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Tour: The Historical Malay Cemetery at Kampung Gelam

10am, Saturday 16 August 2014
Meet: Malay Heritage Centre (visitors’ counter)
Limited to 20 participants
Free: This tour is for SHS members only.
To register, email shs.secretary@gmail.com

Join Dr Imran bin Tajudeen who has been researching this significant part of Singapore’s history as he shows what this important site preserves of our past and the dire need to protect it.

The graveyards around Jalan Kubor off Victoria Street, Kampung Gelam, is the only sizable cemetery connected with early 19th century Singapore – and possibly with settlements preceding 1819 – that is still largely undisturbed. It is an important part of Kampung Gelam’s history but has been excluded from the “Kampong Glam Conservation District” boundary. Forming part of the old royal port town that was developed when Tengku Long of Riau was installed as Sultan Hussein in Singapore, it is aligned along the royal axis of the town. within this compact site is the final resting place of numerous traders and individuals of diverse ethnicity from the old port towns of our region and beyond – neighbouring Riau, Palembang, and Pontianak, as well as Banjarmasin, and Javanese and Bugis ports further afield, as well as persons of Indian and Arab descent. Some of these individuals are buried in family enclosures, mausolea, or clusters.

This walk will highlight tombstone forms and epigraphies that are previously unknown, and bring up the immense variety of forms and written scripts that reflect the socio-cultural diversity of the Malayo-Nusantara community of Kampung Gelam and other Muslim communities from further afield.

Dr Imran bin Tajudeen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He is the lead research consultant for Nusantara Consultancy, which recently completed a research project initiated by the Malay Heritage Centre and National Heritage Board to document Jalan Kubor. His research interests centre around vernacular urbanism, house and mosque architecture in Southeast Asia, and critical perspectives in urban heritage studies. Of relevance to this walk, his article,‘Reading the Traditional City in Maritime Southeast Asia: Reconstructing the 19th century Port Town at Gelam-Rochor-Kallang, Singapore’ was published in the Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture in 2005. His research papers have won prizes at major international conferences, including the ICAS Book Prize 2011 for the best PhD paper in the field of Social Sciences.

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HeritageFest2014: Tour of Armenian Street — Late 19th Century Hub of Education, Faith and Beliefs

Armenian Street is barely 200 meters long but yet it was the place that sparked the ‘fire’ that created many aspects that we take for granted in Singapore. We meet at Armenian Church and learn about the legacy of this community that is still present today. A little further on, we will be in the premises of one of the oldest “secret societies” in Singapore at the Freemasons Lodge.

Still one of the choice schools for parents, we will visit the original Anglo Chinese School which has been transformed into the National Archives. The Anglo Chinese School is related to the Bible Society which can be considered as catalyst for the Christian faith in the region. The Bible Society still exist today in a different form.

Despite the British/ European colonialisation, the early Chinese have staked their claim to a school that is still regarded as one of the best Primary Schools in the island. That legacy has emerged to a celebration of the Peranakan Culture.

In our formative years, the expression of Singaporeans has led to the creation of a venue dedicated to the arts. While Singapore evolved, so has the street and on Armenian Street we will now find the largest private art gallery in Singapore.

A household name that has coped with changing social and political scene, many of us may remember of the MPH bookstore which started here on this street. We will end at the United Chinese Library; a library for the people in the belief of a China without imperial rule.

Meeting Point:
Armenian Church of St. Gregory The Illuminator, 60 Hill St, 179366
19 Jul 2014
9.30am – 12.30pm

Registration starts 1 July via HeritageFest2014
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal

Max Capacity: 20pax

**This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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HeritageFest2014: Geylang Serai/Joo Chiat Uncovered Tour

We will explore on foot of the origins of the migration of the natives along the Geylang River and learn why Geylang Serai is still regarded as the heart of the Malay community (local & expatriate) here in Singapore.

Circumnavigate the diverse variety of residential housing from mass housing HDB apartments, nouveau riche condominiums/ houses, award winning conserved shophouse homes and rare “Malay Houses”.

At the top of a HDB apartment, enjoy broad views across Singapore (and of Johor Malaysia and even of Batam Island Indonesia)

Along the way, sample the famous snacks of the Malay, Peranakan Straits Chinese, Eurasian and of new Vietnamese community that appears to have also stake a claim to the district.

Meeting point: Paya Lebar MRT, ground floor station assistance counter
20 Jul 2014
9.30am – 12.30pm
Max Capacity: 20pax

Registration starts 1 July via HeritageFest2014
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal

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This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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HeritageFest2014: Lighthouse Tour

The earliest record of lighthouses dates back to the 200 CE. Since then lighthouses have been a beacon of light, direction and often hope to the weary traveller and mariners. From the mid-19th century, the East India Company started constructing these towers to guide and warn seafarers through the rocky straits surrounding Singapore island. Today, a number of these lighthouses are still in operation.

During this tour, participants will get a rare opportunity to journey to Raffles Lighthouse, which stands on Pulau Satumu, the southern-most landly possession of Singapore. Visitors will also get a chance to tour the small heritage corner of the Lighthouse and to climb to the top of the tower for a memorable view of Singapore from its southern-most shore.

On the way to Raffles Lighthouse, participants will also sail by the picturesque Sultan Shoal Lighthouse. During the tour, the guide will provide participants with a brief history of the importance of lighthouses in Singapore’s history and the stories behind some of these remarkable beacons of light.

Only open to public above 21 years old
- As a lot of resources had gone into the conduct of the tour, please inform the organiser if you are not able to take part in the tour at least 1 week in advance from the visit date.
- Dress code – No skirt/dresses, covered shoes only (no sandals or slippers)
- Participants are advised to take their own medication for seasickness and related ailments.
- The climb to the top of Raffles Lighthouse is rather steep. You will need to climb up some 90 steps. The climb is not compulsory.
- Please note that photography is not allowed approaching and on the island.

Meeting point: National Museum of Singapore
19 Jul 2014 – 20 Jul 2014
7.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 6.30pm

Registration starts 1 July via HeritageFest2014
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal
Max Capacity / Session: 30 pax

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This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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HeritageFest2014: Tour of Yueh Hai Ching Temple

Singapore’s oldest and most significant Teochew temple, Wak Hai Cheng Bio (the Yueh Hai Ching temple), recently completed its comprehensive restoration that commenced in 2011. Preparation for the restoration started earlier in 2009. The five-year long project was met with many challenges that involves different architectural trades and crafts.

Join Dr Yeo Kang Shua, architectural conservator responsible for the project, on a special guided tour for Singapore Heritage Society Members of the restored temple which dates back to 1895 (in its current form).

Max Capacity: 30 pax

Meeting point: National Museum of Singapore
26 Jul 2014
9.30am – 12.30pm

Registration starts 1 July via HeritageFest2014
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal

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This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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HeritageFest2014: Bukit Brown in the City Tour

Date: 26 July 2014
Meeting place: Raffles Place MRT, Exit A, Street Level

A number of pioneering settlers of 18th and 19th century colonial Singapore who were buried in the Chinese cemeteries of the Greater Bukit Brown Complex (including the first Chinese Municipal Cemetery) are today still remembered by streets and buildings bearing their name.

The activities and efforts of these movers and shakers many of whom were members of leading Chinese families in other contemporary European colonies contributed significantly to colonial Singapore’s transformation from a regional entrepot port to a modern and globally significant trade and finance hub, the enterprise envisaged at its founding in 1819.

Sat, 19 July and Sat, 26 July | 4pm – 6.30pm (for both)

Registration starts 1 July via HeritageFest2014
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal

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This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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HeritageFest2014: The City in Bukit Brown Tour

Date: 27 July 2014
Location: Bukit Brown Cemetery

Between 1922 and the period of the Second World War, a majority of the Chinese residents of Singapore were buried in Bukit Brown cemetery. Some of those buried here, were well-known and distinguished pioneers like Tan Ean Kiam; Gan Eng Seng; Tan Chor Nam; Lim Chong Pang; Tan Kheam Hock; Ong Sam Leong; Tan Boo Liat; See Tiong Wah – and they were leading contributors to the economic, social as well as cultural life of Singapore.
With “City in Bukit Brown”, we invite you to join the “Brownies” who will introduce you to the tombs of these prominent pioneers who landmarked street names and places all over Singapore. Listen to accounts of their lives, their fascinating backgrounds and the endearing legacies they handed down to our generation today.”

Meeting point: National Museum of Singapore
Sun, 20 July and Sun, 27 July | 9am – 11.30am (for both)

Registration starts 1 July via HeritageFest2014
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal

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This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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Awaken the Dragon 2014 – an on-site Workshop

Awaken the Dragon 2014 – an on-site Workshop. Saturday, 14 June 2014/ 11am – 1pm
Location: Jln Bahar Clay Studios, 97L Lor Tawas

The Singapore Heritage Society thanks Tote Board and Singapore Turf Club for their generous support.
Date/ Time: Saturday, 14 June 2014/ 11am – 1pm
Fee: $30
Location: Jln Bahar Clay Studios, 97L Lor Tawas

  • 20min: Introduction to ceramics and Singapore’s dragon kilns; slab pot demonstration
  • 40min: Participants make their own pinch pots
  • 15min: Photo of each participant with their art work.

Min. 20 pax; priority to SHS members + guests.
To register, email shs.secretary@gmail.com

Awaken the Dragon is a community art project surrounding Singapore’s last two Dragon Kilns. The project aims to invite 3,000 members of the public to participate in making a collective sculpture from clay and fired in the Dragon Kiln. This is a unique opportunity for the public to use and experience an important part of our heritage.

Awaken the Dragon has 3 phases: Workshops, Festival and Exhibition. The first Awaken the Dragon in early 2013 reached an estimated 10,000 participants. Awaken the Dragon 2014 is now underway. From May to October, a series of clay workshops will be held around Singapore to:

1. Educate the community about Singapore’s history and heritage in ceramics by sharing the story of the dragon kilns, as well as the basics of ceramics making.

2. Explore the arts, as each individual will be given clay to create their own art work that will represent them in the sea of other art works.

3. Engage the community as they learn to make their own pots that will be placed together with all the art work of the other 3,000 participants, inside the dragon kiln for the biggest ceramic firing in Singapore, in November.

Awaken the Dragon is produced by Michelle Lim and Post-Museum. It is an independent effort that is endorsed by National Arts Council and National Heritage Board.

Stories Behind the Restoration: Yueh Hai Ching: Stories Behind the Restoration

Stories Behind the Restoration:
Yueh Hai Ching: Stories Behind the Restoration
a temple walking tour — to commemorate the International Day on Monuments and Sites

10.00am Saturday 19 Apr 2014
Yueh Hai Ching, 30B Philip Street
Limited to 20 participants
Free
This tour is for SHS members and byregistration only. To join, please email shs.secretary@gmail.com
The Singapore Heritage Society thanks Tote Board and Singapore Turf Club for their generous support.

Singapore’s oldest and most significant Teochew temple, Wak Hai Cheng Bio (the Yueh Hai Ching temple),recently completed its comprehensive restoration that commenced in 2011. Preparation for the restoration started earlier in 2009. The five-year long project was met with many challenges that involves different architectural trades and crafts.

Join Dr Yeo Kang Shua, architectural conservator responsible for the project, on a special guided tour for Singapore Heritage Society Members of the restored temple which dates back to 1895 (in its current form).

The International Day on Monuments and Sites. Every year, 18 April is celebrated around the world as the International Day on Monuments and Sites. For the first time in Singapore,this occasion is being marked by a series of specialist tours of three of our the oldest historic sites by the Singapore Heritage Society. This is not only a day to celebrate our national heritage, but also a day of international solidarity in favour of strengthening and safeguarding Heritage world-wide. http://goo.gl/yY0Cuz

YEO KANG SHUA has worked on many architectural conservation projects and collaborated in many archaeological projects in Singapore. He has published widely on theory of architecture, conservation and history. He was twice part of teams that won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Award of Excellence for the Hong San See Temple Restoration Project (2010);and the inaugural heritage award Jury Commendation for Innovation for Yuhu Elementary School Project in Lijiang, China (2005). He is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Heritage Tour of Mun San Fook Tuck Chee- a temple walking tour

Heritage Tour of Mun San Fook Tuck Chee - a temple walking tour

Sat 22 Feb 2014
9.30-11.30am
Mun San Fook Tuck Chee temple
124 Sims Dr (nearest MRT: Aljuneid)
Fee for SHS members : $10
Fee for non-members : $20
Limited to 20 participants. To join this tour, please register in advanceby emailing shs.secretary@gmail.com

Beneath the nondescript facade of the Mun San Fook Tuck Chee lies a rich history hailing back to the early industrial age of 19th century Kallang. More recently, this temple drew public attention on 26 January, when it was reported its temporary occupation licence will run out in June this year (http://shar.es/QZ6qh).

A gathering place in its early years for Cantonese and Hakka coolies from nearby brickworks and other workshops, it was also the communal centre of the old Sar Kong village of Lor 17 Geylang. Today, despite dramatic changes in the surroundings, the temple’s fire dragon still parades around the HDB estate it is part of during the feast day of its patron deity, “Tai Pak Kung” or the God of the Earth.Join us for stories of coolies and the bricks they made painstakingly by hand, hear about Cantonese deities and lost traditions, and listen to the peal of the temple bell aswe explore this old temple and its neighbourhood.

ANG YIK HAN
An engineer by profession, Yik Han devotes much of his free time to heritage pursuits. He is a coauthor of the book A Boon Returned: The History of Mun San Fook Tuck Chee.

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Gan Clan Association Tour, 30 Nov 2013

Join us for this guided tour where members of the Gan Clan Association will bring you on a 30-minute guided tour of their new heritage centre. Please register early as seats are limited!

Singapore Heritage Society and the Gan Clan Association proudly present:

Gan Clan Association Guided Tour

4-5pm, Saturday 30 November 2013
Gan Clan Association, 18 Bt Pasoh Rd
Register: shs.secretary@gmail.com
Limited to 20 participants
SHS members: Free | Non-members: $10

Organised specially for the Singapore Heritage Society, join us for an afternoon where members of the Gan Glan Association will bring you on a 30-minute guided tour of their new heritage centre.

About the Gan Heritage Centre

Established earlier this year in September,the Gan Heritage Centre traces the history of the Gan community in South-east Asia.

Located at the heart of the Chinatown district, the centre features a “living”heritage concept that provides an interactive experience to the history and rich heritage of the Gan clan dating back more than 2,500 years to their beginnings in China.

Divided into several chapters, the centre presents an illustration and documentation of the story of the Gan clan from its etymological origins to its present status.

Gan Clan Association in the news

Gan Clan on mission to woo youth, Straits Times, 28 July 2013
How Gan clan became ‘happening’, Straits Times, 20 Oct 2013

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Heritage Tour: Royal and Colonial Perak (14-18 June)

A Tour of Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and Ipoh, by Dr Lai Chee Kien

The Singapore Heritage Society is proud to present Royal & Colonial Perak, a journey to the second largest state in Peninsula Malaysia, and its rich heritage cities of Ipoh, Kuala Kangsar and Taiping. This 5 days 4 nights tour (14 to 18 June 2012) is organised by the Singapore Heritage Society and led by local architectural historian, Dr Lai Chee Kien.

Highlights of Heritage Tour

  • Muzium Diraja Kuala Kangsar: A former guest palace for the Sultan of Perak, and a monument of traditional Malay architecture
  • Masjid Ubudiah: Perak’s royal mosque, and often regarded as Malaysia’s most beautiful mosque
  • Perak Museum: The oldest museum in the peninsula
  • Kota Ngah Ibrahim: Build in 1858, this building is currently a museum for Taiping and Perak’s local history
  • Expert tour guide in Dr Lai Chee Kien, an architectural historian well-versed and published in local and regional architectural histories


Itinerary

Cost of Tour

SHS Members pay:

  • S$550 per person (Twin-sharing)
  • S$685 per person (Single)

Non-members pay:

  • S$620 per person (Twin-sharing)
  • S$755 per person (Single)

Cost includes accommodation with breakfast, dinner on day 4, entrance fees, guides and all local transportation.

The following are not included: all other meals, tipping for Malaysian guide and driver, personal travel insurance, telephone, laundry and all other sundry expenses.

To Book

Contact Ms Wendy Chua (Email: shs.secretary@gmail.com) to book a place on this not-to-be-missed tour. This tour is limited to 25 persons only. Hurry!

About Our Guide


DR LAI CHEE KIEN is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He graduated with an M.Arch. by research from NUS in 1996, and from University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Design, in 2005. He is a registered architect in Singapore.

He researches on the histories of art, architecture, landscapes and urban environments in Southeast Asia. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007) and Singapore: Towards Another Botanical Age (2008).

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Curator’s Tour: Adam Park and William Haxworth Exhibitions – A Pictorial Report

Event: Curator’s Tour of the Adam Park and William Haxworth Exhibitions, 31 March 2012 – A Pictorial Report

For just over two hours on a Saturday afternoon, over twenty history and heritage enthusiasts (a full house!) were treated to a extremely enjoyable and engaging guided tour by Lim Chen Sian, a key curator of the two exhibitions – Four Days in February: Adam Park The Last Battle and Images of Internment: The Eye and Art of William Haxworth.

Via Chen’s vivid and candid descriptions of the actions of the First Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, his audience came away with a empathetic understanding of the Cambridgeshires’ four days of forlorn but ultimately gallant defence of the Adam Park area against the marauding Japanese forces in 1942. Involved in the excavation project at Adam Park, which yielded many interesting remnants of the four-day battle, Chen also provided much insight into archaeological techniques and their contribution to a better understanding of Singapore’s military past.

The Curator’s Tour also included the Images of Internment exhbition, where the sketches of a former internee, William Haxworth, are currently displayed. These sketches depicted life as an internee during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, giving much insight into how a group of people attempted to deal with defeat and incarceration.

The two exhibitions are ongoing until 24 June 2012. Please do go visit them at Level 10 of the National Library Building.

For more pictures of the Curator’s Tour, go to our Facebook page HERE.

For pictures of the opening of the two exhibitions, click HERE.

Do look out for more Singapore Heritage Society events in the following weeks:

7 April – Book launch: The Battle of Penang. More information and registration here: http://battleofpenang.eventbrite.com/

14 April – Forum on The Cost and Value of Singapore’s Heritage. More information and registration here: http://costandvalueheritage.eventbrite.com/

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An Ancient Hokkien Musical Tradition in Singapore (17 March 2012)

The Siong Leng Musical Association and the Singapore Heritage Society invites you to celebrate the opening of a new permanent exhibition at the Siong Leng Musical Association!

Join Chinatown expert guide, Chan Chow Wah, as he introduces you to the fascinating history of Siong Leng, Nanyin music and the streets around Bukit Pasoh and Telok Ayer where the Chinese community gathered. You will also be treated to a short performance by the talented musicians of Siong Leng.

Date / Time: Saturday, March 17, 2012, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: 4B Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore, 089818

Register at: http://siongleng17mar.eventbrite.com/ [There are limited places, so register early!]

Event is free and open to all members of the public. Donations to support Siong Leng Musical Association and the Singapore Heritage Society would be very much appreciated.

About Siong Leng Musical Association

The Siong Leng Musical Association 湘灵音乐社 was founded in 1941 to promote Nanyin 南音and Li Yuan Opera 梨园, although its origins in Singapore can be traced back to around 1901 as the Heng Yun Association. The development of the association was closely tied to the waves of Chinese immigration into Singapore and the social history of a growing  Hokkien population. Today, Siong Leng continues to thrive, training generations of young musicians who perform at temple occasions, cultural events, charity events and private functions, most notably at the annual Kusu Island Pilgrimage, the historical Thian Hock Keng Temple and concerts at the Esplanade.

Nanyin music (literally translated as “the music of the South”) has a history of more than 1,000 years.  It is a traditional opera form sung in the Minnan (south Fujian, or Hokkien) dialect and is central to the Minnan culture in southern China, as well as to Hokkien populations overseas. The slow, simple and elegant melodies are performed on distinctive instruments such as a bamboo flute called the dongxiao and a crooked-neck lute played horizontally called the pipa, as well as more common wind, string and percussion instruments. The rich repertoire of songs and scores preserves ancient folk music and poems and has influenced opera, puppet theatre and other performing art traditions. Nanyin is now included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

About the speaker

Chan Chow Wah has an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute in UK and a member of American Anthropological Association and International Oral History Association. In 2006, he was among the inaugural batch of the National Library Board’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellows. Chan works in the creative industry with a Swiss company in Singapore. He has published the book, Light on the Lotus Hill (2009), and produced a video documentary based on the book in 2011.

Find out more about Siong Leng Musical Association

http://siongleng-nanyin.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Siong-Leng-Musical-Association/141656159188926?sk=info

About the Singapore Heritage Society

Founded in 1986, the Singapore Heritage Society is a non-profit, non-government organisation and registered charity. The Society is dedicated to the preservation, transmission and promotion of Singapore’s history, heritage and identity.

http://www.singaporeheritage.org/

https://www.facebook.com/sgheritage

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An Ancient Hokkien Musical Tradition in Singapore (26 Feb 2012)

The Singapore Heritage Society and the Siong Leng Musical Association invites you for a guided tour of the history of Siong Leng and Nanyin music on 26 Feb (Sunday)…

To celebrate the opening of a new permanent exhibition at the Siong Leng Musical Association, join Chinatown expert guide, Chan Chow Wah, as he introduces you to the fascinating history of Siong Leng, Nanyin music and the streets around Bukit Pasoh and Telok Ayer where the Chinese community gathered. You will also be treated to a short performance by the talented musicians of Siong Leng.

Venue: 4B Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089818

Date / Time: Sunday, February 26, 2012, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Very limited places are available, so REGISTER NOW at http://siongleng26feb-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=1

There is no charge for this event but donations to support Siong Leng Musical Association and the Singapore Heritage Society would be much appreciated.

About the Siong Leng Musical Association

The Siong Leng Musical Association 湘灵音乐社 was founded in 1941 to promote Nanyin 南音and Li Yuan Opera 梨园, although its origins in Singapore can be traced back to around 1901 as the Heng Yun Association. The development of the association was closely tied to the waves of Chinese immigration into Singapore and the social history of a growing  Hokkien population. Today, Siong Leng continues to thrive, training generations of young musicians who perform at temple occasions, cultural events, charity events and private functions, most notably at the annual Kusu Island Pilgrimage, the historical Thian Hock Keng Temple and concerts at the Esplanade.

Find out more about Siong Leng Musical Association
http://siongleng-nanyin.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Siong-Leng-Musical-Association/141656159188926?sk=info

A video clip of a Siong Leng performance:

Nanyin music (literally translated as “the music of the South”) has a history of more than 1,000 years.  It is a traditional opera form sung in the Minnan (south Fujian, or Hokkien) dialect and is central to the Minnan culture in southern China, as well as to Hokkien populations overseas. The slow, simple and elegant melodies are performed on distinctive instruments such as a bamboo flute called the dongxiao and a crooked-neck lute played horizontally called the pipa, as well as more common wind, string and percussion instruments. The rich repertoire of songs and scores preserves ancient folk music and poems and has influenced opera, puppet theatre and other performing art traditions. Nanyin is now included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

About the speaker

Chan Chow Wah has an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute in UK and a member of American Anthropological Association and International Oral History Association. In 2006, he was among the inaugural batch of the National Library Board’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellows. Chan works in the creative industry with a Swiss company in Singapore. He has published the book, Light on the Lotus Hill (2009), and produced a video documentary based on the book in 2011.

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Tour: Singapore’s City Monuments: A Kick-Scooter Tour a tour with Tony Tan

meeting point: The Cenotaph, Connaught Drive
date | time: Saturday 25 Jun 2011 | 8.30 am
duration: 4 hours
requirements: Average fitness | Able to cycle | Wear proper shoes (no slippers or sandals)
cost: $60.00 (Members) | $80.00 (Others)
reservations: shs.secretary@gmail.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 15 persons.

Singapore’s civic and historic district is home to many of the nation’s iconic monuments. Each of these monuments represents a major milestone in Singapore’s journey from colony to nationhood. This innovative kick-scooter tour will take you through 4 phases of this journey:

  • colonial Singapore;
  • Singapore in World War II;
  • post-War colony;
  • and independence.

Starting at the Cenotaph, you will work your way across the Padang to the old City Hall and Supreme Court, up to the Old Parliament House, the Victoria Concert Hall and Victoria Theatre, and to the Asian Civilisations Museum where we will take a breather. From there, we cross Elgin Bridge to Boat Quay, on to Merlion Park, down the Esplanade and then back to the Cenotaph.

Xootr Kick Scooters are mobility devices made for adults. Developed in US in the late 1990s, it developed an international cult following rave product reviews in popular magazines like Wired, Time, Business Week and news providers like CNN, Wall Street Journal and CBS News. The product has 6 models and 2 patented parts. Riding a Xootr Kick Scooter is as easy as riding a bicycle and can accommodate riders up to 1.9m height and up to 120kg in weight. Each Scooter weighs less than 5kg, is foldable and looks like a cross between a skateboard and a bicycle.

Tony Tan is the owner of Betelbox Hostel in Joo Chiat Road, and one of Singapore’s most innovative and knowledgeable tour guides. Trained initially as an IT professional, Tony spent more than 7 years living abroad before deciding to return home to establish a hostel for avid backpackers like himself. A self-confessed travel-holic and gourmet, Tony has won awards for his groundbreaking tours of hidden parts of Singapore.

Among the most popular of these are his City by the Water Tour, his cycling tours and his fabled Joo Chiat Heritage Food tour.

The use of of kick-scooters to travel between monuments and sites of interest is yet another of Tony’s innovations. Tony is also a member of the Singapore Heritage Society’s executive committee.

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Tour: Kampong Gelam: A Walk Through History a walking tour with Khir Johari

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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Tour: The Heritage of Singapore’s Botanic Gardens- a walk by Dr Shawn Lum

meeting point: Visitor’s Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Cluny Road
date | time: Sunday, 24 Apr 2011 | 8.00-11.00 am
cost: $20.00 (Members) | $35.00 (Others)
reservations: shs.secretary@gmail.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 30 persons.
Hurry to avoid disappointment.

 


 

A botanical garden was established not long after Raffles arrived in Singapore. However, this first botanical garden, at the base of Canning Hill near the National Museum, was not long-lived. The Singapore Botanic Gardens that we know at Tanglin recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. It has been an experimental garden, a centre for botanical research, a focal point for horticultural science, and a beloved public park throughout its storied history. It has also been home to many pioneering – and often, rather eccentric – botanists. In our brief walk through the Gardens, we’ll look at areas (and trees) of particular heritage interest and the stories they tell as we amble through 150-plus years of Singapore history.

 

 

Shawn YK Lum is a tropical rainforest ecologist. He was born in Hawaii and was educated at Harvard University and at the University of California, Berkeley. After his post-doctoral attachment at the then Department of Botany at the National University of Singapore, Shawn joined the Natural Sciences and Science Education Faculty at the National Institute of Education. He currently offers courses on the Diversity and Evolution of Plants, Environmental Studies and Global Issues, the Conservation and Management of Natural Habitats and Environmental Sustainability. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America, the American Society of Plant Systematists and the Singapore Institute of Biology. Shawn is the current President of the Nature Society (of Singapore).

 

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Tour: Bukit Brown: Living Museum of the Dead. Heritage walk with Raymond Goh

meeting point: Public Car Park, Newton Hawker Centre.
date | time: Saturday 26 March 2011 | 8.00 am
cost: $30.00 (Members) | $40.00 (Others)
reservations shs.secretary@gmail.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 40 persons.
Hurry to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Nested in the tranquil grounds off Lornie Road, lies a tranquail 40-hectare site which is home to the remains of many Singapore pioneers, many of whose names still grace those of streets and places in modern Singapore. Here, the earliest tombs dated back to the 1840s and stretches more than a century to the last burial in the early 1970s. A tour of this century-old cemetery housing 100,000 forefathers of Singapore is more than just a tour, whereby one can see the imprint and changes of our Chinese customs, culture and heritage throughout the years.

Throughout this outdoor living museum, by looking at the tomb inscriptions and designs, stone carvings and murals, one can see and learn Chinese customs and religious beliefs, Chinese mythology, fengshui, family and clan relationships, Qing dynasty reign years and Imperial titles and the ancestral areas in Fujian and Guangdong Prefectures whereby most of our forefathers came from.

So, take a walk into history amidst the undisturbed tranquil serenity of Bukit Brown wonderful flora and fauna, and  learn the historic, cultural roots of our forefathers in this living heritage museum.

 

 

Raymond Goh graduated with a honors degree in pharmacy is currently on board the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. Although he works full time in the healthcare industry in a regional capacity, he has found time to pursue his interest in Chinese history and culture, and is a qualified specialized heritage tour guide. He is also a founding member of the Asia Paranormal Investigators, a society which investigates unusual happenings in the region.  Raymond has conducted Heritage tours especially to the cemeteries for schools, community clubs and societies. He
is featured regularly in the Chinese press and TV programs like On the Beat and Frontline, in which his expertise in tombs matters was sought.

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Tour: Singapore’s Shuang Lin (Siong Lim) Monastery: a heritage walk by Chan Chow Wah

date | time: Sunday, 13 Feb 2011 | 9.30 am – 12.00 pm
venue: Steps of Shuang Lin Cheng Huan Temple (see Bouchure of Shaung Lin Walk). 184 Jalan Toa Payoh, Singapore 319941
admission: $20 (members); $35 (non-members)
enquiries Wendy Chua (shs.secretary@gmail.com)
Limited to 20 participants only.  Please register early.

 

The Shuang Lin Monastery is the first Buddhist monastery in Singapore. It was established in 1898 when local Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist Low Kim Pong, donated land and invited Venerable Xian Hui, to become the first abbot of the monastery. The official name of the monastery is Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, 莲山双林寺, meaning Twin Grove Monastery on the Lotus Hill and it is also variously known as Siong Lim Temple, Low Kim Pong Temple, Balestier Road Chinese Temples or simply Chinese Temple.

 

 

As a major Chinese Mahayana Monastery, the monastery has played various roles as Singapore evolved from a British Colony to an independent state. Meanwhile, its cultural and historical legacy has also spread beyond Singapore attracting many isitors from all over the world.
During this tour, you will explore the heritage of the Monastery and learn about the symbols and meanings embedded in its material culture.

 

Chan Chow Wah has a background in anthropology (Msc Social anthropology, LSE). He is a Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute in UK and a member of American Anthropological Association and International Oral History Association. In 2006, he was among the inaugural batch of the National Library Board’s Lee Kong Chian Research Fellows. Chan is a also Business Development Director of a German MNC in Singapore. From 2006 to 2010, he researched the life of Venerable Pu Liang, leading to publication of Light on the Lotus Hill in 2010.

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Tour: Royal Riau: a historical tour of Tanjung Pinang with Dr Vivienne Wee

The Singapore Heritage Society proudly presents Royal Tanjung Pinang, a journey to the island of Bintan, once the centre of the Johor Riau-Lingga empire. This 3 days 2 nights tour (11 to 13 March 2011) is organised by the Singapore Heritage Society and led by local anthropologist and scholar, Dr Vivienne Wee.

 

 

Today, most Singaporeans know Bintan for its sandy beaches, seafood and high-end resorts. Few visitors to the island know of its close historical connections with Singapore. Its capital Tanjung Pinang, located on the southwestern part of the island, is the the largest town in the Riau Islands and has been an important centre of the Johor Riau Empire since the 17th century. In particular, the island of Penyengat, located off the coast of Tanjung Pinang, was the spiritual and political seat of the Johor Sultanate at the time Raffles claimed Singapore for the British in 1819. It was to Penyengat that Raffles’ men sought out Tengku Long and invited him to Singapore island to be crowned Sultan Hussein of Johore. Not far from Tanjung Pinang is the old settlement of Senggarang where you can find one of the oldest Chinese temples in the region.

About Our Guide

 

Dr Vivienne Wee is an independent anthropologist and researcher. Previously, she had been Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong and also at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her BFA (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota, her MSocSc from the University of Singapore and her PhD from the Australian National University. Since 1981, Vivienne has been actively researching the ethnography of the Riau archipelago and is an acknowledged expert of the region and its peoples. Her doctoral thesis was on the Malays of Riau. She is also a founder member of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research).

Cost of Tour
SHS Members:

  • S$350 per person (Twin-sharing)
  • S$400 per person (Single)

Non-members:

  • S$430 per person (Twin-sharing)
  • S$480 per person (Single)

Cost includes all meals, hotel, entrance fee, transportation, guides and all local transportation.
The following are not included: telephone, laundry and all other sundry expenses.

To Book
Contact Ms Wendy Chua
(Email: shs.secretary@gmail.com) to book a place on this not-to-be-missed tour. This tour is limited to 30 persons only. Hurry!

Tour Programme



Day 1: Friday (11 March)
8.00 am Assemble at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
9:15am Depart Singapore for Tanjung Pinang via ferry.
10.45 am Arrive in Tanjung Pinang and tranfer to Comfort Hotel. Check-in.
12.00 pm Depart Tanjung Pinang for island of Penyengat.
12.30 pm Arrive for lunch at Penyengat
1.30 pm Lecture on history & history of Penyengat.
2.30 pm Walking tour of historic sites of Penyengat.
6.00 pm Boat ride from Penyengat to Tanjung Pinang and off to early dinner.
Evening at leisure.

Day 2: Saturday (12 March)
8.30 am Breakfast
9.30 am Trip to Bintan Bukit Batu to see the graves of the pre-Temasik royals
12.00 pm Packed lunch
1.00 pm Boat ride to Hulu Sungai Riau, sites of pre- Penyengat graves of Bugis royals
5.00 pm Return to hotel, rest
6.30 pm Dinner
Evening at leisure

Day 3: Sunday (13 March)
8.00 am Breakfast and check out by 9.30 am
9.30 am Boat ride to Senggarang (old Chinese settlement on stilts).
10.00 am Walking tour of Senggarang.
12.00 pm Return to Tanjung Pinang for lunch. Postlunch time at leisure for shopping.
5.45pm Arrive at Tanjung Pinang ferry terminal
6.30 pm Depart Tanjung Pinang by ferry for Singapore.

Your Hotel

 

Comfort Hotel & Resort Tanjung Pinang is located at Jalan Adi Sucipto, just 20 minutes from Seaport and 5 minutes from Airport. It is close to Tanjung Pinang’s central business district, commercial center and government offices. The Hotel is designed in resort style and the grounds are lusciously landscaped.

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Tour: Singapore’s KTM Railway Line: A Journey Along History a heritage walk with Dr Lai Chee Kien

meeting point Dempsey Road Public Car Park
date | time Saturday 22 Jan 2011 | 7.15 am
cost $30.00 (Members) | $40.00 (Others)
reservations shs.secretary@gmail.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 40 persons.

 

The history of railways in Singapore may be understood as three periods of development: The Singapore-Kranji-Railway ran a service from Singapore Town (Tank Road) to Woodlands at the turn of the 20th century to connect “town” to the “hinterland”. The second phase saw the transfer of its management to the Federal Malay States Railway when the Causeway was built in 1923 and the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station constructed a decade later. This inter-war phase connected the island to the social and economic milieus of British Malaya and the peninsula, but also heightened the importance of the Keppel area with its docks and harbour development.

 

The 24km Jurong Branch line, conceived before merger with Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah to form the geobody of Malaysia, was intended in the third phase to imagine an economy of industrial production that was connected to the main line, but also to markets in the peninsula and in South Thailand, despite Singapore’s subsequent separation from it in 1965. In May 2010, the two governments in Singapore and Malaysia announced plans to redevelop the 180 hectares of railway land, while conserving the two stations in Bukit Timah and Tanjong Pagar. This tour will attempt to revisit some of the stations and locations of interest in Singapore, including treks along certain stretches of the railways. We hope to capture some of the aspects of this everyday heritage before it winds down and cease operations come July 2011.

 

Dr Lai Chee Kien is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He graduated with an M.Arch. by research from NUS in 1996, and from University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Design, in 2005. He is a registered architect in Singapore. He researches on the histories of art, architecture, landscapes and urban environments in Southeast Asia. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007) and Singapore: Towards Another Botanical Age (2008).

Tour: Hong San See Temple: A Heritage Gem. An architectural heritage tour with Dr Yeo Kang Shua

meeting point: Hong San See Temple (road level)
date | time: Saturday 20 Nov 2010 | 9.30 am
cost: Free to all
reservations: shs.secretary@gmail.com (Wendy).
This tour is limited to 30 persons.

 

Hong San See temple, or Temple of Phoenix Hill was orignally established in 1836 in Tras Street. In 1907, it moved to its present location at Mohamed Sultan Road. The temple sits on the side of Institution Hill (behind Fort Canning Hill), a name derived from the fact that the Trustees of Raffles Institution once owned the hill. The Chinese referred to this area colloquially as 水廊头 (shuilang-tou) or head of the water factory (in the Teochew and Hokkien Dialect), after the famous Whampoa Hoo Ah Kay’s Ice Works Factory that used to stand in Clarke Quay, which is referred to as 水廊内(shui-lang-nei) or within the water factory, in the 19th century. Hence, this temple is also known as 水廊头凤山寺 or Temple of the Phoenix Hill at the head of the water factory.

 

The Temple was built between 1908 and 1913 by Lim Loh, a well-known contractor who hailed from Nan-an (Lam Ann) County in China, and father of World War II hero Lim Bo Seng. Prior to the recent restoration in 2007-2009, the temple underwent four renovations.

 

The recent restoration efforts was accorded the highest honour by UNESCO with the 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation – Award of Excellence. Join us for a guided tour of this relatively intact and finely crafted example of vernacular architecture of the Min-nan (southern Fujian province) region with Southeast Asian (Nanyang) influences.

 

YEO KANG SHUA obtained his PhD (Architecture) from the National University of Singapore. He has worked on many projects including conservation work and has collaborated in many archaeological projects in Singapore. He has published widely on theory of architecture, conservation and history. On two occasions, he was part of the team that won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation: Award of Excellence for Singapore Lam Ann Association’s Hong San See Temple Restoration Project (2010); and the inaugural heritage award Jury Commendation for Innovation for Yuhu Elementary School Project in Lijiang, China (2005). Before setting up Laborans, he was the inaugural head of the Monuments Inspectorate at the Preservation of Monuments Board.

Hong San See Tour

Tour: Kampong Gelam: A Walk Through History. A walking tour with Hidayah Amin & Khir Johari

date | time: Saturday 17 July 2010 | 9.00 am

Kampung Gelam
The area known as Kampong Gelam (KG) extends beyond the beaten paths of Bussorah, Baghdad and Arab Streets. We would like to invite participants to experience (through perhaps a little imagination) what KG was like when we were growing up there. Given its unique history and background, Kampong 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
ethnicity 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 key in the tour.

Hidayah Amin was born and grew up in Gedung Kuning. She is the author of Gedung Kuning: Memories of a Malay Childhood (Singapore Heritage Society, 2010). Hidayah was educated in Singapore, France and the United States of
America. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Lehigh University and had interned pro-bono for six months at the United Nations Headquarters after her graduate studies. Like Hemingway, Hidayah believes in writing to express and not to
impress.

Born and bred in Kampong 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. He is currently on an extended sabbatical, which allows pursuits like trying to figure out what would make the ideal ‘Rendang Quartet’.

Flyer: Kampong Gelam: A Walk Through History. A walking tour with Hidayah Amin & Khir Johari

Tour: One-Day Johor Heritage Tour- a bus tour

date | time Sunday, 6 June 2010 | 8.30 am

Sultan Abu Bakar Museum.
This museum occupies the Istana Besar (Grand Palace) which was specially commissioned in 1864 by Sultan Abu Bakar. Completed in 1866, the Grand Palace incorporated some of the Sultan’s creative ideas in its architecture. In 1990, Sultan Iskandar decided that members of the public should be given the opportunity to view
the Royal Family’s collection in a proper museum setting. His Majesty consented for the Grand Palace to be converted into a museum. Housed within the museum are vast arrays of treasures, works of art, antiquities and furniture belonging to the Royal Family. The picture gallery features past and present rulers of the Sultanate and their
consorts. There is also a large collection of their personal memorabilia, an impressive array of Orders, Decorations and Medals in the gallery.

Kota Tinggi Museum.
Built in 1997, the museum traces the history of the Johor Sultanate. The Museum traces the history of Johor, starting with the reign of Sultan Allauddin Riayat Shah II until Sultan Mahmud Shah II. The Museum’s site was chosen for its
historical significance as the seat of the old Johor Sultanate. Discover the paintings, historical dioramas, weaponry and much more on display only at the museum.

Johor Lama
Johor Lama was the seat of the old Johor Sultanate. It was established by Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah some time around 1540. Its strategic location by the Johor river allowed it to be used as a secure trading post for some 40 years. However, in 1587, the Portuguese attacked the Fort at Johor Lama and destroyed it. You can still see remnants of the settlement and the fort.

One-Day Johor Heritage Tour Johor Trip 6 Jun 2010

Tour: Merdeka Monuments a tour of Kuala Lumpur | 2009 by Dr Lai Chee Kien

Merdeka Monuments Tour
Dates: 11 to 15 June 209 (5 days 4 nights)


The Singapore Heritage Society proudly presents Merdeka Monuments, a journey in Kuala Lumpur’s independence architecture led by local scholar and architect, Dr Lai Chee Kien. Within a decade of its independence in 1957,
Malaysia commissioned and constructed 10 major architectural projects in Kuala Lumpur. These remarkable nation-building projects has been studied and documented by Dr Lai in his 2007 book, Building Merdeka: Indepedence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 which was launched in conjunction with a special exhibition on the same subject at the Galeri Petronas in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Programme
Day 1: Thursday (12 June)
8.00 am Assemble at Newton Food Centre Car Park
8.30 am Depart Singapore for Kuala Lumpur
12.30 pm Lunch (location TBC). Lunch on your own.
3.00 pm Arrive in Kuala Lumpur. Check into the Federal Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang.
Evening Free & Easy. Dinner on your own.

Day 2: Friday (12 June)
Breakfast at Hotel
9.20 am Assemble in Hotel Lobby for day’s tour
9.30 am Depart for morning tour. Key sights will
include: Lake Gardens • Merdeka Clock •National Monument • Parliament House
12.30 pm Lunch on your own at Pavilion Shopping Centre.

2.30 pm Leave Pavilion Shopping Centre for Badan Warisan.
3.30 pm Arrive at Badan Warisan. Fellowship with compatriots at Badan Warisan and tour Rumah Penghulu
4.30 pm Tea break (traditional kueh-kueh; tea & coffee)
5.00 pm Talk by Badan Warisan officials for SHS
6.00 pm Talk by Dr Lai Chee Kien on Merdeka Monuments for Badan Warisan
7.30 pm Head back to hotel via Pavilion Shopping Centre and KLCC. You are free to alight at any of the two locations or go back to the hotel.

Day 3: Saturday (13 June)
Breakfast at Hotel
9.20 am Assemble in Hotel Lobby for day’s tour
9.30 am Depart for morning tour. Highlights: Muzium Negara • National Mosque (Masjid Negara) • Railway Station & Heritage Hotel
12.30 pm Lunch at Railway Station
2.00 pm Reassemble for afternoon tour. Drive to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka for brief stop. Tour Stadium Negara & Merdeka Stadium with Badan Warisan. Visit Chin Woo Athletic Stadium
5.00 pm Return to hotel via Petaling Street. You are free to alight here or follow the bus back to the hotel.
Dinner on your own.

Day 4 Sunday (15 June)
Breakfast at Hotel
9.20 am Assemble in Hotel Lobby for day’s tour
9.30 am Depart for morning tour. Drive through Kampung Bahru, past Sultan Sulaiman Club to the Padang. Visit Masjid Jamek & National History Museum
12.30 pm Lunch – location TBC
2.30 pm Tour of Petronas Tower and view from sky bridge
4.00 pm Bus departs for hotel. You may return to the hotel or continue shopping at KLCC.
Dinner on your own.

Day 5: Monday (15 June)
Breakfast at Hotel
Morning Free & Easy
Lunch on your own
2.00 pm Assemble in Hotel Lobby for departure for Singapore
7.30 pm Arrive in Singapore

Cost of Tour
SHS Members:
S$430 per person (Twin-sharing)
S$655 per person (Single)
Non-members:
S$510 per person (Twin-sharing)
S$735 per person (Single)
Cost includes all breakfasts, hotel, entrance fee, transportation, guides, tips, transportation by bus from Singapore
to Kuala Lumpur, and all local transportation.

The following are not included: meals other than breakfast and tea at Badan Warisan, telephone, laundry and all other sundry expenses.

About Our Guide
Dr Lai Chee Kien is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He graduated with an M.Arch. by research from NUS in 1996, and from University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in
History of Architecture and Urban Design, in 2005. He is a registered architect in Singapore. He researches on the histories of art, architecture, landscapes and urban environments in Southeast Asia. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007) and Singapore: Towards Another Botanical Age (2008).

Flyer: Merdeka Monuments a tour of Kuala Lumpur | 2009 by Dr Lai Chee Kien