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Tourism and Colonial Heritage in Singapore

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The article explores the relationship between heritage and tourism in the context of colonial-built heritage in Singapore. Singapore's history as a British colony and its architectural legacy are briefly summarized, followed by an assessment of remaining colonial buildings and their contemporary use. The buildings are seen to serve a multiplicity of purposes and possess a variety of meanings, interpreted in particular ways by official agencies. Tourism has appropriated certain sites, providing one reason for conservation, but other influences are at work, including the employment of heritage by the state as a means of unifying the nation and asserting its authority.

Keywords: Conservation; Heritage; Key words: Colonial cities

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.

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