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'Open house' annual programme - shame there's not in SG

Postby JR8 » Fri, 17 Apr 2015 7:56 pm

I was just gritting my teeth regarding some cacophonous noise from a nearby cultural establishment (again), and ruing how much more tolerable it might be if I were ever allowed in for just 10 minutes to see what they do and why. Noise, occurring for a reason you understand, is often so much easier to bear.

I wonder why they don't have something like the 'Open House' programme* here? I've participated in London, it's free, and I know it exists in other countries. I've been in otherwise closed places, like inside Marble Arch in London (truly weird! :o :lol: ), inside private garden squares, and also inside architects own private homes, all opened just for one weekend a year. I have friends who have participated also, one visited an underground station in central London that has been closed since WW2, when it was used as a deep air-raid shelter. Apparently the place was untouched, under a 1" layer of dust, advertising posters from 1940 still up on the walls, a time-warp.

I sometimes get a feeling here that the cultures are somewhat... er, 'together apart'. When I visit the local town-centre there is a sign for the 'Racial Harmony Hub', so there seems to be acceptance something might benefit from improving. Wouldn't helping x-cultural insight and understanding contribute?

I'd find it fascinating to see first hand inside say both a Chinese and Indian temple, and learn something of the significance. But also so many other places. I suppose in a way it's like 'Tourism - Level 3+', you've already done stages 1 (the stop-over), and 2 (living here some time).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_House_London
The above link seems light on the historical and cultural aspects of it, IME...
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Re: 'Open house' annual programme - shame there's not in SG

Postby ecureilx » Fri, 17 Apr 2015 8:27 pm

JR8 wrote:I'd find it fascinating to see first hand inside say both a Chinese and Indian temple, and learn something of the significance.


Indian temples here are major tourist attractions.. anybody is welcome as long as you take off your shoes

Chinese temples, I been inside them during invited functions

By the way you can learn about Qing Ming if you step into the Bishan Lane columborium..


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