You Won’t Believe What We Saw In This Shophouse

It is Singapore’s golden jubilee and even Google’s joining in the fun the only way it knows how, with some help from technology of course

In celebration of Singapore 50 th birthday celebrations, Google has announced the opening of its interactive pop-up display called the Google Shophouse.

Get ready to experience Singapore’s progress from our early years to the hustling metropolitan city we are known for with the help of some augmented reality. The materials gathered for Google’s Shophouse project was a result of working closely with The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), National Heritage Board (NHB), Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

At the Google Shophouse, you will find a total of 5 interactive booths. They are Doodle 4 Google Gallery, Singapore Time Walk, Cultural Institute Initiatives, Google Maps and Coding Camps. The Doodle 4 Google is a competition that encourages Singaporean youth to imagine Singapore in the next 50 years. The gallery showcases all 25 finalists’ artwork. The winning doodle will be featured on Google’s Singapore homepage for 24 hours on this year’s National Day, 9 August.

Singapore Time Walk is a mobile application that allows the user to find out more about the landmarks in Singapore. Information about the landmark and its history comes alive with time lapse animation of the particular landmark.

The third booth Cultural Institute Initiatives is in collaboration with the NHB, SAM and URA showcases an exhibit of Great Peranakans that have impacted the growth and development of Singapore. Visitors will get to learn more about Singapore’s rich and diverse heritage at this booth.

In keeping up with the celebrations, Google Map will make their mark with over 40 new Street View locations on Google Maps. You could virtually take a walk at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fullerton Hotel or even Merlion Plaza – Without leaving the comfort of your home.

Last but not least the coding camps for students. Get your kids involved in coding at a young age with camps conducted by local educational organizations 21C Girls and Saturday Kids. Get their invention and innovation lightbulbs sparked while exposing them to the tools that will power and shape their future.


If you are thinking of heading down to experience it for yourself, you can find the Google Shophouse at 63 Spottiswoode Park Road. Doors will open from 10am to 5pm, on the 1, 2, 7 and 10 August 2015.



By Geralyne Kaye Ong / August 3, 2015 10:30AM GMT+8


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