An interactive way to explore

A new exhibition on historical places of interest in Singapore has opened at Jurong Regional Library and library@harbourfront.

It features enthralling stories and food options relating to Jurong, Harbourfront and Telok Blangah.

Titled Glue: Curiocity, it will run till March 28.

Co-developed by the National Library Board (NLB) and Open Government Products (OGP), the showcase has both physical and digital elements.

Superimposing current places of interest such as the Jurong Bird Park, Old Jurong Fire Station and Science Centre on the 1885 map of Singapore (drawn from the National Archives of Singapore), the physical showcase is a unique blend of the past and the present.

The digital element features touchscreen displays with interactive maps and quizzes.

Users have to answer three questions on their interests and, accordingly, the AI-generated screen will suggest three places of interest, interspersing historical sites with unique food outlets.

A personalised itinerary with nine places of interest will also be provided, which the user can download and visit at a later date.

To Mr Ivan Abraham Michael, 38, the exhibition brought back fond memories of his childhood growing up in Jurong – from fishing at the Chinese and Japanese Gardens with his dad to wondering what secrets lay behind the walls of the former Tang Dynasty Village at 2 Yuan Ching Road.

He was further captivated by the artwork in Yung Loh Road, which reflects the antiquity of Taman Jurong. “Sometimes we Singaporeans don’t appreciate our heritage enough,” he lamented.

The exhibition also intrigued Mr Bharath Selvam, 41, a resident of Jurong for 15 years. He aims to visit some of the places that he might have ignored.

However, he commented that the food outlets could have been better presented “with photos of the dishes on the screen”.

NLB and OGP are gathering feedback to fine-tune the prototype. NLB’s CEO Ng Cher Pong said: “In the spirit of LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025), we will continue to push ahead with innovations like this.”

The showcase will also be released as a mobile app next month, so residents can learn about their districts on the go.


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