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Armenian Street

May 30, 2014

The street reminds us of the once numerous Armenian community. Although there aren't many Armenians left, the street immortalizes their historical presence and so does a nearby Armenian Church.

This a street, not an ethnic neighbourhood (unlike Chinatown or Little India).
It is rather the name that bears the trace of Singapore's once flourishing Armenian population.

Building with pagoda top

Building with pagoda top. Not at all Armenian.

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Nowadays, a handful still live in "Lion City". The figure oscillates, and most of them are embassy employees, businessmen or others who came recently to Singapore.

There were around 100 Armenian families in Singapore in the 1880 (this was the peak figure scored by the local minority's community).

About one to two centuries ago, there was a strong presence Armenian presence in this part of Asia - particularly in the Malacca, Penang and Java areas. And, of course - here in Singapore as well.

Slowly through the years, the Singaporean Armenian minority's figures started diminishing.

Some further information about the Armenians of Singapore...

The Sarkies brothers - Martin, Arshak, Aviet and Tigran founded the Raffles Hotel in 1899 (the beautiful old building which still stands at 1 Beach Road).

The Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator is where the name of "Armenian Street" comes from.

It's a tiny white church with a pointed tower.

Otherwise, I purposely walked around if there are any signs in architecture - like residential areas that might remind us of the once numerous Armenian population.
But no, it's rather old Chinese architecture with a strong blend of European influence.


A beautiful sign on a building...

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Stamford House

The Stamford House dates back to 1901

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Fine architecture

Fine decorations. To me, this feels both European and Chinese.

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Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum (of the Peranakan Culture)

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