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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Date: Tuesday 30 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Geylang: The Final Frontier?
Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Geylang: The Final Frontier?

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Date: 8 November Thurs

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $60

Geylang conjures up an image of a red-light district, which indeed it is. But it’s so much more than brothels and cheap eats.

Scratch the surface and you'll find a wonderful ethnic mélange with a dominant Chinese character. Today’s Geylang is home to numerous Chinese religious associations and temples, and also a mosque named after a female benefactor, plus churches and a Hindu temple.

Come walk the streets with us to learn its many secrets, including which lorongs (lanes) are "respectable" and which are not!

We will visit some beautiful homes, a traditional Chinese instruments shop and a medical hall, and further, we’ll delight in best examples of “Chinese Baroque” architecture with the lavish use of tiles and ornate plasterwork.

Along the way, we’ll discover many other hidden facets of Geylang, an under-rated and misunderstood gem!

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A Very Special Black & Wine & Music Evening with Violin Virtuoso Ayke Agus
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

A Very Special Black & Wine & Music Evening with Violin Virtuoso Ayke Agus

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Date: Friday 9 November

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Price:
Early bird (book by October 19) - $110
Standard - $120

Please join us for another very special evening in one of Singapore's iconic "Black & White" houses in Alexandra Park (the full address will be sent to those who register a few days in advance).

Hosted by the residents of this beautiful home, you will learn its history with Jane, who will also lead you on tours of the house.

We are delighted that the evening will culminate in a concert by world renowned classical violinist Ayke Agus who is passing through Singapore from her home in the USA .

Through the Grapevine will be providing the all important wine - 2 glasses are included with your ticket, more will be available to purchase. Cheese & canapes will also be served.

Please register asap as this one will sell out! 

Please note that part of the proceeds will go to a charity of the residents' choice.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 13 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage

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Date & Time 17 Nov 9am - 12.30pm

Price $60/pax

Join us for a walk around the iconic Bukit Brown cemetery, the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China, with Claire Leow, co-founder of All Things Bukit Brown. This will be a wonderful way to not only explore this lovely area which is not only a cemetery, but also a heritage park with a lush forest setting.

There we will learn about Singapore's history & both Chinese culture and traditions as well as how they merge with other cultural influences, such as the lovely Peranakan tiles on many of the graves as well as the Sikh tomb guardians.

We will particularly focus on Sikhism in Singapore which has its roots in the military and policing forces of the British Empire, with the earliest Sikh arriving in 1849. Forever associated with protection, they were the chosen guardians of several prominent Chinese people for their Bukit Brown tombs, as shown in the photo above.

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A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 1
Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 1

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Session 1 (Nov 17) S$60

Sessions 1 (Nov 17) and 2 (Dec 8) S$100

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The class will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Emerald Hill area. We'll start with an introductory session inside one of its lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 20 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam
Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam

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Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj

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Price:
Early birds until Nov 1 - $80/pax
Standard ticket - $90/pax

Description:
The scene is magical. It’s 1648 in Agra, India, as imperial guards and best friends Humayun and Babur keep watch as the final touches are put to the mighty Taj Mahal, a white marble bejeweled tomb built by a bereft emperor for his beloved favourite wife. The emperor has decreed that no one, except the masons, labourers and slaves who exist within those walls, shall turn to look at the building until it is complete. Now, as the building nears completion and the first light catches on the pure white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen grows stronger. But beauty has a price and Humayun and Babur are about to learn its true cost.

Guards at the Taj takes as its starting point an enduring legend and prompts contemporary audiences to revisit questions about art and privilege. The play explores beauty and power, trust and betrayal, humor and tragedy — the full spectrum of the human condition.

The play premiered at the Atlantic Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 2015 and is the recipient of both the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2016).

EXCLUSIVE for Jane’s Insiders:  Our special event includes not only the performance but also a short pre-show talk on this history of the Taj Mahal by lawyer turned historian Abha Kaul. This will be accompanied by a glass (or 2!) of wine and Indian munchies in a private reception area. Plus post show we'll enjoy Indian coffee and sweets, followed by a meet the cast. Come and connect with Jane and friends! 

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Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond

Saturday 1 December

Tickets $70 Adult $40 Child

Inspired by the legendary 16th-century tale of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to  the “Western Region,” this tour will be an exploration of Singapore’s western parts. Known mainly for its industrial zone and shipyards, Jurong will surprise you with its hills, gardens and national monuments. Learn about its important past and also about its vibrant future.

To honour the roots of the Journey to the West tale, we will start our journey with a visit to Singapore’s most bizarre and unforgettable attraction – Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Gardens. A true gem from a lost era, this one-of-its-kind theme park, with more than 1,000 quirky statues and gruesome depictions of the underworld, will introduce you to Chinese mythology and folklore.

Next we will head to Jurong Hill and The Eye in the Sky — the Jurong Hill Lookout Tower which hosted many foreign dignitaries including royalty. Its offers a panoramic view of the entire industrial zone. On the way there we will visit another heritage gem, Jurong Town Hall, a boldly futuristic building and a symbol of Singapore’s industrial push.

Our pilgrimage will continue at Nanyang University. Designed in the Chinese National style, blending both traditional Chinese and modern elements, the former university building is a witness to the history of the Chinese diaspora and education.

Last but not least will be our visit to the Dragon Kiln, one of the last surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. The firing of this kiln takes place only twice a year and we will be there to witness this now fairly rare occurrence, and to understand and appreciate the disappearing art of wood-firing!

THIS WILL BE A FUN OUTING FOR CHILDREN TOO!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 2
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

A Photography "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton: Session 2

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Session 2 (Dec 8) S$60

Sessions 1 (Nov 17) and 2 (Dec 8) S$100

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The classes will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Emerald Hill area. We'll start with an introductory session (on Nov 17) inside one of its lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the preliminary results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!! And a full sharing & review will take place at the second class on Dec 8th.

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The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Dec
27
9:30 AM09:30

The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam
Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam

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Price: $75

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered. 

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….

I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Jan
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Price $75

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today; many having been levelled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation. Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." 

Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown. We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. 

After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road. Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. 

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.

Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…

“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“

“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “

“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Oct
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Sep
25
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

Date and Time

25 Sep 9am - 12.30pm

Price
$70/pax

Description

We will explore a jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture - which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women - our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism - & often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion, and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan
Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan

Date: Tuesday 18 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam
Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam

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Date & Time

6 Sep, 9am - 12.30pm

Price

$50/pax

Description

Beyond its history and heritage, Kampong Glam also teems with artistic treasures and compelling architecture — from artists and cultural performers, to street murals and art centres. Explore the neighbourhood's old and restored shophouses, re-purposed buildings, architecture heritage award winners, Green Mark sustainability buildings, and even "fengshui" (geomancy) structures.

Our Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam showcases many fascinating aspects of one of Singapore's oldest areas.

We'll dig deep into Kampong Glam's culture and heritage by meeting a talented young Malay artist who works in a hidden corner of the neighbourhood creating beautiful Chinese calligraphy pieces. The tour also includes a visit to the studio of a ceramic artist experimenting with extraordinary concepts, techniques and unusual ingredients (such as milk, sugar and flour), to create unique ceramic works.

We'll explore how three distinctive buildings towering above the skyline of Kampong Glam are both at odds and in harmony with each other, underling once again how Singapore embraces both the old and the new.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Sep
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Aug
28
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 28 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Date and Time

31 July 9am - 12.30pm

Price
$70/pax

Description

We will explore a jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture - which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women - our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism - & often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion, and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tiong Bahru
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tiong Bahru

Date: Tuesday 17 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue, ‘Singapore’s hippest hood’ by CNN and by locals as one of the most happening, everyone loves Tiong Bahru's old world charm.

Visiting this quaint neighbourhood, you immediately notice an intriguing mix of old and new. The transformation from swamp to swank began in the 1930s, and some of the landmarks from that era still stand today, including the residential blocks and the first Monkey God Temple dedicated to the main character from Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.

Our walk will take us around one of Singapore's oldest public residential estates where we will explore its pre-war and post-war architecture, and learn about the history and stories associated with this charming and picturesque neighbourhood with its row after row of quaint art deco buildings.

You will also learn about Tiong Bahru’s rich heritage - from stories of prominent pioneer community leaders to residents who were born in the air raid shelter during World War II, to religion and rituals, culture and food, and more.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot.

We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher. Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown

This walk will weave in visits to the diverse houses of worship on South Bridge Rd, one of Singapore’s “harmony” streets, also home to goldsmiths, herbalists and more.

Plus we'll wend our way through the heart of Chinatown to see old shophouses, a former Cantonese opera theatre, a traditional wet market, and the famous Buddha Tooth temple.

You'll hear the sad tales of Sago Lane, the tough life of Singapore's hard working coolies, and find out about early Singapore's"underbelly" — secret societies, houses of ill repute, and opium dens.

After our last stop at the City Gallery — where you'll learn about our city planning, past present and future — your guide will drop you off at the ever popular Maxwell Food Centre for discoveries of the edible variety !

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Celebrate Hari Raya in Kampong Glam!
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Celebrate Hari Raya in Kampong Glam!

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during which time not even water can be consumed. Good deeds, holy prayers and giving alms is practiced throughout the month.

And when the sun goes down, the entire area of Kampong Glam comes alive with aromas of delicious food and customers queuing up to take home delicacies to eat with their loved ones.

Come on this once-a-year tour where we partake in the preparation for the celebration of Hari Raya Puasa, this year on Friday 15th June. We will visit shops selling all things from lush fabrics to pretty crystals, colourful glass lamps, woven baskets and decadent perfumes and frankincense. It is indeed a cheerful and busy atmosphere.

During this tour, we shall also learn about the other important Muslim festival which is also a national holiday in Singapore — Hari Raya Haji. When the call to break the fast happens at about 7 pm, we shall join our Muslim friends with a meal of rice and curries, which is included in the price of your tour.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Nature Walking Tour: Pulau Ubin's Wild West
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Nature Walking Tour: Pulau Ubin's Wild West

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Come & join us for one of our most popular Walking Tours, on the delightful Pulau Ubin, arguably Singapore's last real kampong.

And in the "Wild West" of Ubin, we will see the extraordinary German Girl's Shrine plus arguably the most eclectic temple in Singapore with its Thai & Tibetan sections, Hindu deities & more! Ubin itself is a treat - with its swaying coconut palms, shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, rustic roads, secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves.

It feels like you've stepped back into the Singapore of the 1960's; in fact the slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi!

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (an NParks guide as well as STB guide) will point out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area. After a 3.5 hour walk, including refreshments (included in the price) on the island we will head back by ferry to the "mainland".

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive to Changi, or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly. The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan
Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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An Off-the-Beaten-Track Cultural and Foodie Adventure: Serangoon North Village Plus an Amazing Home-cooked Lunch
May
31
9:30 AM09:30

An Off-the-Beaten-Track Cultural and Foodie Adventure: Serangoon North Village Plus an Amazing Home-cooked Lunch

Come explore a little-known, definitely off-the-beaten track part of Singapore — Northern Serangoon Village. Even the origins of its name are shrouded in mystery — was it named for the Ranggong, the Malay name of a bird found around this area, or the noise of the drums and gongs used to scare tigers away....?

We shall never know. What we do know is that this area was once a rubber plantation and it's now a treasure trove of intriguing attractions, including an amazing 100-year-old Hindu temple, an "amalgamated" Chinese temple complex, and a haven for serious pet lovers. It's also an area with a storied history of pottery kilns.

If this cool stuff doesn't fire you up, the lunch at the end sure will. The tour concludes with lunch at a private museum in an HDB flat.

Yes that's right, an HDB flat, and definitely an out-of-the-ordinary one. Its residents will not only cook up a storm for us, but also give us a peek at their private museum-quality collection of incredible Chinese porcelains, tribal art and much more that they will show and explain to us. We are limiting this tour to 10 people so please book early.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony
May
29
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Step back to a time when CHIJMES was a peaceful oasis, occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. To a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their prison, and when an ambitious Irish architect left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony.

Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area which is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. Here you'll find a synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Street Photography: A "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

Street Photography: A "Masterclass" with Award-Winning Photographer Tony Anderton

All you budding Annie Leibovitzes and David Baileys....come and learn more about how to make the most of your photographic opportunities, which are so abundant here in Singapore and the surrounding region. Join us for a "masterclass" with award-winning photographer Tony Anderton.

In the words of Tony himself: "The most rewarding and creative opportunities are right in front of you, things that lie in the everyday, in your personal interests and passions, literally in your backyard. The challenge and the exhilaration of photography is striving to capture the ordinary and the overlooked in a way that brings it to life and makes someone turn and look again. And you do not need state of the art, expensive and often intimidating equipment to make this happen."

So it matters not whether you have a fancy camera or are happy testing out your phone's capabilities!

The class will take place in the beautiful, and exceedingly photogenic, Blair Road area. We'll start with an introductory session inside one of Blair Road's lovely shophouses with Tony, after which you'll be let loose in the surrounding streets to try out the tips he's given you. Then back to base camp to review the results — with a glass of wine in hand — naturally 🍷📷🍷!

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Our Communities: Small Community, Lasting Legacy — The Armenian Connection
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Our Communities: Small Community, Lasting Legacy — The Armenian Connection

Travellers visiting the bustling city-state of Singapore may not be aware of the great impact made by the Armenians, one of our smallest minority communities. They have left a legacy incommensurate with their numbers. 

Along with the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator (usually just known as the Armenian Church) and its parsonage, there are other reminders of their presence, including the Raffles Hotel, the Straits Times newspaper, and Singapore’s national flower.

This tour will provide insights into this small but fascinating community who thrived through enterprise and hard work. You will learn about prominent Armenian personalities and how they made their mark and established their roots in 19th-century Singapore through religion, commerce and community.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the newly curated Armenian Heritage Gallery housed at the ground level of the Parsonage building. The Heritage Gallery is the first Armenian museum of its kind in Asia that explores the journey and achievements of the Armenian Communities in Asia from the early days of settlement through to the present day. It features rare artifacts, books, photos and other historical items collected from the various community archives in Singapore, Asia, Armenia and worldwide.

We will end our tour with refreshments at the exclusive members-only Masonic Club within the Masonic Hall, which has a close association with the Armenian community.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
May
22
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
May
8
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and high-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies that bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled ibeside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Joys of Joo Chiat
May
1
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Joys of Joo Chiat

In March we will explore another jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive. Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture — which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women — our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture — colourful two-story shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism — often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th-generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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An Off-the-Beaten-Track Foodie Adventure: Toa Payoh aka the Big Swamp!
Apr
26
9:30 AM09:30

An Off-the-Beaten-Track Foodie Adventure: Toa Payoh aka the Big Swamp!

What's in a name?! Luckily not too much in the case of Toa Payoh, one of the most popular and interesting of our townships.

Come and explore in the company of our guide Alice, herself a TP resident. Toa Payoh was the country's first satellite town to be designed by the Housing & Development Board when Singapore became a self governing state. In fact, Toa Payoh may well be the quintessential modern Singapore town.

Discover its many historic, and of course gastronomic, delights.

On the history side, we'll visit the famous tree shrine, a banyan tree which is said to be guarded by a spirit and has a small shrine at its foot for devotees to offer prayers. Legend has it that the "god tree" resisted the bulldozers when they tried to ram it down during the development of the area in the mid-1960s.

We'll also take a look at the athletes' accommodation from the Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) games of 1973 and have a peek at the Toa Payoh Library.

After a break at a local coffee shop, where you will learn to order local coffee like a pro and sample snacks like curry puffs and carrot cake, we will visit the HDB showflat gallery to see how over 80% of Singaporeans live. Learn about Queen Elizabeth's visit to one of these back in 1972 — time permitting we'll even follow in her footsteps and go to the actual block she visited.

Another food break will then be in order, so we'll try out the famous Singapore Rojak (a delicious tangy vegetable and fruit salad) at an air-conditioned food court.

Next we'll explore the air-conditioned bus interchange and hop on a bus for a little local sight seeing — the sports complex, the swimming pool, the Hindu temple and light industries and of course the famous dragon playground.

Finally we'll take another short walk around a market and end with a variety of foodie delicacies for lunch at the market's food centre.

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Geylang: The Final Frontier?
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

Geylang: The Final Frontier?

Geylang conjures up an image of a 'red light district', which indeed it is.

But scratch the surface and you'll find Chinese temples, a mosque named after a female benefactor as well as trendy coffee shops and a buzzing artistic scene - to name but a few of its many gems.

Come walk the streets with us to learn its many secrets, including which lorongs (lanes) are "respectable" & which are not !

We will visit some beautiful homes, a traditional Chinese instruments shop and a medical hall, as well as delighting in some of the best examples of “Chinese Baroque” architecture.

We'll also discover many tantalising food outlets along the way!

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Apr
14
9:30 AM09:30

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come and discover the history and stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets and visit two or three homes which will illustrate how some of these lovely century-old "shophouses" have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, and hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown
Apr
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown

This walk will weave in visits to the diverse houses of worship on South Bridge Rd, one of Singapore’s “harmony” streets, also home to goldsmiths, herbalists and more.

Plus we'll wend our way through the heart of Chinatown to see old shophouses, a former Cantonese opera theatre, a traditional wet market, and the famous Buddha Tooth temple.

You'll hear the sad tales of Sago Lane, the tough life of Singapore's hard working coolies, and find out about early Singapore's"underbelly" — secret societies, houses of ill repute, and opium dens.

After our last stop at the City Gallery — where you'll learn about our city planning, past present and future — your guide will drop you off at the ever popular Maxwell Food Centre for discoveries of the edible variety !

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Explore Our Neighbourhoods: The Commonwealth Trail Includes the MoE Heritage Centre, Early HDBs & the Iconic Hakka Cemetery
Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Explore Our Neighbourhoods: The Commonwealth Trail Includes the MoE Heritage Centre, Early HDBs & the Iconic Hakka Cemetery

Immerse yourself in nostalgia as we visit some of the building blocks of modern Singapore in this heritage neighbourhood — in the company of Betty, herself a Commonwealth resident. Some of the many highlights will include:

* A visit to a 3-room HDB flat where we'll learn about HDB's acclaimed "Home Ownership" scheme set up in 1964.

* A bird's eye vista of the area from a rooftop garden to find out more about the more recent SERS program (Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme) established in 1995 to renew older housing estates.

* A walk up the famous 16-storey VIP block 81 to which visiting dignitaries — Prince Philip, Spiro Agnew and Emperor Akihito amongst others — were brought for a panoramic view of Queenstown (see pic below) and to showcase Singapore's success in establishing public housing and its first model satellite town.

* A visit to the Queenstown Lutheran Church, an Art deco church built with funds from the United Lutheran Church in America.

* A walk around the extraordinary Yin Fo Kun Cemetery, which comprises an ancestral hall, a memorial hall, and a 3,000 tombstone cemetery of the Hakka clan. Shielded by blocks of HDB flats and industrial buildings, this amazing cemetery contains reburied remains from graves exhumed from an area that was once 20 times the size of the present plot.

* A sampling of the delights of the famous Commonwealth Crescent Market & Food Centre, where we'll have our refreshment stop.

* Discover the story of the flatted factories (light industrial buildings of more than one storey, constructed or converted for multiple occupation) that made history in Singapore, and their diverse tenants.

* We will end with a 1-hour guided tour of the MOE's Heritage centre which showcases Singapore’s Education Story from the early 19th century to the present. Learn how the Republic's 15-year-olds were ranked No 1 for mathematics, science and reading in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa). And on a lighter note, have a game of giant snakes & ladders! (See pictures)

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The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

 

 

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Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore
Feb
28
9:00 AM09:00

Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore

Join us on a wonderful journey to discover the fascinating story and rich heritage of Singapore's Jewish community.

Our tour will bring you through some iconic jewish buildings and sites with Jewish connections.

The highlights of the tour will include:

  •  2 beautiful synagogues that are seldom seen: the newly restored and sumptuous Chesed-El synagogue in Oxley Rise and the oldest synagogue in South East Asia, the Maghain Abboth in Waterloo Street
  •  the Mahalah old Jewish quarter with its iconic buildings
  •  last but not least, an exclusive visit to the grounds of Eden Hall, an iconic building currently the British High Commissioner’s home but originally designed for Jewish merchant & hotelier Eziekel Manaesseh

During the tour, you will gain insights into this close-knit community, and learn about the heartwarming and heartbreaking tales of the local Jewry.

You will also get to know several colourful and prominent Jewish characters from the past and learn their contribution to Singapore’s development.

The tour will be partly by bus and partly walking.

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