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Jalan Besar Heritage Tour

  • 7 Oct 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Beneath the seeming ordinariness lies a rich and diverse community that remains unique from Singapore’s other neighborhoods. Welcome to Jalan Besar! The working man's district, where hardware stores and machinery repair shops are cheek by jowl with hipster cafes, backpacker inns, yummy food stalls, nightclubs and karaoke bars. In the words of one resident, the area exudes a certain sense of darkness and exoticism, an almost schizophrenic existence with traditional places open in the day and a totally different set of businesses open at night.

We will hear stories of the most famous nightclub of a bygone era and also the infamous 'Thieves Market' which closed after having been in operation for 8 decades. Discover the unique and striking shophouses, some which boast of facades seen nowhere else in Singapore.

Come join this tour to explore a 'hidden city with a global soul', one that has gone from swamp to shops and sleaze and now to swag.

Meeting point: Farrer Park MRT exit H street level, in front of City Square Mall

Please note: There are lots of walking, so please put on comfortable shoes, bring an umbrella and a bottle of water.

Please note: A minimum number of participants is needed for the tour to proceed. Tour will be cancelled should the required minimum number of participants not be met 2 days before the tour date. Your ticket will be refunded in this case.

To be on the safe side we as German Association accept only participants who have communicated their status as “vaccinated” to us before the tour. This way, we can have easy and enjoyable tours as you know them. Thanks for your understanding!



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