Meet Our Communities: The Armenians - 8 Nov
Price: S$75 / ticket
We bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of the Armenians of Singapore, who were among the earliest merchants and traders to arrive in Singapore after it became a British trading port in 1819.
Between 1820 and 2000, fewer than 700 Armenians ever lived in Singapore, forming one of the smallest minorities. Nevertheless, this close-knit community has left behind a legacy incommensurate with their numbers. Along with the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, there are many reminders of their presence including the Raffles Hotel, Stamford House, the Straits Times newspaper and Singapore’s national flower.
Come with us to explore the places, personalities and stories of this small but fascinating community. You will learn about the finest hoteliers in all of Southeast Asia, their connection with the Freemasons and the creator of our national flower.
We will visit the oldest church of Singapore, the Memorial Garden and stroll along the newly pedestrianised Armenian Street Park and have the opportunity to visit the newly curated Armenian Heritage Gallery, the first museum of its kind that explores the journey and achievements of the Armenian Communities in Asia from the early days of settlement through to the present day.
We will end our tour at the beautifully restored Raffles hotel. While you enjoy a cuppa, we will share with you the fascinating stories of this Grand Dame and of her legendary founders, the Sarkies brothers.