22 & 30 May • 05:00pm
Experience local Arab history as you have never known before, with an immersive and interactive heritage walking tour that will take you on a journey through the history of Arab Peranakans in Singapore.
Organised in collaboration with National Heritage Board as part of the Singapore Heritage Festival 2021, the walk will start at the lush foothills of Fort Canning, and onwards to St Andrew’s Cathedral, Raffles Hotel, and end at Kampung Glam.
Learn surprising facts, make discoveries and hear stories of wealthy Arab merchants, philanthropists and civic leaders, and the long-lasting marks they have left in shaping the Singapore that we see and experience today.
For example, did you know that a Singaporean Arab trader donated land on which St. Andrew’s Cathedral stands, so that colonial settlers could have a place of worship?
You will listen to how Arabs mixed and mingled with other local ethnic communities, influencing and shaping each other to give birth to an Arab culture that is distinctly unique to the region, as embodied in their cuisines, perfumes, and cultural practices.
That’s not all – at the end of this 2-hour journey, rest your weary feet at the historical Arab enclave of Kampong Glam, where you will be treated to a spectacular, rarely-seen live performance of Arab song and dance.
Get your tickets today! All paying participants will receive a specially put-together goodie bag!
Please note there are 2 separate runs for this trail, please select the date of your choice.
Meeting Point: Carpark near Registry of Marriages Singapore, Canning Rise
*Registration will take place between 4.30-4.45pm. Please arrive no later than 4.45pm.
Guided walking trail covers the following areas:
1) Spice Garden, Fort Canning Park
2) Civic District – National Gallery, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Raffles Hotel
3) Kampong Glam – Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Alsagoff Arab School, Jamal Kazura Aromatics
Ending Point/Performance Venue: Malay Heritage Centre
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Note: The walking trail will take 2 hours and is about 5.2km on mostly flat ground. The trail is not recommended for children under 10 years old or for those with underlying health conditions. This is a rain or shine event.