#1 Tour Teaser: The Gate of Hope
You wouldn’t expect a secret door to a sad chapter in Singapore’s past to be smack dab in the middle of the busy dining and pub hub Chijmes. Formerly the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, or CHIJ, Chijmes is housed in what once was an orphanage and girls’ school dating back to the 19th century. Unwed, poor mothers who couldn’t afford to take care of their babies would leave the little bundles, often sickly, and usually girls, at the side door to the convent. During the Japanese Occupation, the number of babies left at the door surged to about 100 a month. Infants who survived worked at the convent and went to school there.
To learn more about this fascinating chapter in the Singapore story, sign up for the Sinners & Saints Tuesday Discovery Walk on Oct 31, 9:30am-12:30pm.