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An International Flower, For An International City

The orchid is commonly known by Singaporeans as our national flower - Vanda Miss Joaquim. While many countries have national flowers too, the orchid is more than a national flower in Singapore’s case. It is also a tool used in Singapore’s diplomatic relations. This essay explores this little-known aspect of our natural heritage.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Merlion: Stories Behind the National Icon

Regarded as the national emblem for tourism and one of Singapore’s most popular attractions, the Merlion statue at Merlion Park turns 50 this year. As we celebrate its golden jubilee, read on to learn more about the symbolism and lesser-known stories behind the beloved icon.

HortPark – Where Horticulture Meets Natural Heritage

Natural heritage can be found everywhere around us here in Singapore - even in our own backyards! This article explores how HortPark, as a one-stop gardening resource hub, advances gardening and green landscaping initiatives that remain valiant efforts at the green agenda and preserving Singapore’s natural heritage!

Iconic Trees in Singapore’s Civic District

Singapore is one of the world’s greenest cities today and there is no better place to start appreciating the beauty of our City in Nature than in our historic Civic District. Standing alongside distinctive and well-loved conserved buildings housing memories from yesterday are majestic trees that witnessed our city’s progress. All the iconic trees have their very own stories to tell. Learn more about their significance in Singapore’s precious past and our greening journey together.


Artist and photographer Ernest Goh, as part of his residency with Exactly Foundation, created a photography series which zooms into the epic scale of plastic pollution via extreme close-up images of microplastic fragments, some just 2mm in size.

Silent Streets: A Look at the Magpie Robin

The Oriental Magpie Robin is a beloved songbird once known as the “Straits Robin” by British bird-watchers. Cultural practices of bird-watching and other ways of appreciating birdsong are traced through the changing biodiversity of a rapidly urbanising Singapore.

The Old Admiralty House: Coexistence Of Sembawang’s Built Environment With Its Natural Landscape

As a historical monument residing up in Admiral hill, the structures of old Admiralty house is surrounded by luscious vegetation. The essay will explore the role of the old Admiralty house in not just preserving Sembawang’s heritage, but also in illustrating the relationship between built environment and the natural landscape.

Through Nature: A Bras Basah.Bugis Edition

This visual diary takes its readers on an adventure Through Nature around the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct. Join NAFA Arts Management students on a walkthrough as they document their observations and research of the many natural elements waiting to be discovered at Fort Canning, Raffles’ Garden, and Artisan’s Garden. Focusing on the topics of plants and archaeology in Natural Heritage, this essay will present a holistic overview of the prominent presence of natural heritage in the precinct’s history.

Time Flies at Jurong Bird Park

Singapore's pioneering wildlife park has soared across half a century! In this time, Jurong Bird Park became Asia's largest bird park, connecting millions of people to the colourful and fascinating avian world. It actively participated in protecting avian species over the decades, and today contributes as a global conservation leader.

Travel During the 1960s-90s: Around the World with Chan Brothers Travel

Since 1965, Chan Brothers Travel has been delivering guided tour packages and other travel services to travellers from Singapore. Tracing its history allows us to understand how brick-and-mortar tour agencies had shaped the experiences of Singaporean travellers and responded to changing travel trends during the 1960s-90s.