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This historic building was designated as a National Monument on Feb. 14, 1992. It’s located adjacent to the historical Padang and next door to the Supreme Court of Singapore. It was designed by Gordans and Meadows (1926-1929), and is more British Colonial in style. It was called the Municipal Building until 1951, when Singapore was granted city status by King George VI. It’s most well-known as the nerve center during WWII when the Japanese occupied Singapore. In 1943, the leader of the Indian National Army petitioned the Japanese to allow India to be freed from British control, and there are numerous photos of British POWs being rounded up in front of the building on their way to Changi Prison. In 1945, Japanese General Itagaki surrendered to Lord Mountbatten in 1945 at the end of the war. Singapore became independent (from the Federation of Malaysia) in 1965, and it was here where the playing of the national anthem and the raising of the national flag occurred. The building underwent a significant upgrade in 1987 to allow it to house the numerous government offices; original courtrooms were thus transferred to the Supreme Court. Important meetings such as the IMF and World Bank meetings also occurred here over the years.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1151] (2036)
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