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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Among the various ethnic enclaves, the Peranakans are undoubtedly one of SE Asia’s most colourful and distinctive communities, which in Singapore consists of mainly a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women. Their love of colour, patterns and sheer drama is evidenced in their material culture and beliefs.

Join us for a walk through one the most distinctive Peranakan enclaves in Singapore. Former coconut plantations, atop roofed kampongs and seaside retreat for the wealthy, Katong and Joo Chiat areas are like an exciting dish, with delightful cultures, delicious flavours and rich architectural heritage. Here we will meet some of the local characters and explore their legacy, including pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with their ornate façades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

We will also enter the Chinese temple of philanthropy and mercy, discover an old parish Anglican church with its closely-knit community serving from grandfathers to their grandchildren and visit one of Singapore’s oldest Indian temple – a reminder of the neighbourhood multi-ethnic blend.

We will not only check out the architectural gems and stroll past Singapore’s most unusual shophouses but also mesmerize our taste buds. In ever changing Singapore there are still few traditional eateries that have so much to offer!

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.