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Celebrate the Monkey God's birthday in Tiong Bahru
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Celebrate the Monkey God's birthday in Tiong Bahru

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Price S$70 / ticket

Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue and "Singapore’s hippest hood" by CNN, Tiong Bahru is seen as one of the most happening parts of town. Everyone loves both its quaint old world charm and its modern "hipster" image.

We will take a walk around this charming and picturesque neighbourhood to explore both its pre-war and post-war architecture, including one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates, with its row after row of art deco buildings, and learn about the history and stories associated with them.

You will also learn more 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.

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.

A special treat awaits us on this tour as it is the Monkey God’s Birthday, which falls on the January 16th of the Lunar month. Be amazed by the sights and sounds around temple ground: streams of devotees, highly ornate offerings, stage performance dedicated to the gods.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Appealingly Colourful & Gritty Little India
Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Appealingly Colourful & Gritty Little India

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Price: $75 / ticket

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community—Little India. The heritage district associated with vibrant colours, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses. But on this tour, you hear 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 discover a lesser-known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India. See 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. Learn about Little India’s different community groups and where they worship, including a visit to the historical and architecturally-marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Move 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. Take a short break at Tekka Centre to sample local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you’ll 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 ornate and super colourful Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind the South Indian-style of Hinduism and its rituals.

We 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.

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: Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Mar
12
9:00 AM09:00

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

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Price: $75 / ticket

The name “Orchard Road” conjures up visions of gleaming shopping, office and apartment towers, filled with glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and high-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that there’s a rich history lurking around today’s Orchard Road. See the fascinating nooks and crannies that bear testament to its earlier years as an area dominated by plantations, farms, and yes, orchards, plus 19th-century colonial-era homes and buildings that survive today!

Starting at Dhoby Ghaut you’ll learn the origins of its name. As we follow Orchard Rd., you’ll hear stories about nutmeg planters, their sumptuous estates and the consequences of the mysterious “nutmeg” disease. Discover one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled at the foot of Fort Canning. 

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the President of Singapore will remind us of Singapore’s colonial roots. Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion brought back to its former glory and we’ll also catch a glimpse of the home the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lived in for most of his life. 

And finally, be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquillity 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 LHOKO 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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Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore
Mar
14
9:00 AM09:00

Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore

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Price: $70 / ticket

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.

" a beautifully constructed tour examining the Jewish side of Singapore .... thanks to all involved for giving us a great experience. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour to any other travellers"  June 2018

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Geylang: The Final Frontier?
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Geylang: The Final Frontier?

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Price: S$70 / ticket

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. We’ll zig-zag the “lorongs” (lanes) to delight in best examples of “Chinese Baroque” architecture with the lavish use of tiles and ornate plasterwork and further, we will visit some beautiful homes and a traditional Chinese instruments shop.

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

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Price
$75/ticket

Description

Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities. In Singapore, the Peranakans are mainly a mix of the rich cultures resulting from the marriage of early Chinese traders and local Malay and Indian women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture (for instance, their colourful beading and clothing styles) and in their beliefs as well.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Set on former coconut plantations where attap-roofed kampongs once thrived nearby to seaside bungalows and mansions for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat are an exciting mélange of culture, flavours and architecture. We’ll meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy and we’ll of course focus on the lovely pre-war architecture —namely the rows and rows of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses adorned with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also visit the Chinese temple of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion; discover an old Anglican church with its closely-knit community; and pop into one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temples — all three a reminder of the area’s multi-ethnic blend.

To top it off, we’ll be sure to make time to sample some local drinks and snacks at one of the few traditional eateries that dot the neighbourhood.

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 LHOKO 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 Colours of Chinatown
Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Colours of Chinatown

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Price S$75 / Ticket

Chinatown Overview: Temples, Shophouses, Food & Secret Societies 

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

Hear the sad tales of Sago Lane and the tough life of Singapore's hard-working coolies. Learn about early Singapore's "underbelly"—its secret societies, houses of ill repute, and opium dens.

After our last stop at the City Gallery—where you see a world-famous diorama of Singapore and 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!  message to all registered. 

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 LHOKO 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: Bras Basah Churches at Easter
Apr
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Bras Basah Churches at Easter

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Price: $75 / ticket

Celebrate Holy Week with us on a walk to see Singapore’s most historically significant Christian sites, and hear the fascinating stories of the early missionaries who not only started churches and cathedrals, but also schools.

We will start at St Andrew’s Cathedral, our central Protestant church, with its imposing tower and spire built on land donated by an Arab philanthropist, its amazing stained glass windows, the plaques which testify to some of the main events in Singapore's history, and much more.

In a quiet spot along Hill Street, lies the Armenian Church. Built in 1835, this is the oldest Christian church in Singapore and is dedicated to St Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian monk. The Holy Week of Easter is the most important time in this small but significant community of Singapore. 

Then we will proceed to the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), a reminder of the "sacred" in today's rather more secular cloister, CHIJMES.

Along Bras Basah Road we will visit the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore, the impressive Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, to find out more about the "rare discovery" made during its recent renovation, the Saint who gave the cathedral its name, and the admirable Father Beurrel and La Salle Brothers who also founded the nearby St Joseph's Institution.

We will then admire the beauty of the once-dilapidated, but recently restored-to-its-former-glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church on Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. Learn about the hardship of Chinese and Eurasian Christians during WWII.

After visiting the Scottish, Armenian, French, Eurasian and Chinese communities, we will complete the mosaic of our local Christian communities by stopping at the historic St Joseph's Church on Victoria Street to learn about the Portuguese Mission in Singapore and some amazing discoveries made during recent renovation works. 

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 LHOKO 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: Tanjong Pagar
Apr
23
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tanjong Pagar

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Price: $75 / ticket

Tanjong Pagar means “cape of stakes” a name that reflects its origins as a fishing village. But there is even more picturesque account of the naming inspired by a local legend. Join us on this new tour to discover who were the early inhabitants of the area, how in the second half of 19th century the area developed into a busy harbor to become a maze of towering offices. 

Tanjong Pagar is a melding of big city metropolis and old-world charm. You will enter one of the oldest temples dedicated to worshipping the City God (how fitting) and where, unseen and unknown to many, the wedding rituals of the deceased are carried out (Ghost marriages). 

You will stop in one of the most authentic hawker centers to sample some local kueh (cakes) of lovely shapes and colors, made from natural ingredients. You will walk through Vanda Miss Joachim Park to learn about the breeder of Singapore’s National Flower to another fascinating Chinese temple (Poo Thor Jee temple).  Along former swimming pool on Yan Kit Rd in art deco style we will climb up to the Duxton Plain and the Pinnacle. Sneaking through a secret passage you will discover an array of beautiful shophouses of Duxton Hill, learn all about its past as a nutmeg plantation (Dr. Montgomerie & Gutta Percha story) and the seedy reputation of the neighborhood (opium dens, rickshaw’s lodging). 

After a coffee break you will find out where the Jinricksha station used to operate and will learn all about this highly popular mode of transport in colonial Singapore. You will end the tour at the cooling interior of Urban Development Authority City Gallery. 

Itinerary :

-      Seng Wong Beo Temple

-      Tanjong Pagar Road

-      Tanjong Pagar Market & Hawker Centre

-      Yan Kit Road (Poo Thor Jee Temple & former Yan Kit Road Swimming Pool)

-      The Pinnacle & Duxton Plain

-      Duxton Hill – coffee break 

-      Neil Road

-      Former Jinricksha station

-      Fairfield Methodist church 

-      The URA – Maxwell Rd ending point

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...”

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.

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Discovery Walk: Katong & Joo Chiat
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Walk: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Price: S$75 / ticket

Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities. In Singapore, the Peranakans are mainly a mix of the rich cultures resulting from the marriage of early Chinese traders and local Malay and Indian women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture (for instance, their colourful beading and clothing styles) and in their beliefs as well.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Set on former coconut plantations where attap-roofed kampongs once thrived nearby to seaside bungalows and mansions for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat are an exciting mélange of culture, flavours and architecture. We’ll meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy and we’ll of course focus on the lovely pre-war architecture —namely the rows and rows of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses adorned with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also visit the Chinese temple of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion; discover an old Anglican church with its closely-knit community; and pop into one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temples — all three a reminder of the area’s multi-ethnic blend.

To top it off, we’ll be sure to make time to sample some local drinks and snacks at one of the few traditional eateries that dot the neighbourhood.

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 LHOKO 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
May
7
9:00 AM09:00

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

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Price S$75 /ticket

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," low-lying expanses near the coast that stretched to the sea.

We will start our journey at Keong Saik Road (a former Red Light District) and then stroll to Bukit Pasoh Road, which once known as Mistress Street. Well-known nowadays as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you its fascinating heritage side — from traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. 

We will explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain and take a lift up to the 50th floor viewing deck of “The Pinnacle” complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area and great photo opps.

After a short coffee break, we will walk through one of Singapore’s oldest HDB estates to 

the 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 the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of nearby Chinatown.

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 LHOKO 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
May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Kampong Glam

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Price: S$75 / ticket

Explore the eclectic district of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Muslim community, and one of our most authentic neighbourhoods where you can still see and feel 19th-century Singapore. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans and Arabs, as well as Chinese and Indian communities, all of whom left their mark in different and fascinating ways.

 Our route will first take us to Jalan Kubor, one of Singapore’s oldest Muslim cemeteries, dating back to the 1820s. We will visit the old burial grounds of Malay princes and learn about the significance of the “keramat” (shrine). We will also discuss the Malabar Muslim Community, discover one of the oldest surviving local madrasahs (Islamic school), and visit the impressive Masjid Sultan, the most significant and important mosque in Singapore. 

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

After a refreshing stop for local coffee and kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and your guide will share the stories of why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) and part of Beach Road was called Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). We’ll also uncover what made the residents of the Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous.

We will end our tour by exploring a little gem of a mosque, and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has survived despite 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 LHOKO 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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Discovery Walk: Katong & Joo Chiat
Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Discovery Walk: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Price: S$75 / ticket

Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities. In Singapore, the Peranakans are mainly a mix of the rich cultures resulting from the marriage of early Chinese traders and local Malay and Indian women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture (for instance, their colourful beading and clothing styles) and in their beliefs as well.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Set on former coconut plantations where attap-roofed kampongs once thrived nearby to seaside bungalows and mansions for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat are an exciting mélange of culture, flavours and architecture. We’ll meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy and we’ll of course focus on the lovely pre-war architecture —namely the rows and rows of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses adorned with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also visit the Chinese temple of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion; discover an old Anglican church with its closely-knit community; and pop into one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temples — all three a reminder of the area’s multi-ethnic blend.

To top it off, we’ll be sure to make time to sample some local drinks and snacks at one of the few traditional eateries that dot the neighbourhood.

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 LHOKO 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 Appealingly Colourful & Gritty Little India
Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Appealingly Colourful & Gritty Little India

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Price: $75 / ticket

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community—Little India. The heritage district associated with vibrant colours, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses. But on this tour, you hear 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 discover a lesser-known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India. See 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. Learn about Little India’s different community groups and where they worship, including a visit to the historical and architecturally-marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Move 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. Take a short break at Tekka Centre to sample local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you’ll 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 ornate and super colourful Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind the South Indian-style of Hinduism and its rituals.

We 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.

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

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Price $75 /ticket

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," low-lying expanses near the coast that stretched to the sea.

We will start our journey at Keong Saik Road (a former Red Light District) and then stroll to Bukit Pasoh Road, which once known as Mistress Street. Well-known nowadays as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you its fascinating heritage side — from traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. 

We will explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain and take a lift up to the 50th floor viewing deck of “The Pinnacle” complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area and great photo opps.

After a short coffee break, we will walk through one of Singapore’s oldest HDB estates to 

the 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 the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of nearby Chinatown.

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 LHOKO 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/ticket

Explore the eclectic district of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Muslim community, and one of our most authentic neighbourhoods where you can still see and feel 19th-century Singapore. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans and Arabs, as well as Chinese and Indian communities, all of whom left their mark in different and fascinating ways.

 Our route will first take us to Jalan Kubor, one of Singapore’s oldest Muslim cemeteries, dating back to the 1820s. We will visit the old burial grounds of Malay princes and learn about the significance of the “keramat” (shrine). We will also discuss the Malabar Muslim Community, discover one of the oldest surviving local madrasahs (Islamic school), and visit the impressive Masjid Sultan, the most significant and important mosque in Singapore. 

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

After a refreshing stop for local coffee and kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and your guide will share the stories of why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) and part of Beach Road was called Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). We’ll also uncover what made the residents of the Gedung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous.

We will end our tour by exploring a little gem of a mosque, and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has survived despite 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 LHOKO 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: Katong & Joo Chiat
Jan
8
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Price
$75/ticket

Description

Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities. In Singapore, the Peranakans are mainly a mix of the rich cultures resulting from the marriage of early Chinese traders and local Malay and Indian women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture (for instance, their colourful beading and clothing styles) and in their beliefs as well.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Set on former coconut plantations where attap-roofed kampongs once thrived nearby to seaside bungalows and mansions for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat are an exciting mélange of culture, flavours and architecture. We’ll meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy and we’ll of course focus on the lovely pre-war architecture —namely the rows and rows of colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses adorned with ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also visit the Chinese temple of Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion; discover an old Anglican church with its closely-knit community; and pop into one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temples — all three a reminder of the area’s multi-ethnic blend.

To top it off, we’ll be sure to make time to sample some local drinks and snacks at one of the few traditional eateries that dot the neighbourhood.

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 LHOKO 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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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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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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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 tour. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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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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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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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 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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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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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 - 12:30pm

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 nearby modern “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 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.

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 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! 

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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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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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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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