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

Saturday 1 December

Tickets $70 Adult $40 Child

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

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

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

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

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


Later Event: December 1
Black & White Houses Tour