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Tour: Kampong Gelam: A Walk Through History a walking tour with Khir Johari
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meeting point: Malay Heritage Centre (Sultan Gate entrance)
date | time: Saturday 21 May 2011 | 9.00 am
cost: $20.00 (Members); $35.00 (Others)
reservations: shs.secretary@gmail.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 20 persons.
Book early!!!

 

 

 

 

About Kampung Gelam
The area known as Kampung Gelam (KG) extends beyond the beaten paths of Bussorah, Baghdad and Arab Streets. I would like to invite participants to experience (through perhaps a little imagination) what Kampung Gelam was like when I was growing up there. Given its unique history and background, Kampung Gelam is much more than a ‘Malay area’. Unlike Geylang Serai or Kampung Ubi, Kampung Gelam was once a cosmopolitan settlement of Muslims from diverse ethnicities fused by a common faith and way of life. It was Singapore’s earliest Muslim Quarter. Aspects of social and cultural life (people, trades) will be a key feature in this tour.

About Khir Johari

 

Born and raised in Kampung Gelam, Khir Johari rediscovered his roots while living in Silicon Valley. A mathematics educator by training and a foodie by birth, Khir gets a kick from getting kids excited about learning mathematics and wouldn’t mind cheese tasting in class to teach the concept of percentage and angles in a circle. The combination of history addiction and the love for Nature’s beauty has made him an incorrigible traveler.

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