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10 Fascinating Heritage Trails to Embark on with Your Little Ones


Every day we’re rushing from one point to another to go to work, bring the kids to school, grocery shopping, and so on that we don’t realize the history that lies undisturbed in the building and roads we pass by.

For example, most of us shop for Gucci bags and Christian Dior shoes at Orchard Road but we’ve never really thought about what it was before a shopper’s paradise. And what we’ve learned through textbooks and lectures, we’ve probably forgotten.

So why not take a walk down the timeline and explore the forgotten days of olden Singapore.

Here are 10 fascinating heritage trails that’ll bring you and your little ones on an awe-inspiring ride through history!

1. Queenstown Heritage Trail

Queenstown Heritage Trail - Colonial Terraces

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Estimated Distance: 9.6 km
Trail Points:
40

  1. Queenstown Driving Test Centre
  2. Church of the Good Shepherd
  3. Former Forfar House
  4. Princess House
  5. Queenstown Secondary School
  6. Former Thye Hong Biscuit and Confectionery Factory
  7. Jamek Queenstown Mosque
  8. Lee Kong Chian Garden School
  9. Queenstown Baptist Church
  10. Queenstown Public Library
  11. Queenstown Polyclinic
  12. Former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market
  13. Former Venus & Golden City Theatres
  14. Mujahidin Mosque
  15. Former Baharuddin Vocational Institute
  16. The First HDB Blocks & the HDB Terraces
  17. Queenstown Sports Complex
  18. True Way Presbyterian Church
  19. Tiong Ghee Temple
  20. The First Point Blocks
  21. The Butterfly Block & Stirling View Estate
  22. Former Archipelago Brewery Company
  23. Queensway Shopping Centre
  24. Alexandra Hospital
  25. Alexandra Fire Station & Queenstown Neighbourhood Police Centre
  26. Hang Jebat Mosque
  27. Colonial Terraces at Jalan Hang Jebat
  28. Black & White Bungalows
  29. Former Malayan Railways
  30. Flats designed by Singapore Improvement Trust
  31. Sri Muneeswaran Temple & Church of the Blessed Sacrament
  32. Tanglin Halt Neighbourhood Centre
  33. Former Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate
  34. Faith Methodist Church
  35. The First Flatted Factory
  36. Shuang Long Shan Wu Shu Memorial Hall
  37. The VIP Block
  38. Ridout Tea Garden
  39. Commonwealth Crescent Neighbouhood Centre
  40. Queenstown Lutheran Church

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2. Bedok Heritage Trail

Bedok Heritage Trail

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Estimated Distance: 15 km
Trail Points:
10

  1. Chai Chee
  2. Siglap Frankel Estate and Opera Estate
  3. Former Coastline
  4. Jalan Puay Poon
  5. Seafront Homes and a Holiday Lifestyle
  6. Military Landmarks in the East
  7. Kampong Bedok
  8. Simpang Bedok and Koh Sek Lim
  9. Highlands of Bedok
  10. Fengshan Estate

For more information, click here.

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3. Bukit Timah Heritage Trail – Kampong Life Trail

3. Bukit Timah Heritage Trail – Kampong Life Trail - Railway

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Estimated Distance: 3 km
Trail Points:
4

  1. Former Bukit Timah Railway Station
  2. Masjid Al-Huda
  3. Hoon San Temple
  4. Fuyong Estate

For more information, click here.

4. Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail - Graves of Tan Tock Seng-Chua Seng Neo-Wuing Neo

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Estimated Distance: 2.5 km
Trail Points:
10

  1. The Origin & Development of Tiong Bahru
  2. Bird Corner & Former Hu Lu Temple
  3. Graves of Tan Tock Seng, Chua Seah Neo & Wuing Ye Ho
  4. The Outram Precinct
  5. Monkey God Temple
  6. The Architecture of Tiong Bahru
  7. Tiong Bahru Community Centre
  8. Seng Poh Garden & Dancing Girl Sculpture
  9. The Horse-Show Block
  10. Design of Tiong Bahru Flats

For more information, click here.

5. Orchard Road’s Historical Gems

 

Orchard Road’s Historical Gems - Tang Plaza

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Estimated Distance: 2.2 km
Trail Points:
8

  1. Royal Thai Embassy
  2. Tang Plaza
  3. Goodwood Park Hotel
  4. Ngee Ann City
  5. Mandarin Orchard Hotel
  6. The Heeren
  7. Former Singapore Chinese Girls' School
  8. Emerald Hill

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6. Jubilee Walk

Jubilee Walk - The Fullerton Waterboat House

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Estimated Distance: -
Trail Points:
24

  1. National Museum of Singapore - Jubilee Walk
  2. Fort Canning Park - Jubilee Walk
  3. Peranakan Museum - Jubilee Walk
  4. Singapore Philatelic Museum - Jubilee Walk
  5. National Archives of Singapore - Jubilee Walk
  6. Armenian Apostolic Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator - Jubilee Walk
  7. Central Fire Station - Jubilee Walk
  8. Old Hill Street Police Station - Jubilee Walk
  9. The Singapore River - Jubilee Walk
  10. Asian Civilisations Museum - Jubilee Walk
  11. Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall - Jubilee Walk
  12. Esplanade Park - Jubilee Walk
  13. The Padang - Jubilee Walk
  14. National Gallery Singapore - Jubilee Walk
  15. The Arts House at The Old Parliament - Jubilee Walk
  16. Parliament House - Jubilee Walk
  17. Fullerton Building - Jubilee Walk
  18. The Fullerton Waterboat House - Jubilee Walk
  19. Merlion Park - Jubilee Walk
  20. Jubilee Bridge - Jubilee Walk
  21. Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
  22. Helix Bridge - Jubilee Walk
  23. Gardens by the Bay - Jubilee Walk
  24. Marina Barrage - Jubilee Walk

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7. Little Indian Heritage Trail – Serangoon in the 1900s

Little Indian Heritage Trail – Serangoon in the 1900s - Residences of Tan Teng Niah

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Estimated Distance: 1.35 km
Trail Points:
11

  1. Indian Heritage Centre
  2. Former House of Tan Teng Niah
  3. Mural of Traditional Trades of Little India by Psyfool
  4. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
  5. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
  6. Chinese Clan Associations
  7. Foochow Methodist Church
  8. Mural of Ride Through Race Course Road
  9. Former Kendang Kerbau Hospital
  10. Former Tekka Market

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8. World War 2 Trail

World War 2 Trail

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Estimated Distance: -
Trail Points:
20

  1. Sarimbun Beach Landing
  2. Battle at Kranji Beach
  3. Withdrawal to Singapore
  4. Jurong-Kranji Defence Line
  5. Bukit Batok Memorials
  6. Battle at Bukit Timah
  7. Force 136 Historic Marker
  8. Execution of Captured Rimau Commandos Historic Marker
  9. Battle at Pasir Panjang
  10. Labrador Battery
  11. Sentosa Beach Massacre Site
  12. Keppel Harbour
  13. Sook Ching Inspection Centre
  14. Fort Canning Command Centre
  15. Kempeitai East District Branch
  16. Former Cathay Building (now The Cathay)
  17. Indian National Army Memorial
  18. Seletar Airfield
  19. Punggol Beach Massacre
  20. Changi Beach Massacre

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9. Balestier Heritage Trail – Faith, Film and Food

Balestier Heritage Trail – Faith, Film and Food - Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple

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Estimated Distance: 2.3 km
Trail Points:
11

  1. Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple
  2. Former Rayman School and Estate
  3. Whampoa Makan Place
  4. Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau
  5. Sungei Whampoa
  6. Phang Pheng Mei Temple
  7. Former Malay Film Productions Studio
  8. Former Malay Film Productions
  9. Boon Teck Road Water Kiosk and Thong Teck Sian Tong Lian Sin Sia
  10. Kwan Yow Luen Shophouses
  11. Balestier Market

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10. My Community@Katong Trail

My Community@Katong Trail - Preserved Terraces

Estimated Distance: -
Trail Points:
10

  1. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
  2. Site of Former Tay Buan Guan Department Store & Kim Choo Kueh Chang
  3. Red House’ Bakery
  4. East Coast Road Conserved Terrace Houses
  5. Katong Village (Former Joo Chiat Police Station)
  6. Katong Antique House
  7. Church of the Holy Family
  8. Alibabar the Hawker Bar
  9. 328 Katong Laksa
  10. Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

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Photo credits National Heritage Board

 

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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day



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