Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue, called “Singapore’s hippest hood” by CNN, and known by locals as one of the most happening areas on the island, everyone loves Tiong Bahru’s old-world charm.
Visiting this quaint neighbourhood, you immediately notice an intriguing mix of old and new. The transformation from swamp to swank began in the 1930s, and some of the landmarks from that era still stand today, including the residential blocks and the first Monkey God Temple dedicated to the main character from the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.
Our walk takes us around one of Singapore’s oldest public residential estates to explore pre-war and post-war architecture and learn about the history and stories associated with this charming and picturesque neighbourhood with its rows of quaint art deco buildings.
Discover Tiong Bahru’s rich stories of prominent pioneer community leaders and residents who were born in the air raid shelter during World War II. And, learn about the religion, customs, culture and food unique to the area and to Singapore.
Meet your guide at Bird corner beside the Link Hotel
Our guide was Elaine who was very informative & enthusiastic. She took the time to get to know everyone’s name and it was a pleasure to be in her company. It was an extremely enjoyable three and half hour tour and Elaine also took the time to email everyone in the group afterwards with a list of all the hawkers & shops where we sampled the food.
I would highly recommend this tour
Elaine, with a wealth of knowledge of her beautiful home country and her love for Art Deco and architecture took us through the quaint alleyways, past shophouses and the bustling local food outlets – we even managed to stop and grab a delicious Almond Tart! Hearing the stories behind the beginnings of Tiong Bahru also known as the “new cemetery” was fascinating. Learning the history and seeing the first stand alone “bomb shelter” and the only “air raid” shelter in Singapore gives this beautiful little area an even more reason to come and visit.
Jane and Elaine thank you so much! We had a great evening and very much looking forward to booking our next tour with you.
As a resident of Singapore, I feel lucky to have been able to take advantage of more tours with Jane’s Tours than I can count. 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…
Every tour is a winner!
The name Orchard Road conjures up visions of gleaming high rise apartment buildings, glitzy shopping malls, and office towers filled with glamorous hotels and high-end restaurants. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that there’s a rich history lurking among the monuments to shopping and consumption, with nearby gems like Emerald Hill providing oases of tranquillity.
‘Tiong Bahru Art Deco & Palm Trees’ – Photo Angie & James Do Stuff
‘Tiong Bahru Art Deco 3 story Block’ – Photo: Heidi Sarna
‘Tiong Bahru Art Deco Fruit’ – Photo: Paige Okun
‘Tiong Bahru Wall Art & Jane’ ‘ – Photo: Paige Okun
‘Tiong Bahru Art Deco 4 story Block’ – Photo: Heidi Sarna