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HERITAGE BUILDING > CHIJMES
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GETTING HERE:
Located at the intersection of Bras Basah Road and Victoria Street. The nearest MRT station is EW13/NS25 City Hall. Disembark from this station, walk to your left along Stamford Road and turn right into Victoria Street. Alternatively, CityBuzz makes its stop here on route C3-#2 (CHIJMES).

DESCRIPTION:
At first glance, CHIJMES reminded me of something of Dutch origin (just like the peculiarly named Stadhuys in the Malaysian city of Malacca). Nonetheless, CHIJMES (pronounced "chimes") is actually an ex-convent girls' school and orphanage established in 1854. While its rhyme with "chime" is rather fortunate, as if to recollect the sound of chiming bell inside its towering cathedral, its name actually comes from the original Church of Holy Infant Jesus or CHIJ.

In 1983, after a renovation project worth SGD100 million, CHIJMES had been successfully converted into a swanky shopping and leisure establishment. There are restaurants, cafes and wine bars within its compound, the most worthwhile one is said to be Japanese Dining Sun, which provides an unforgettable Japanese culinary experience.

There are also occasional musicals, recitals and theatrical shows held at CHIJMES, although during my visit, the establishment seemed to be deserted due to the long holiday. Nonetheless, minus the crowd, CHIJMES provides one of Singapore's best photographic extravaganza of neo-Gothic architecture.

MY VERDICT:
Simply worth a visit. Great architecture.

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