via The Straits Times, 09 March 2023: The listing of the Padang and its surrounding buildings into the tentative list is the first step into eventual nomination as Unesco World Heritage. I hope that the listing also takes into consideration the pre-colonial period, since most of Singapore’s precolonial archaeological finds are found in the immediate vicinity.
The Padang Civic Ensemble – comprising the historical green, open space and its surrounding civic buildings – has been placed on Singapore’s tentative list of Unesco World Heritage Sites, paving the way for it to be nominated as the country’s second World Heritage Site after the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The National Heritage Board (NHB) on Thursday said the ensemble is most likely to fulfil one of 10 criteria for World Heritage Sites, as an “outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape” that illustrates a significant stage, or stages, in human history.
The Padang Civic Ensemble is “an outstanding example of a British colonial civic square in the tropics”, NHB said in a statement.
Source: Padang, surrounding buildings potential candidate for Singapore’s 2nd Unesco World Heritage Site | The Straits Times
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