The Parliament House of Singapore is a public building and cultural landmark that houses the Parliament of Singapore. Tourist usually do not visit but rather just take passing pictures but still that is not so common. However, proceedings of Parliament are open to the public. The Public Entrance is located along Parliament Place. Parliament does not accept booking or reservation of seats. The dates of Parliament sittings are announced through the media and our website. The sittings commence at 1.30pm and continue until Parliament adjourns. Admission Orders are issued on a first-come-first-served basis at the Public Entrance Lobby. Visitors should bring along their identity card or passport to exchange for an Admission Order. Visitors are kindly requested to dress modestly and not to come in round-neck T-shirts, shorts, jeans or slippers.
it made learning so much easier and enjoyable. we were also brought into the gallery where the actual parliamentary sitting would always take place, on certain Mondays of the month. before that experience, i was oblivious to the fact that sittings are actually open to public which i think would be a great loss if Singaporeans are not even aware of.
about 2 years after the first visit, i got the opportunity to complete my internship programme there and was placed in the education and publicity department. hence a part of my training was to educate students who visited. the range is amazing, with different materials for different level of students - primary school students would normally get a a booklet with all the information needed in less detail but more pictures, etc
at the end of every tour, the students would be able to have a look around the souvenir shop which have a range of products. and this can be entered by the public, without going through the tour beforehand. even though this educational side is rather well known among schools, perhaps more could be done so that even the masses would be able to experience the same and know a little more.
This was the first impression I received when I stumbled across parliament house last year whilst out for a lunch break without realising what it actually was. Renowned as an Asian Tiger, it is quite a surprise then that the main government building where the direction of Singapore is being plotted is confined within a relatively modest abode.
However, the architecture is commendable. Designed by local architects from the former Public Works Department, it gives off an extremely stately vibe as one stands at the gate to admire it. Moreover, the feel of the building changes from different perspectives. Whilst on the ground it looks relatively modest, an aerial shot of it facing its front at an angle gives it an imposing, powerful feel, literally the feel of a control centre that is a major player in a 300 plus billion dollar economy.
Proceedings of Parliament are usually open to public. Sittings usually start at 1.30pm and visitors are to stay in till the session adjourns. Moreover, tours around Parliament House are also organised at times!
Worth a visit to see the action!
This is also the place where the discussions of certain national matters happen. While there is a lot of excitement on television, I'm sure the atmosphere within the Parliament house is also one of a kind. Maybe some day I will take time off to visit this place and soak in the majestic beauty of the place and atmosphere.
I was extremely lucky and privileged to have my eyes opened up when I participated in a Law Programme which included a tour to the Parliament House. We were brought around and what left the deepest impression still is the Parliament Chambers, Public Gallery and Education Gallery. We are separated from the minsters by a mere glass pane, which FYI, is NOT sound-proof.
I'm definitely planning a trip down to a proceeding to witness the action for myself!
However, the bright side was that we managed to have a glimpse into the government system and how they functioned, which was a good insight for teenagers. Other than that, it's just one big yawn.
I think it is also a good place for foreigners to visit, as it gives them an insight into how Singapore's parliament house looks like and they can compare them to their own back home. It would certainly be an interesting place to visit for certain people.
The Parliament Building is no different. I loved how the old building looked like, I know it's pretty subjective but perhaps what made me like it so much was the sense of history that it had. I spent much time photographing the building at various times of the day, night-time being the best.
I can't say that I feel the same way for the new building.
As I grew older, the nearby Boat Quay was a pivotal meeting point for my group of friends. And by night, the place stands like a pillar out of it's time, beautifully illuminated by it's various spotlights.
Overall there's nothing much to this place that you can't find online. Still, it's an interesting experience for schoolkids though, as it'll be good for them to learn about Singapore's law-making processes.
I think this place is more suitable for schools to organize visits for their students as an excursion or be part of their learning journeys. Please be sure to be properly attired as from what I know, people who are not in a proper dress code are not allowed to enter the Parliament House.
It is a very serious place and we could not really speak very loudly when entering the place where we observe the discussion. It is a new experience for me but I don't think I would want to visit there again, as there are too many rules to follow.