Singapore, Victoria Concert Hall: The historic building was closed a long time for renovations. Although “massive make-over while preserving the historic facade” is a better description. The building has served multiple purposes through history – governing office, concert/arts venue, war hospital, war court, then concert/arts venue again. The statue of the country’s British founder Sir Stamford Raffles stands gazing out to the sea. Except that due to decades of land reclamation, he no longer looks out into the sea really.