Early Armenian traders tended to conduct business in their offices located near the centre of Singapore — there’s still an Armenian Street, where the Peranakan Museum is located. Martin and Tigran Sarkies opened the legendary Raffles Hotel in 1887; more than a century later, Raffles remains an iconic Singapore landmark and drinking a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar remains on a must-do list of many a traveller.
The grand dame of Singapore hotels has hosted writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham and was gazetted as a national monument in 1987.
Martin and Tigran Sarkies were Armenian brothers who became prominent hoteliers in the region
The Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator
Singapore owes its national flower’s name to horticulturist Ashkhen Hovakimian/Joaquim
The Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore’s national flower
The Straits Times has come a long way since its 1845 founding by an Armenian