Old Parliament House and the Elephant Statue

Old Parliament House of SingaporeDesigned and built by George Coleman as a colonial mansion in 1827, this is Singapore's oldest government building. It was the former home of Singapore's democratically-elected Parliament. Visitors to the stately building are greeted by a bronze elephant statue, a gift from King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1871.


Elephant Statue, SingaporeRenamed and re-launched The Arts House, the building combines the charm of colonial architecture, the intimacy of a home with cutting edge contemporary visual arts, music, dance, film, comedy and theatre by Singaporean and international artists. Walk down the Corridors of Time, an exhibition reliving the life and times of the House and its many famous personalities. Add the experience of modern Thai fine dining at Restaurant 1827 Thai or alfresco dining before a show and chill out at the wine bar upstairs and you are guaranteed days and nights to remember.

Guided Tours are conducted from Mondays to Fridays at 11 am and 3 pm and groups of minimum 20 people by appointment at other times. Each tour lasts 45 minutes and includes a short film screening and a drink. No admission charges apply. Tours at $8 per person. Visit http://www.theartshouse.com.sg/ for more information.

Singapore's Parliament has shifted to new premises at 1 Parliament Place, just a short walk away.

Location: Empress Place.

Getting There: Take the MRT to Raffles Place Station (EW14/NS26) and walk across Cavenagh Bridge.