Historic Walking Areas in Singapore

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Historic Walking Areas in Singapore

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  • DuncanTCH
    Rensselaer, NY714 contributions
    The Helix bridge is definitely worth a walk across. It takes you directly into the Marina market and provides great viewing of the Singapore skylight. Make sure that you notice the A,T,G and C’s on the bridge (representing the 4 proteins that make up our DNA) that light up at
    Written 9 November 2022
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  • irenesiah
    Singapore, Singapore394 contributions
    Just within 5min walking distance from Chinatown MRT (Exit A), Temple Street (just beside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple) has amazing wall murals that will capture your attention even from afar. Definitely great for anyone who likes to know a little more about the country and the local Chinese culture with some visuals. Great for photography as well.
    Written 15 March 2020
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  • alhasan1909
    Lahore, Pakistan934 contributions
    When you're walking along the Singapore river you'll see these statues spread across Depicting the early life in Singapore. Nothing special but the kids found the naked children jumping in the river very funny. I wouldn't go out of my way to see these.
    Written 16 November 2019
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  • JackyTanSG
    Singapore, Singapore2,740 contributions
    A few minutes walk from behind City Square, you will find Petain Road.

    It has a controversial history as it was named after Henri-Philippe Pétain, a French General who led France to victory against Germany in World War 1. But later on in his eighties, he also collaborated with Nazi regime and adopted repressive measure against Jews. Hence, people who understands may not feel okay when there is a road named after the French General.

    Today, this quiet street is home to a row of charming conservation terraced houses. The controversy today is that the back alley is also a designated red light district of Singapore.

    Hence, the beautiful road though small, has a very rich controversial history.
    Written 30 August 2020
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia26,868 contributions
    This is not an area of Singapore that is well known to tourists but it appears to be one of the hippiest places in Singapore with loads of history. It came to life from a swamp in the 1930's with Art Deco apartments most of which have been retained as they were.There are some interesting restaurants, a market that sells street food that is great, a 90 year old temple (Monkey Temple) and the buildings themselves are worth seeing. There are no bright lights and signs and the place has a trendy vibe. Catch the Green Line to Tiong Bahru, take a left and walk Tiong Bahru Road and then go into the area with the art deco apartments and follow your nose.
    Written 25 March 2018
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,086 contributions
    South Bridge Road is named as it is south of the Elgin Bridge. It connects the “Big Town”(current Chinatown Precinct) with the “Small Town” (present North Bridge Road area). It is a major road and many businesses were set up along this road. There are two religious landmarks, the Jamae Mosque and the Sri Mariamman Temple built in 1826 and 1827 respectively along this road. There are many two or three storey shophouses built in different times. Exception is No 251 which is four storey. Many shophouses here are considered modern and were built with steel and reinforced concrete. They are simple with common features like thin sunshade fins and the iconic flagstaff.
    No. 22 used to be one place to go to for winter clothes and items.
    Previously there was a high concentration of goldsmiths, jewellers and pawn shops but only a few remain today such as On Cheong Jewellery (No 251) which was established in 1936.
    A number of hostels and boutique hotels have replaced these goldsmiths such as Alder Hostel and Heritage Hostel.
    There used to be a few branches of banks located here. The prominent one was the OCBC whose art-deco style logo can still be seen at Nos. 237-243. There is no banks here now.
    One of the oldest stores here is Eu Yan Sang at Nos. 267-271. This is the first Eu Yan Sang outlet in Singapore set up by Eu Tong Sen. The building was designed by Alfred Bidwell from the firm Swan & Maclaren. He was also responsible for the design of the Raffles Hotel and Victoria Memorial Hall.
    One of the oldest confectioneries, Tong Heng, is located at No 285 and it is famous for its egg tarts.
    Written 20 June 2021
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  • kim buay p
    Singapore, Singapore11,086 contributions
    I visited its open house and took a guided tour in June 2019 during the weekend. This elegant building was designed by Thomas A. Cargill, a Freemason and municipal engineer. It was built in the English Renaissance style with white doric columns on the ground floor but ionic columns on the first storey. The beige exterior walls are decorated with white floral garlands and panels of their dark blue iconic logo of the square and compass.

    The building’s basement houses the Masonic library and offices, while the ground floor is occupied by a kitchen, restaurant and bar. Members of the public are allowed to dine in the restaurant.
    The second floor of the building, known as the Temple, has various rooms used for Masonic meetings and ceremonies.

    William Napier and William Henry Macleod Read were the first and second Singapore Freemasons to be initiated. The latter became the first District Grand Master of the Eastern Archipelago from 1858 to 1885.
    Freemasonry in Singapore was founded in 1845 and Sir Stamford Raffles was a Freemason.
    John Turnbull Thomson, another Freemason , was the builder of the Horsburgh Lighthouse on Pedra Branca in 1851. Horsburgh Lighthouse is the first lighthouse in the world to have a masonic ceremony held at the laying of the foundation stone.
    Written 20 May 2021
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  • NanaSPI
    Singapore, Singapore80 contributions
    Built in the late 1870s, Istana Woodneuk was built by Johor Sultan Abu Bakar ibni Daing Ibrahim for his wife, Sultana Fatimah (Turkish princess given by Ottoman Empire). However, it was destroyed by fire in 1925 and was renamed to Istana Wooden York in 1935 after rebuilding. As luck would have it, the structure was again damaged by fire due to bombing during the Japanese invasion in 1942. It as later renovated by Malcolm McDonald in 1945. It was said that from 1957 to 1986, there was a care taker responsible for upkeeping the building. However, after his demised in 2004, the entire place was left uncared for. As bad luck never left the place, it was again destroyed by fire by drug addicts in 2006. No repair was done after that.

    Nestled in the dense vegetation between Holland Road and Tyersall Avenue, this abandoned mansion though lost it's previous glory, still retains it's magnificent stature.

    The exterior looks dilapidated and unkept with plants growing all over the place. The main hall retains it's grand stature though there are signs of wear and tear. Lots of old switches with no electrical supplies were found in the compound. Most of the rooms have become storage place for random strangers. The second floor has a balcony facing a whole field of spectacular greenery. Even though it looks really aged, I can only imagine its former beauty.

    After a tiring bash through the dense vegetation, we were all tired out and decided to follow the path out but realised that it leads to a construction site. We pleaded with the workers to let us out. So friends, if you are thinking of visiting the place, do note that it is no longer open to public.
    Written 9 July 2015
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  • vasavapr
    Lappeenranta, Finland704 contributions
    The visual art trails is set of sculptures in vicinity of the Cavenagh Bridge and Boat Quay. The list includes First Generation, From Chettiars to Financiers, River Merchants, The Bird and so on. All the sculpture are very beautiful and depicts life in earlier time in Singapore.

    Then there are historic bridges across the Singapore River. The view is even more beautiful at night.
    Written 17 July 2018
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  • Peter Lanky
    Wigan, UK858 contributions
    Part of the Taoist Mission, there are many statues representing generals who stand for each year in a 60 year cycle that also takes in the 12 Chinese years, so each is repeated 5 times during the cycle. I enquired as to what the relevance is of the 60 year cycle and was informed that at 60 years one is reborn and start life over again, or something like that. I don't understand the concept, but it was very interesting to learn about it.
    Written 28 February 2018
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK160,530 contributions
    This is a lovely walk that will take you through much of Fort Canning Park to see the sculptures and past fort structures in the park. The National Parks of Singapore has actually published an itinerary of the trail on their website and it’s worth downloading the map. It's a great way to spend an hour or two walking through this great park while seeing some artwork, including the sculptural ensemble celebrating ASEAN, with the option to take detours to see some of the great themed gardens in the park.
    Written 11 March 2020
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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia26,868 contributions
    One of many old buildings in Telok Ayer Street this Hakka Clan House is the oldest in Singapore.A Clan House is a building that houses a group or clan of people from the same region or with the same dialect in China. Interesting building but not the best in Telok Ater Street but with National Heritage listing and worth a look.
    Written 20 March 2019
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  • efratadenny
    Bandung, Indonesia427 contributions
    This is where it all began. Started as a master plan in 1822 by founder of Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles to cater to the needs of a thriving trade post, the Civic District is where Singapore's most important buildings stand. On the banks of Singapore River, you'll find the old Parliament House (now The Arts House), the former City Hall and Supreme Court (now National Gallery Singapore), and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
    Written 23 September 2017
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