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July 25, 2017 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

During the Golden Age of Travel, postcards were the social media of choice and helped establish the legendary reputation of Raffles Hotel Singapore globally, so it’s fitting they’ve formed a part of the hotel’s 130th anniversary this year under an initiative called the Secret Postcard Sale.

Since 1887, when the doors to Raffles Hotel Singapore first opened, this iconic hotel has been the epitome of the romance of the Far East – a seductive blend of luxury, history and colonial memories while always staying emotionally connected with its guests, discerning travellers and the Singapore community.

The Secret Postcard Sale celebrates the romance of writing postcards with artworks created by well-known personalities from around the world, along with art students from the Raffles Design Institute and members of the local Singapore community.

These were produced in a limited edition of 130 pieces and sold through the Raffles Arcade Shop, raising money for the Autism Association (Singapore), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with autism lead meaningful lives in society.

To add an element of fun to the project, the hotel disclosed the designer for each postcard progressively during the sale period at the Raffles Hotel Arcade, giving local art students and the public a chance to shine alongside global celebrities.

The hotel has also released its own series of eight custom designed postcards, available online:-

In a nod to the Modern Age, Raffles is inviting travellers to share their memories by posting #MyRafflesExperience across all social media platforms, or to send memorabilia to the hotel for a future public collection (c/ Marketing Communications Dept).

For those who’ll be in Singapore between 1st to 12th August 2017, there’s a final opportunity to see the hotel before the second phase of restoration commences with a specially curated history tour and exhibition.

Guests and members of the public are invited to walk through marbled hallways to be immersed in the illustrious tales encapsulated in the hotel’s 130-year-old colonial history. Reminisce about its former beachfront location and visit rooms that welcomed famous guests, including a recreation of the one used by writer and Nobel Laureate, Rudyard Kipling, who stayed at the hotel in 1889.

In addition, the elaborate menus of the events held at Raffles Hotel over the years offer a glimpse into the signature of these events. Visitors to ‘A Last, Lingering Look at an Icon’ will learn about the history of Raffles Hotel – and Singapore – through the crockery and food served at weddings of prominent personalities, the Coronation of King George VI, and many others.

The exhibition and tour is curated by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments and guided by its volunteers. Tickets are priced at $12 S and include a delectable souvenir. Tours will be available to both guests and members of the public, with spaces limited to 12 per tour.

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