8 December 2013

Blogmas Day 8 - A Walk Down Singapore's Armenian Street

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.  

Perenakan Museum
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 quaint shop houses located near the museum are splashed with vivid colors and look strikingly beautiful . Some of them house commercial businesses, cafes and book stores. Walking past and experiencing different hues is an experience in itself .

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.


What a colorful experience :) 

48 comments:

Paresh Kale said...

thanks for this vivid description and photos :-)

Sindhu Devi K said...

How beautiful lantern! And the the street doesn't look that old at all! Thanks for the wonderful captures! This another facet of Singapore is new to most of them like me, for sure!

Indrani said...

Facades are beautiful! Great virtual tour!

Annuk said...

Dear Pallavi, I loved these beautiful mansions and the atmosphere! Lovely post!
Love and hugs! :)

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

Just beautiful

Priya Raj said...

Hi pallavi, The Pictures are really Nice. Lovely Post. Great one infact. the pictures added a lot to it.

Stallion said...

Modern version of the lantern is really amazing! (y)

Julie Marie said...

Wow, it all looks just beautiful!... I hope you are enjoying this Season... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

TexWisGirl said...

really sweet looking area! the colorful buildings are unique.

anitaexplorer said...

Really nice, Pallavi! It was like taking a walk there :)

teny said...

I have only known the modern side of the city, and this is an interesting angle :) Or rather another world indeed :)

Deepa Prabhu said...

Beautiful :)

Down by the sea said...

How lovely to see the old side of Singaore. The buildings are beautiful and so colourful.
Sarah x

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful! The buildings remind me of ones I have seen on model railroad displays.I love that as my hubby was into the model railroading.

N Buckles said...

HI Pallavi, thank you for your wonderful post today. What a fun place to explore and take a walk...

Linda W. said...

I love all these colorful buildings!

jaish_vats said...

Have never been to Armenian Street. Lovely pics and the lanterns are awesome.

Eli Z said...

Loved the picture and style of those buildings:-) Wonderful post, Pallavi:-)

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Lovely colorful buildings, eye catching architecture & nice decorations. There is an Armenian Street in Chennai too :) Wonderful what is the history behind this name ?

Stewart M said...

I think I've walked in this part of Singapore - most of the rest is much more modern if I recall.

Nice.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pankti Mehta said...

The design of the house looks very Goan to me :)

My Unfinished Life said...

definitely this side of singapore i havent seen in TV shows or read in articles!!

http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

Pallavi said...

:-) thanks Paresh!

Pallavi said...

Thanks Sindhu :) yeah, they have managed to retain the charm of the bygone era with a modern touch. It's indeed a lovely experience to walk down this road .

Pallavi said...

thanks Indrani :)

Pallavi said...

Thanks dear Anna :) much love your way!

Pallavi said...

thanks Ali :)

Pallavi said...

thank you for your kind words Priya :)

Pallavi said...

It certainly is. thanks :)

Pallavi said...

thanks Julie dear :) yes we are enjoying the season.. It's tropical though but has its own charm :)

Pallavi said...

indeed Theresa. Thanks :)

Pallavi said...

Glad you liked it Anita :)

Pallavi said...

Yes truly Teny, it's another world :) do visit it whenever you come to Singapore :)

Pallavi said...

thanks Deepa :)

Pallavi said...

They certainly are and remind us of the bygone era. Thanks Sarah :)

Pallavi said...

Is it ? Wow, they must be beautiful and I am sure hold some wonderful memories for you :) Thank you dear Ruth :)

Gail Dixon said...

It really is a charming place. Thank you for sharing your part of the world! I'll probably never get to see it in person. Very beautiful.

Pallavi said...

Glad you enjoyed it Noriko . Thanks :)

Pallavi said...

They are beautiful arent they :)

Pallavi said...

Thanks Jaish. You should, if you are into heritage walks :)

Pallavi said...

Thank you dear Eli :)

Pallavi said...

Is there Ram? I never knew . Hope to visit it when i am in Chennai next :) Its named as such because of an Armenian Church located nearby.

Pallavi said...

Yes, Stewart, while most of Singapore is quite modern there are heritage pockets here and there :)

Pallavi said...

It does? Intermingling of cultures i guess :)

Pallavi said...

I love exploring these hidden parts :) Thanks for visiting :)

Pallavi said...

Likewise Gail :) I love visiting your part of the world and your pictures are just amazing! :)

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Yes I remembered - an Armenian church in Chennai too :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I so want to live there! What a beautiful place to walk.

Perenakan Museum is breath taking!!!