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Tiong Bahru Trail

Public housing in Tiong Bahru Singapore

Over the past two decades, Tiong Bahru has transformed from a mix of hills and swampy lowlands to one of Singapore’s most coveted residential areas. The Tiong Bahru Trail — launched by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in 2013 — explores the contrast between Tiong Bahru’s then-and-nows, and makes for an excellent and leisurely stroll.

Featuring 10 heritage markers, the trail begins at the famed Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, and goes on to explore other unusual landmarks such as Tan Tock Seng’s grave, Singapore’s first public housing air raid shelter, the iconic Tiong Bahru pre- and post-war flats, and Singapore’s first Monkey God Temple.

Distance: ~ 3.9km
Number of Steps: ~ 4,300
Time needed: ~ 1 hour at a leisurely pace

Download the Tiong Bahru Trail walking guide.

Good to know: Regular guided tours are offered by Tiong Bahru Heritage Volunteers. Email them or go to their Facebook page for updates.

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Balestier Trail

Traditional shophouses and modern buildings in Singapore

The Balestier Trail begins at the Gor Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple, set up by labourers on the northern fringes of Joseph Balestier’s sugarcane estate established back in the 1830s.

Other notable landmarks include the Former Shaw Malay Film Studios that sparked the legend of P. Ramlee, Bin Chan house that now stands as the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, as well as surviving traditional bakeries that display racks of fragrant and fresh loaves.

Distance: ~ 8.8km
Number of Steps: ~ 8,700
Time needed: ~ 2 hours at a leisurely pace

Download the Balestier Trail walking guide. A free mobile app is also available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Jubilee Walk

Central Fire Station in Singapore

Launched in 2015 to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, the trail starts at the National Museum of Singapore and includes landmarks like Fort Canning Park — once the seat of Temasek, the Malay Kingdom of the 14th century, the Peranakan Museum, the Armenian Church and the iconic Central Fire Station.

Around the river, you can explore more historic gems like the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, as well as Esplanade Park (”Satay Club” for the older folks) before heading onto much newer landmarks such as the Helix Bridge, the Esplanade theatres and Gardens by the Bay.

Number of Steps: ~11,000
Distance: ~ 9.60km
Time needed: 2½ hours at a leisurely pace (without getting distracted by the attractions)

Download the Jubilee Walk guide. A free mobile app is also available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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