Heritage Trails in Singapore

Amara Heritage Trail @Sentosa

You can visit the former site of the British Army in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You'll also can to visit two of the last air raid shelters from World War II at Sentosa.


Ang Mo Kio Heritage Trail

Mention “heartland” and Ang Mo Kio comes to mind for many Singaporeans. Planned and developed in the 1970s. Ang Mo Kio has since grown from a collection of various kampongs into a modern town teeming with delicious hawker food, small businesses and high-rise buildings.

Ang Mo Kio used to be an area with large expanses of swamps and tributaries of rivers running through it before it became a residential town known for having popular hawker food stalls. This trail, which includes a stop at the scenic Lower Pierce Reservoir (above), is an easy 2.4km walk.


A Stroll in the Jewish Quarters

The Jewish community has played a significant role in Singapore’s development. Sir Manasseh Meyer — a philanthropist who contributed to the founding of two synagogues in Singapore and construction of Raffles College — and David Marshall — a prominent member of Singapore’s political scene.

Start your journey to visit the Maghain Aboth Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in Southeast Asia and then the Jacob Ballas Centre.


Balestier Heritage Trail

The Balestier precinct is named after Joseph Balestier, the first American Consul to Singapore, who owned a sugarcane plantation there. It is one of Singapore’s most prized historical districts and it really is a must-visit for all Singaporeans.

Balestier is holds the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall; Sasanarmsi Burmese Buddhist Temple; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the former Malay Film Productions studio; religious and cultural institutions such as Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple, Thong Teck Sian Tong Lian Sin Sia and Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau; as well as numerous sports clubs located on Balestier Plain.

This trail is also famous one good place for the foodies, shops selling lighting equipment and bathroom goods.


Bedok Trail

With 10 markers spread along a 15km route, you’ll discover Bedok’s long history, from its kampung beginnings to its key role in the East Coast Reclamation Scheme.

There's many good place you can visit such as Chai Chee; Siglap Frankel Estate and Opera Estate; Former Coastline; Jalan Puay Poon; Seafront Homes and a Holiday Lifestyle; Military Landmarks in the East; Kampong Bedok; Simpang Bedok and Koh Sek Lim; Highlands of Bedok; Fengshan Estate

For you foodies, you can check out Hua Yu Wee - a seafood restaurant housed in a 1920s bungalow, reminiscent of the seaside dining scene of the past.


Bukit Timah Heritage Trail

Through the Bukit Timah Heritage Trail, you can learn more about the area’s history.

Begining your journey at the Former Ford Factory for a fresh perspective of World War II in Singapore, visit Bukit Timah Nature Reserve get to know the wildlife and botany or visit to the Old Bukit Timah Railway Station it's good place to take picture.


Chinatown Heritage Trail

Chinatown is one of the best areas to visit for a deeper insight into the lives of the Chinese community when they first settled in Singapore during the 1820s. There are 4 distinct sub-districts within the Chinatown heritage zone, namely Telok Ayer, Kreta Ayer, Bukit Pasoh and Tanjong Pagar.

A trip to Chinatown isn't complete without to visit various historical relics such as Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown Heritage Centre and People's Park Complex or try local food at Chinatown Complex Food Centre.


Geylang Serai Foot Trail

Geylang Serai Heritage Trail covers a large area, from Lorong 22 Geylang in the west to Geylang Serai in the east, and from Sims Avenue in the north to Guillemard Road in the south.

Have plenty of historical buildings and religious places of worship, the Geylang Serai area is a quintessential example of the racial harmony in Singapore. There are many landmark you can visit such as Amitabha Buddhist Centre; Nan Hai Fei Lai Guan Yin Monastery; Coronation Baptist Church; Former Eastern Aerated Water Company; Char Yong (Dabu) Assocation, Singapore; Singapore Buddhist Federation Building; 1920s Terrace Shophouses; Soon Thian Keing (Tua Konsi) LTD; Thong Kheng Charitable Institution; Khadijah Mosque; Pre-War Double; Storey Terrace Houses; Former Queen's Theatre; Former Geylang Fire Station


Hougang Heritage Trail

Hougang’s Teochew legacy can still be seen, from road names to institutions and landmarks that were established to serve the Teochew community. There were also other communities in the area, such as the Hokkien and Hainanese dialect groups and a sizeable Eurasian community.

Explore your journey to see a variety of historical and religious buildings here, such as 5th Milestone; Ah Seah Teochew Porridge; Block 25; Chee Tong Temple; Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Former Simon Road Market; Hougang Tou Mu Kung; Masjid Haji Yusoff; Neo Kian Guan; Confectionery Cakes; Paya Lebar Methodist Church; Phoh Kiu Siang Tng; Rainbow Block 316; Ramakrishna Mission; The Serangoon Khiung Jai Co; Villagers Association; St Pauls Church; Teck Chye Terrace; Tian Kong and Kanacanarama Buddhist Temple; Tua Jia Kar; Zi Yun Kai Ji Gong


Jalan Besar Heritage Trail

The Jalan Besar Heritage Trail tells a tale of two former swamps.

Bound between Jalan Besar, Kitchener Road, Serangoon Road and Petain Road,there has New World, this is a park for people from all walks of life until its closure in 1987. You can also visit other place like the Central Sikh Temple and Chwee Kang Beo Temple.


Jubilee Walk

The Jubilee Walk is an eight-kilometer trail that connects the past, present, and future elements of the Singapore story, from ancient Temasek to the colonial era, to nationhood, rapid urban development, and beyond.

Launched in 2015 to commemorate 50 years of Singapore's independence, the Jubilee Walk marks an important milestone in nation-building and is a lasting physical legacy of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

There are many historic and religious bulidings you can visit here such as National Museum of Singapore; Fort Canning Park; Peranakan Museum; Jubilee Walk; Singapore Philatelic Museum - Jubilee Walk; National Archives of Singapore; Armenian Apostolic Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator; Central Fire Station - Jubilee Walk; Old Hill Street Police Station - Jubilee Walk; The Singapore River; Asian Civilisations Museum; Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall - Jubilee Walk; Esplanade Park Memorials; The Padang; National Gallery Singapore; The Arts House at The Old Parliament - Jubilee Walk; Parliament House; Fullerton Building - Jubilee Walk; The Fullerton Waterboat House - Jubilee Walk; Merlion Park
Jubilee Bridge; Esplanade Theatres on the Bay; Helix Bridge - Jubilee Walk; Gardens by the Bay - Jubilee Walk; Marina Barrage - Jubilee Walk


Jurong Heritage Trail

Explore the story of Jurong when it was formerly covered with plantations, and follow its transformation into Singapore’s first industrial estate. Many would remember Jurong by the formation of Jurong Industrial Estate in the 1950s, and subsequently the operationalisation of Jurong Port in 1965, all of which gave Jurong its reputation of "an industrial town".

Besides that, there are also many historical and religious buildings that you can visit here such “60 Stalls” (六十档) at Yung Sheng Road and “Market I”; Around the Jurong River; Former Jurong Drive-In Cinema; Science Centre Singapore; Jurong Town Hall; Jurong Railway; Pandan Reservoir; Jurong Hill; Jurong Port and Shipyard; SAFTI; The Origins of Peng Kang and Boon Lay, Jurong West Neighbourhood Park; Hong Kah Village; Nanyang University; Singapore; Discovery Centre; Army Museum of Singapore; Arulmigu Murugan Temple; Chinese Garden; Japanese Garden; Church of St Francis of Assisi; Jurong Bird Park; Jurong Brickworks; Industry and Dragon Kilns; Masjid Hasanah; Former Taman Jurong Camp; Tong Whye Temple; Tuas Tua Pek Kong Temple


Kampong Glam Heritage Trail

Kampong Glam is one of Singapore’s most colourful districts. It was where the Malay royalty once resided, many diverse communities, such as the Javanese, Sumatrans, Baweanese, Banjarese, Arabs, Chinese and Indians.

Kampong Glam Trail is the best place to immerse yourself in the Malay heritage of Singapore which will take you through the Kampong Glam area, Arab Street, Beach Road, Jalan Sultan and Victoria Street.


Little India Heritage Trail

Featuring over 40 heritage sites across four kilometers, the Little India Heritage Trail offers three specially curated thematic routes that bring you across the precinct’s historical landmarks, places of worship, and retail offerings.

Little India is home to many traditional businesses that offer experiences that cannot be found elsewhere in Singapore. This trail offers a chance to try authentic Indian food, purchase traditional clothing and/or hunt for bargains at various shops in this area. A trip to Little India is not complete without a visit to the Indian Heritage Centre to looking to dive into Indian heritage or visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples, otherwise, take a trip to Foochow Methodist Church and the Masjid Angullia for a look at the other religious sites in Little India.


Orchard Heritage Trail

The Orchard Road area has transformed from a countryside retreat in the 1800s to the heart of Singapore’s tourism and retail scene. You can watching Orchard Road Christmas Light-up and shopping and enjoy Great Singapore Sale. Through the Orchard Heritage Trail, discover the communities including the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Jews, settled down in the Orchard Road area, institutions, businesses, and natural heritage that contribute to this area’s rich history.

There are many good place you can explore and take photo in here such as Dhoby Ghaut; MacDonald House; SMA House; Cathay Building; YMCA; Orchard Road Presbyterian Church; Dhoby Ghaut Green; Red Cross House; Istana Park; House of Tan Yeok Nee; Penang Road Open Space; Winsland House II; Former Orchard Road Market; Cuppage Terrace; Sian Teck Tng; Emerald Hill; Former Singapore Chinese Girls' School; Mandarin Orchard Hotel; The Heeren; Masjid Al Falah; Cairnhill; Ngee Ann City; Tang Plaza; Goodwood Park Hotel; Royal Thai Embassy; Tudor Court; Gleneagles Hospital; Singapore Botanic Gardens


Pasir Ris Heritage Trail

Mention Pasir Ris, and people are likely to recall memories of seaside adventures, holiday stays in chalets, and public housing flats distinguished by maritime-themed design motifs.

There's many beautiful place you can explore here such as Adventure Playground; Bumboat Playground; Downtown East; Elephant Playground; Flats with lighthouse facade; Flats with porthole motifs; Former People's Association Holiday Flats; Green corridor along Sungei Api Api; Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple; Mangrove Forest; Masjid Al-Istighfar; Pasir Ris Beach; Pasir Ris Hawker Centre; Pasir Ris Park; Pasir Ris Town Park; PAssion WaVe @ Pasir Ris; Riverfront flats along Sungei Api Api; Sakya Tenphel Ling; Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines

You can also discover the mangrove forest within Paris Ris Park (which also has an impressive three-storey bird-watching tower).


Public Art Walking Trail

Singapore has many public artworks scattered across the city center. From traditional figurative bronze statues to more contemporary abstract forms, they tell the story of Singapore's heritage, aspirations, and developments.

Located around the central Civic District, the artworks showcase the variety of styles and mediums used.

For those of you who are like of photography, it can be good choice for you to explore this place: Endless Flow; The Explorer; 20 Tonnes; In the Eye of the Red Dot; Pedas Pedas; A Visit to the Museum Taking the Past Forward; Big Bang; 24 Hours in Singapore; From Chettiars to Financiers; A Great Emporium; The River Merchants; First Generation; The Merlion; Pembungaan; All the Essentially Essential; Pioneering Spirit Vitality of the Forerunner; Struggle for Survival; Chinese Procession Mid-Autumn Lantern Procession; Indian Settlers; Samsui Women


Queenstown Heritage Trail

Queenstown is Singapore’s first satellite town, has plenty of character, from charming old sundry shops to examples of early public housing, and no shortage of good hawker food.

Visits the iconic landmarks which define the Queenstown skyline for the past 60 years such Queenstown Driving Test Centre; Church of the Good Shepherd; Former Forfar House; Princess House; Queenstown Secondary School; Former Thye Hong Biscuit and Confectionery Factory; Jamek Queenstown Mosque; Lee Kong Chian Garden School; Queenstown Baptist Church; Queenstown Public Library; Queenstown Polyclinic; Former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market; Former Venus & Golden City Theatres; Mujahidin Mosque; Former Baharuddin Vocational Institute; The First HDB Blocks & the HDB Terraces; Queenstown Sports Complex; True Way Presbyterian Church; Tiong Ghee Temple; The First Point Blocks; The Butterfly Block & Stirling View Estate; Former Archipelago Brewery Company; Queensway Shopping Centre; Alexandra Hospital; Alexandra Fire Station & Queenstown Neighbourhood Police Centre; Hang Jebat Mosque; Colonial Terraces at Jalan Hang Jebat; Black & White Bungalows; Former Malayan Railways; Flats designed by Singapore Improvement Trust; Sri Muneeswaran Temple & Church of the Blessed Sacrament; Tanglin Halt Neighbourhood Centre; Former Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate; Faith Methodist Church; The First Flatted Factory; Shuang Long Shan Wu Shu Memorial Hall; The VIP Block; Ridout Tea Garden; Commonwealth Crescent Neighbourhood Centre; Queenstown Lutheran Church


Sentosa Nature Heritage Walk

Home to more than 30 carefully conserved heritage trees and buildings, Sentosa also houses Singapore's only fully restored military fort, Fort Siloso. The Sentosa Nature Heritage Walk is an 8 km trail route, where you can explore and learn more about Singapore's heritage.

Starting from Sentosa Boardwalk and ending at the Beach Station, this self-guided walk features historical sites such as the former British Hospital (now Madame Tussauds Singapore) and Mt Imbiah Battery which served as a defense post in the 1800s at the summit of Mount Imbiah.


Sepoy Lines Trail

The Sepoy Lines area including Pearl's Hill and Outram has been a space of great significance in the early migration of Sikhs to Singapore and to the establishment of a settled community.

Some landmarks to visit as part of this learning journey include Former Outram Prison; The Lower Barracks; The Upper Barracks; Former Gurdwara Pearl's Hill; Former Pearl's Hill School; Former Cantonment Sikh Barracks and Gurdwara; Former Sepoy Lines Police Station & Barracks; Former Bhai Maharaj Singh Ji Memorial; Present Bhai Maharaj Singh Ji Memorial; Silat Road Sikh Temple


Singapore River Walk

Since 1819, when modern Singapore was founded, the Singapore River has served as an artery of international commerce that drew people from all over the region to work, trade and seek their fortunes on this island.

The Singapore River Walk traces the development of the Singapore River spanning from Collyer Quay to Robertson Quay.


Tampines Heritage Trail

Most Singaporeans know Tampines to be a vibrant town at the forefront of sustainable urban living.

There three place to explore Tampines Heritage Trail such explore to Tampines Town Trail, explore to Religious Institutions Trail and explore to Green Spaces Trail.


Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Tiong Bahru Road stretches for more than three kilometers from Redhill MRT at its western end to Outram Road at its eastern end. Tiong Bahru’ combines two words: ‘Tiong’ (冢), meaning ‘grave' in the Hokkien dialect, and the Malay word ‘bahru’ (also spelt ‘baru’), which means ‘new’.

Explore the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail at the Origin & Development of Tiong Bahru; Bird Corner & Former Hu Lu Temple; Graves of Tan Tock Seng, Chua Seah Neo & Wuing Neo; The Outram Precinct; Monkey God Temple; The Architecture of Tiong Bahru; Tiong Bahru Community Centre; Seng Poh Garden & Dancing Girl Sculpture; The Horse-Shoe Block; Design of Tiong Bahru Flats


Toa Payoh Trail

Toa Payoh is the first town designed and developed by the Housing & Development Board which spearheaded the development of public housing in Singapore since 1960s.

The Toa Payoh Trail takes you around nine landmarks from its storied past including the 1973 SEAP Games Village, Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery and the iconic dragon playground.

There has good place you can explore at this trail such as Church of the Risen Christ; 1973 SEAP Games Village; Chung Hwa Medical Institution; Toa Payoh Town Park; Toa Payoh Dragon Playground; Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery; Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple; United Temple; Masjid Muhajirin; Toa Payoh Sports Complex; Blk 53 The VIP Block; Toa Payoh Seu Teck Sean Tong Temple; Toa Payoh Methodist Church; Mount Alvernia Hospital; SIA-NKF Dialysis Centre; Tree Shrine at Blk 177


World War 2 Heritage Trail

The Second World War came to Malaya and Singapore on 8 December 1941, one of the most defining moments in Singapore’s history would be World War II.

To commemorate the efforts of those who fought during the war on this island for the peace that we enjoy today, you can visit the Labrador Battery or Long Sand Harbor, the Changi Museum and the Reflections on Chandu Hill.


Yishun-Sembawang Heritage Trail

Yishun and Sembawang share a history that started before urbanization kicked off here in the 1970s. The many religious buildings that still stand, the many traditional performing arts groups that made this area their home base and the many old buildings that stand majestically here are all testimony to the rich multicultural and multireligious and colourful heritage of Yishun and Sembawang.

You can visit Sembawang Hot Spring, its first and only natural hot spring in Singapore, Teochew Memorial Park and Yishun Park.


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