Singapore’s Parliament House is one of the most iconic complexes in the entirety of the country for within its walls, Members of Parliament debate upon the validity and constitutionality of bills, long before they are passed as binding law. With the Supreme Court and the premises of the Old Parliament House in its vicinity, Parliament House with its prism-shaped top stands proudly in the central business district of the country.
The need for a new building was first spoken of during a parliamentary debate in the 1980s and was brought about owing to a growing number of MPs being appointed. Numerous renovation projects failed in their endeavour to cater to the requirements of the modern day and age. A decade-long initiative finally concluded with the official unveiling of the new building on 4th October 1999 amidst a gathering of 500 MPs and invitees.
Constituting of three main sections; namely the Front Block, Public Block and Chamber Block, the complex was the result of the Public Works Department and further included an area that was once used to house the chambers of the Attorney General of Singapore. Parliament House is not solely limited to parliamentary debates but is also used as a place of visit for members of the general public wanting to learn about the premier institution in Singapore which holds discussions in relation to State functions.
Resembling features of classical architecture, the slate grey colour of the outer walls coupled with thick columns complements its coliseum-like appearance. However the premises has also been influenced by the latest trends in technology. An integrated congress system and electronic voting method are some of the additions which have taken shape. Additionally a moot parliament, auditorium, public cafeteria and various other features which draw reference to the Parliament House in Canberra have been included.
Should you be thinking of heading over to the country for a holiday, then a visit to the Parliament House is a must do. However it is advisable to choose hotels in Singapore such as Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Singapore which would be a great place to come home to. Bathed in all the modern day comforts imaginable, this abode which is one of the most sought after of Singapore hotels will leave you with pleasant memories of this thriving nation.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travelers across all walks of life.