Today was an interesting day. After work, I left for the Asian Civilisations Museum! It is very picturesquely located near the Singapore River in the heart of the city, and I thoroughly enjoyed walking all around the place savouring the scenic beauty. 🙂
The Museum is broadly divided into the China, South-East Asia, South Asia and Singapore history, with little subdivisions beneath each. I have always been a big fan of History, and I was enchanted with the classiness of this Museum! (my level of comparison was the Egmore Museum in Chennai.. haha). This was like the Museums described in novels, and I eagerly took all the art in! They have installed artefacts from all over Asia with interesting anecdotes to each piece- be it Mughal swords, Javanese jewellery, Buddhist stupas, or the Chinese Fan paintings. The purpose of my visit was to gain some insight into Buddhism and while I got that done, I only wish I had a little more time to spend to walk through the rest of the galleries.. I am planning to go again on an excursion soon! 🙂
This trip brought back memories of driving down with family all over India, to many many temples and old historical buildings. My dad is a big fan of history as well, and we used to have a lot of very interesting conversations about the story behind each place, who built it and why.. There is still so much more to be explored!
As I was reflecting on my ‘high’ with history.. I wondered if its because I haven’t been in touch with it for so long. Maybe if I took up Archaeology as my career it would have been a different story. When you actually get down to doing some work, it becomes much less interesting all of a sudden. Its all very nice to go visit museums and appreciate them from the outside, but it is probably a lot of dry work documenting every piece, etc. It is the same thing that is happening to me with Engineering now.. Depends on each one’s perspective of things I suppose. Something to think about..
And happy weekend folks! 😀