With hubby away for a few days, I decided to spend the weekend exploring the heritage trails of Singapore. The clear and sunny weather was a blessing in disguise as I stepped out and made my way to Armenian street to see the Peranakan Museum.
While most people know the modern side of Singapore, not many are aware that there is a rich history behind it all. Armenian street is unlike any other part of the city and a walk down the street is like stepping back into time. Quaint and colorful shop houses on either side of the road look regal and showcase the bygone historical era.
The Peranakan museum is housed in a heritage building and showcases the world's finest collection of art and culture. Many years ago, travelers who came to southeast Asia for trade and commerce married local women and their descendants are known as Peranakans. Their culture includes ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian influences.
|The colorful Shophouses in Armenian Street|
All the shops in this lane have retained their cultural and historical charm. Beneath the green foliage, traditional lanterns swing in the summer breeze as the intricate doors of the shop houses give a regal appearance. I have always enjoyed experiencing history of a country and a walk down Armenian street transported me to another , more colorful world.
|Traditional Peranakan influences in the Shop houses|
I loved the pastels and the warm earthy tones of the shop houses. From light pink to vibrant blue, the colors sprung out on a warm summer's day. Traditional long windows opened to let the natural light in and give a unique character to the place.
While taking some pictures I came across this red and gold lantern . These colors are often used in the Chinese lanterns and this particular one looked like an antique piece. I love the way, Peranakan influences can be seen in the surroundings.
I enjoyed walking through the narrow pathways and admiring the vintage feel around me. The colorful lantern's looked vibrant against the warm hues on the wall. The stone pathways and the pots on the side felt whimsical as I was transported to the world of the Pernakans.