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Stories of Travel & Tourism: Articles & Resources by National Library Board

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Explore our rich travel and tourism heritage via resources provided by the National Library Board.


Explore our nation’s rich travel heritage via these resources provided by our friends at the National Library Board. Uncover fascinating facts about Changi Airport, and discover the forgotten murals of Paya Lebar Airport – you can also explore the interactive of story maps of Singapore’s historic districts!

Travel in Early Singapore

Did you know that Singapore used to be an early travellers’ hub during the late 19th and early 20th centuries? Find out more about travel in early Singapore through this sharing by librarian, Jessie Yak, as she explores the topic through the National Library’s Rare Materials and Donors’ collections. 

How Changi Airport Came To Be

In 2021, Singapore’s Changi Airport marked its 40th anniversary. Uncover fascinating facts behind the decision to build the airport and how it eventually took shape in this article by Rebecca Tan. Click here to read the article.


Paya Lebar Airport, 1960s. The airport only had a single runway. Seen on the tarmac is a plane belonging to the Malaysia-Singapore Airlines which existed from 1966 to 1972. The predecessor of Singapore Airlines. Courtesy of National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board.

The Forgotten Murals of Paya Lebar Airport

Three large murals used to grace the walls of Paya Lebar Airport, depicting scenes from Singapore and Malaysia. Dahlia Shamsuddin has the inside story of how they came to be. Click here to read the article.


View of the “Skyline of Singapore” mural by William P. Mundy and the concourse at Paya Lebar Airport, 1964. Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

Exploring Story Maps of Singapore’s Historic Districts

The Historic Districts of Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and Boat Quay are historically significant and culturally rich localities. Characterised by predominantly two- and three-storey shophouses ranging from the Early Shophouse Style to the Art Deco Shophouse Style, they are places where we can not only learn about our past, but also the different aspects of Singapore’s evolving landscape. Find out more about our Historic Districts through the Curiocity story maps here.

National Library Board

The National Library Board (NLB) manages a network of 27 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB promotes reading, learning and information literacy by providing a trusted, accessible and globally-connected library and information service through the National Library and a comprehensive network of Public Libraries.

Other fascinating stories & events…

Air Traffic Control - We Guide You Home

7, 14 May • 10:00am • Singapore Aviation Academy

7, 14 May • 01:00pm • Singapore Aviation Academy

Discover what it takes to be an Air Traffic Controller at one of the world’s busiest airports, and how the Singapore Aviation Academy plays a vital role in their training and development.

An Aviation Journey

8 May • 05:00pm

Join heritage enthusiast Jerome Lim as he traces Singapore aviation journey, share bits of trivia, and make a pit stop at Singapore’s first civil airport, Kallang Airport for a short virtual tour.

Blast To The Past

21 - 22 May • 09:00am

Located on a hill, at the intersection of nature and urban living, City Sprouts invites you to reignite the kampong spirit with your family and friends.