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“Beautiful & peaceful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - CLOSED

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful & peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

The was no mass when I went there. It was peaceful to pray & for sight seeing

Visited April 2012
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Historical church in the heart of the civic district”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

This cathedral is the oldest Catholic church in Singapore but does not boast the architecture splendor of other cathedrals / churches found in other countries. It still makes for a great visit any time of the day to have a look at this humble church built during the early part of the colonial era (it was obvious they did not expect the congregation to expand so much in SGP). In the church are several plaques in remembrance of the various missionaries who have travelled far to this part of the world and laid their marks among the early faithfuls - each with their own untold stories.

The church also contain the country's oldest pipe organ - still in good condition and is played occasionally.

This church has an interesting link to the history of Korea's Catholic martyrs. Saint Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert, probably the first Catholic priest to the island, died a martyr in Korea and the church's name "Good Shepherd" was inspired by what he wrote knowing the persecutions the missionaries + their flocks will face "In desperate circumstances, the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep." The church has a very active Korean congregation.

The church's resident choir sings at the 10am English mass every Sunday. Tip: Sit right in the first few rows to appreciate the beautiful and glorious voices of the choir (common sense but especially true for this church). Due to the layout of this old church, voice projection is very bad from where the choir sings especially when seated from the middle to back rows.

Visited January 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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1,091 reviews
736 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 802 helpful votes
“A big, relaxing cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

This large church was impressive. The building is lovely and occupies a large city block. Inside the cathedral it is peaceful and quiet, with a relaxing atmosphere. The decoration in the Cathedral was fantastic and I found the place to be impressive. All the doors were wide open and I felt very welcome as a visitor with camera in hand. But it was the atmosphere that really stood out – so calm and peaceful right in the middle of busy Singapore. A fantastic Cathedral and a great place to visit.

Visited December 2011
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Cleveland, OH
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Excellent choirs, building in need of repair”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2010

Attended Sunday Mass here in June 2010. Very close to the Bras Basah MRT station. Get there early to listen to the men’s and woman’s choirs practicing. The choirs then parade into the church in their robes. They sing a wonderful selection of English and Latin hymns.

The church itself is badly in need of repairs with cracks in the walls and braces on the pillars. They will take up an extra collection for the church repairs. The church is not air-conditioned but they have a number of large fans running.

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