Do you remember the time when you were young and collecting stamps? I am sure we all share memories of this. It is no coincidence that this interest coincides with our heightened curiosity about everything around us. Unlike man-made things that keep us enthralled for hours on end, stamps are something special. They show us many things, from the faces of kings and queens to exotic ﬂora and ferns as well as memorable places, people and events. In Singapore’s Monuments & Landmarks: A Philatelic Ramble, you can see stamps depicting many important buildings around us — some of which you may have passed by, but have paid scant attention to.
This fascinating book presents the various stamps which feature Singapore landmarks of the past and present. It contains full-colored, enlarged prints of the stamps, as well as interesting information about the natural and man-made landmarks in Singapore. As you look through the colourful stamps, you will also recognise some of these historical buildings and read their background stories. Some show modern buildings which you may have already gone into for concerts or sport events. In due time these too, will become part of our modern history, and will be considered to be preserved monuments. As development of our city-state is ongoing, our environment will change but with the preservation of some of the important landmarks, they will serve as reminders of what they mean to us in our collective memories.
This beautiful work will appeal to the young and old. Discover our history, heritage and environment as you go on an enjoyable philatelic journey of our landmarks. Enjoy the colourful images on the stamps and their interesting stories. Happy reading!
About the authors: Tan Wee Kiat is a retired lecturer from the National Institute of Education. He is a stamp enthusiast and is dedicated to using philately as a tool to educate our young. He has written seven stamp-based books for Singaporean youngsters. Edmund WK Lim is a Teaching Fellow at the National Institute of Education. His research interests are wide and varied. His previous published work include a commemorative book on the Chased-el Synagogue. Kevin YL Tan is an independent legal and history scholar. He has written and edited numerous books on Singapore law, politics, and history. He is currently the President of the Singapore Heritage Society