I signed up for the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB). Held every first Saturday of the month, the guided tour (lasting 2 hours) features 10 marker sites along a 2.5 km trail. It offers unique insights into the history of Tiong Bahru. I am posting some of the interesting marker sites here.
First stop, Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre which dates back to 1945 was reopened in 2006 after a renovation. There are now more parking lots for diners who drive here to eat. I had my dinner here after the tour. There are many famous food stalls here.
A market store which has been around for more than 30 years.
This metal structure allows bird owners to hang their birdcages on. It was built by the owner of a coffee-shop named Wah Heng. Customers hung their birdcages on it while they enjoyed their drinks at the coffee-shop. The coffee-shop no longer exists, in its place stands Link Hotel.
It was a surprise discovering the grave of Singapore pioneer Tan Tock Seng. Photo above shows the grave of his daughter-in-law Wuing Neo.
This 93-year-old Monkey God temple in Eng Hoon Street was founded in 1920. It is the first temple here to be dedicated to the worship of the Monkey God.
We had a glimpse of the pre-war air-raid shelter at Block 78, Moh Guan Terrace. Built in 1940, this first civilian air-raid shelter provided shelter from Japanese bombs during World War II.
It was a tiring but enjoyable tour. Our volunteer guide Mr Barnie Leow, who is a long-time resident in Tiong Bahru, not only showed us the gems of Tiong Bahru, he also entertained us with many juicy stories of the area. I am most fascinated by the area’s unique pre-war and post-war architecture.
Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail is offered to the public every first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Gathering point of the tour is at the Tiong Bahru Community Centre. Tour participants will be charged a nominal fee of $2 each. Proceeds will go towards the Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru Community Development Welfare Fund.