the columns of the chapel and its corridors each bear a unique impression of tropical flora and birds.
• A few of the 648 capitals on the columns of the Chapel and a spiral staircase along a corridor

Essential Information

OPENING HOURS : Daily 24 hrs
WEBSITE : http://www.chijmes.com.sg
ADMISSION FEE : Free admission
FEATURES : Free admission, Family friendly, AM, PM
GOOD FOR : Culture, Art, History, Food, Shopping, Entertainment

Events of Singapore

– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to Chijmes?

• Chijmes is just across the road from Singapore’s busiest MRT station, City Hall (exit A).
• It is surrounded by world renowned hotels and malls, including Suntec City.
• Chijmes’ prime location offers unparalleled convenience with spacious carparks and is a must visit for all visitors.
By MRT Station:
• City Hall MRT Station
• Bras Basah MRT Station
By Bus Services:
• 7, 14, 14A, 14e, 16, 36, 36A, 36B, 111, 128, 131, 162, 162M and 175

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs/Sites about Singapore – Chijmes

Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at virtualtourist.com
Blogs at travel-singapore-with-me.com
Blogs and reviews at chijmes.com.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Chijmes

Images at google.com
Images at streetdirectory.com
Images at chijmes.com.sg
Images at images of virtualtourist.com

Videos of Singapore – Chijmes

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