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Bicentennial Tour: 200 Years of Religion - Wed 15 May

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Price $75 / ticket
200 Years of Keeping the Faith in Singapore - Temples, Mosques & Churches

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.

Everyone knows Singapore is a cosmopolitan melting-pot of various races where its people live in harmony. And everyone knows Singapore has four official languages.

But not everyone knows that Singapore recognises 10 official religions — each with its own holy days and ways of worshipping and celebrating their festivals. These are Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Jainism and the Bahá'í Faith.

On this specially-curated tour, see the area where many of our immigrants first landed, kissed the ground to give thanks for their safe arrival, and almost immediately built their houses of worship. Come hear their tales of faith, how they worshipped and gave thanks, and how they continue to preserve those religious beliefs and traditions to this day.

Finish your experience at a very interesting gallery which showcases these religions and highlights their festivals and celebrations. Come see how this diversity lives harmoniously in our small but wonderfully heterogeneous country.

“A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” — Mahatma Gandhi