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The Armenians (including a drink at the Raffles Hotel) - Fri 17 May

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Meet Our Communities: The Armenians including an optional drink at Raffles Hotel

Ticket price :
S$70 walking tour only
S$85 Tour plus "Virgin" SG Sling at Raffles Long Bar
S$95 Tour plus Original SG Sling at Raffles Long Bar

Travellers visiting the bustling city-state of Singapore may not be aware of the great impact made by the Armenians, one of our smallest minority communities. They have left a legacy incommensurate with their numbers.

Along with the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator (usually just known as the Armenian Church) and its parsonage, there are other reminders of their presence, including the Raffles Hotel, Stamford House (aka The Capitol Kempinski hotel), the Straits Times newspaper, and Singapore’s national flower.

This tour will provide insights into this small but fascinating community that thrived through enterprise and hard work. You will learn about prominent Armenian personalities and how they made their mark and established their roots in 19th-century Singapore through religion, commerce and community.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the newly curated Armenian Heritage Gallery housed at the ground level of the Parsonage building. The Heritage Gallery is the first Armenian museum of its kind in Asia that explores the journey and achievements of the Armenian Communities in Asia from the early days of settlement through to the present day. It features rare artifacts, books, photos and other historical items collected from the various community archives in Singapore, Asia, Armenia and worldwide.

We will end our tour at the recently restored historic Long Bar of the Raffles hotel, home of the Singapore Sling. While you enjoy the celebrated cocktail (original or virgin!) , we will share with you the fascinating stories of the Raffles hotel as well as the tale on the invention of this famous cocktail....