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Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
Feb
19
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe

Peatix Bicentennial.jpg

Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 3 The Doctor, the Sultan and the Scribe
As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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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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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: Civic District
Apr
9
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Civic District

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Price: $75 / ticket

Explores the impressive colonial-era buildings of Singapore’s historic Civic District—including the beautiful Fullerton Building (former General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre, and the Arts House (former Parliament building).

Learn about why, how, and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparsely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company. Explore his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan.

You also cross Cavenagh Bridge, the only suspension bridge in Singapore, as you discover the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

After a coffee break at the National Gallery we’ll go to the roof to enjoy spectacular views of the Civic District. We end our visit at the nearby St. Andrew Cathedral. 

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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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank
Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank

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Price: S$70 / ticket

Discover stories of the Singapore River and the people who lived, worked, and died along its banks shaping the Singapore we know today.

From the Orang Laut and their sacred stone through the ancient majesty of Temasek to the scores of trading ships and the multitude of immigrants looking to build a better life in the 19th century.

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we sail up the river and listen to river tales. At Robertson Quay, our walk takes us to the Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon. Next it’s on to the Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore, and then to the Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

After a short coffee break, we go to the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. We check out the former canneries, ice house and godowns at Clarke Quay. Our stroll will take us past the magnificent colonial buildings and shophouses of Boat Quay, ending at Cavenagh Bridge—Singapore’s oldest bridge.

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 Lhoko 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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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
May
16
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

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Price: S$70 / ticket

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

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

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

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings
May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings

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Price: S$70 / ticket

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through the European burial grounds to hear the stories of some of Singapore’s notable 19th century personalities. Following which, we will wander through the lush oasis of Singapore 's first Botanic Gardens with its fascinating fig trees and then be carried away by stories of ancient springs and bathing princesses while visiting the shrine of the Malay Kings.

Our final stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942.

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

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 Walks: The Architectural & Religious Riches of Bras Basah
Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Architectural & Religious Riches of Bras Basah

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Price: $75 / ticket

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area that is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. 

Here you'll find a synagogue, a Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts gallery, street art, and much more.

Step back to a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their own prison. Learn about the ambitious Irish architect who left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony and see some his early 19th-century works that have survived. 

And finally, you’ll wander through the fascinating and historic CHIJMES complex— a peaceful oasis, once occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. And, most recently made world-famous in the wedding scene in the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

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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Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 2: THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 1: FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings chose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

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Tuesdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3

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Price: $200 / ticket

Package for 3 Tours : Tues 12, Tues 19 & Tues 26 February

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 1 on Tuesday 12 February - FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings choose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

Part 2 on Tuesday 19 February - THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA
The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

Part 3 on Tuesday 26 February - THE DOCTOR, THE SULTAN & THE SCRIBE
As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Bicentennial Special Tours - Part 1 FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES

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Price: $75 / ticket

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.
Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February. 

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

PART 1: FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES
Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings chose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

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Saturdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Saturdays 3 Tour Package: Bicentennial Special Tours Part 1, 2 & 3

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Price: $200 / ticket

Package for 3 Tours : Sat 9, Sat 16 & Sat 23 February

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage.

Learn the personal journeys of British East India men such as Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd, and those of the many intrepid souls from all over the world — especially China, India, and the Middle East as well as neighbouring countries (today’s Malaysia and Indonesia) — who decided to take a gamble on this new outpost. As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the EIC’s arrival, join us to explore not only its colonial and pre-colonial history, but also the impact these figures still make on today’s Singapore.

This is a multi-part series that may be purchased as either a one-off or a package of three tours.

Each tour will be held both on a Saturday & on a Tuesday in February.

Please also note that details of where exactly each tour will meet will be emailed to all those registered 2 or 3 days in advance.

Part 1 on Saturday 9 February - FROM SUMATRAN KINGS TO STAMFORD RAFFLES

Our journey first leads to Fort Canning Hill — an extensive and fascinating repository of Singapore’s unique history. The seat of power for centuries, it’s been instrumental in the island’s management and defences as reflected in its many names. Thirteenth-century Sumatran kings choose this hill overlooking a bustling river port as the site for their palaces, and the area demanded such exclusivity that it was known as Forbidden Hill. The legends of the Sejarah Melayu (the Malay Annals) charmed Stamford Raffles, who built his residence here to enjoy the beautiful views and cooler breezes. He also set up our first botanic gardens on Fort Canning to experiment with different plants and we can still see its legacy in the Spice Garden that thrives in today’s Singapore Botanic Gardens on Cluny Road.

Together we’ll explore both its pre-colonial and colonial history, plus its military heritage as both a fort and later a bunker HQ. We’ll also wander among the tombstones of the former Christian cemetery to hear the stories of our early pioneers.

This tour ends at the National Museum, giving you the option to explore the museum’s collection on your own should you wish to do so.

Part 2 on Saturday 16 February - THREE MEN & A BABY — RAFFLES’ GAMBLE & RAJA MELAKA

The second part of our journey focuses on the Civic District with its wonderfully preserved colonial architecture. We fondly call this tour Three Men & A Baby because as you learn the story behind the founding of colonial Singapore, you meet the three men — Raffles, Farquhar, and Crawfurd — who nursed the “baby” settlement through its birth and infancy.

Following in Raffles’ footsteps, we’ll discover the importance he attached to city planning and civic society, and the impact that this had on our immigrant communities. We also explore the challenges faced by his co-founder, William

Farquhar, who was literally left holding the baby, but with limited resources to enable him to do this in the way that Raffles envisaged.

As we explore the role of the Singapore River in its rapid growth as a trading post we will delve into how both Raffles’ concept of a free port and Farquhar’s reputation as the “Raja of Melaka” helped to attract traders from the Malay peninsula and the rest of the world. And you’ll learn how these different approaches led to their falling out.

This tour will end at the Asian Civilisations Museum with the oppotunity to visit its new Raffles exhibition on your own.

Part 3 on Saturday 23 February - THE DOCTOR, THE SULTAN & THE SCRIBE

As we walk the streets of the historic neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, discover the stories of its Kota Raja — the royal compound which Raffles had designated for the newly installed Sultan Hussain. See first hand how the area developed from a fishing village with help from Indian convict labour.

You’ll also visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore that contains royal tombs as well as those of other Muslim communities. Learn how and why our second resident governor, Dr. John Crawfurd, punished the Sultan by building Victoria Street through his grounds.

Find out about the Sultan’s contemporary, the Temenggong, aka the Prince of Pirates, and Munshi Abdullah, the father of Malay literature and Malay teacher to Raffles and other early European settlers. Learn how this area became an early printing hub, with the locals having learnt printing technology from the missionaries.

Discover how Crawfurd ditched some of the Raffles’ more Utopian plans to implement a more pragmatic approach to the settlement, including the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, which effectively bought out both the Sultan and Temenggong and diminished their influence.

Visiting both the Sultan Mosque and the Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, we’ll explore the importance of the Muslim faith and how Singapore became a centre for Haj pilgrims in the region to prepare for their journeys to Mecca.

This tour ends at the Malay Heritage Centre, the former Istana, or palace, of the Sultan.

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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 Walks: The Architectural & Religious Riches of Bras Basah
Jan
22
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Architectural & Religious Riches of Bras Basah

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Price: $75 / ticket

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area that is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. 

Here you'll find a synagogue, a Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts gallery, street art, and much more.

Step back to a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their own prison. Learn about the ambitious Irish architect who left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony and see some his early 19th-century works that have survived. 

And finally, you’ll wander through the fascinating and historic CHIJMES complex— a peaceful oasis, once occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. And, most recently made world-famous in the wedding scene in the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

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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Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
22
9:00 AM09:00

Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Saturday 22 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

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. 

"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: Civic District
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

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Date: Tuesday 18 Dec

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

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 Verlocal message to all registered.

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

"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: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Tuesday 11 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

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. 

"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
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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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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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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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

Date: Tuesday 6 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

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: 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: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

Date: Tuesday 23 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

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 Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens

A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) became the third one to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padova Gardens in Italy. It is also Singapore's first World Heritage Site.

During this tour, you will discover its 150 years of history, including its role as the birth place of Southeast Asia's rubber and orchid industries. Orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens since 1859 and the products of the breeding programme are displayed in their full splendour in the National Orchid Garden. With over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, the beauty of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold.

Tour highlights include the bandstand; garden sculptures; Heritage Trees; and historical Burkhill Hall with its prized collection of VIP orchids such as Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher and Papilionanda William Catherine. The tour will end with a visit to the SBG's Heritage Museum which features artefacts, plant specimens, rare botanical books and botanical paintings that date back to the early 19th century. Here you will learn about the key personalities that have shaped and marked this iconic place.

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: Civic District
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

Date: Tuesday 9 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

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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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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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony
Sep
11
9:00 AM09:00

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

Date: Tuesday 11 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

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

Here you'll find a Synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

PLEASE NOTE CONFIRMATION OF THIS TOUR INCLUDING THE EXACT MEETING PLACE ETC 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. WE DO NEED A MINIMUM NUMBER OF 6 TO RUN THESE; OCCASIONALLY WE HAVE TO CANCEL DUE TO INSUFFICIENT PEOPLE — BUT WE TRY NOT TO!

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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

Peatix Orchard Treasures.jpg

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: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Aug
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

Peatix Fort Canning.jpg

Date: Tuesday 21 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

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: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Aug
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

Peatix SG RIVER from Pavla.jpg

Date: Tuesday 14 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

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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