will uncover the rich culture and heritage of
Singapore’s colourful and lively ethnic enclaves from a
fresh perspective. This trail brings visitors to
Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam to visit traders
and entrepreneurs who set up their famous shops and
eateries decades ago, but still serve queues of loyal
can hear first-hand the intriguing history behind every
establishment. They will also have the chance to shop for
jewellery, traditional Chinese medicine, Indian fabrics,
and local food gifts, as well as enjoy delicious local
fare over breakfast, lunch and tea.
will start the day with breakfast in Chinatown
at Ya Kun Kaya
Toast to enjoy a simple morning meal of the outlet’s
famed homemade kaya
(egg and coconut jam) & butter on toast, teamed with a
cup of traditional local coffee/tea.
get to sample delicious barbequed sweet meat or bak
kwa at Bee
From a humble street hawker stall in 1945, Bee
Cheng Hiang has become an established brand.
A gift of bak
kwa signifies prosperity. Thus, during the Lunar New
Year, long queues form at the shop as locals buy boxes of bak
kwa to give away to friends & loved ones.
the goldsmith shops in Chinatown, Poh
Kong Chye (since 1897) is the oldest and one of the
Visitors have the opportunity to browse through the
shop and appreciate how yellow gold is still a symbol of
wealth & status to the locals.
will drop by Tong
Heng, a traditional Chinese pastry shop in Chinatown
and an all-time favourite with locals to sample their
signature egg tarts famed for their smooth,
‘melt-in-your-mouth egg custard’ in a light, flaky,
crisp pastry shell.
Chinese Medicine, long practised in the East, is gaining
Eu Yan Sang has
been trusted for their health tonics & herbal remedies
for more than 120 years.
The tour includes a visit to Eu Yan Sang’s new
Birds’ Nest Gallery.
in Ipoh, Malaysia, Mr Lee Tong expanded his business from
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in 1969.
At Lee Tong
Kee, visitors can enjoy a delectable lunch of Mr
Lee’s famous Ipoh hor
fun (flat rice noodles) and complete their meal with a
‘cooling’ glass of homemade barley water & sweet
half-day tour ends with a transfer back to Suntec City or
to visitors’ hotels. Visitors on the full-day tour will
have some time to explore Chinatown before setting off for
first stop in Little India is the 90-year-old Little India Arcade.
The amazing range of colourful Indian saris at Handlooms
will take your breath away.
As a cooperative set up by the Government of India,
the store buys directly from producers & helps to
sustain more than 23,000 people in the cottage industry in
Visitors get to learn to tie the elegant sari!
delicate fragrance of jasmine will welcome visitors into Jothi
Store & Flower Shop, one of the oldest shops in
Little India. This shop supplies its beautiful garlands to
Indian temples all over Singapore!
South Indian vegetarian meals & sweets at Komala
Vilas, one of Singapore’s oldest Indian restaurants,
are popular for their refreshing taste.
Visitors will take a break here to sample a savoury
vadai and a cup
of teh tarik (‘pulled
Singaporeans want to buy textiles, they head down to Arab
Street in Kampong
Glam, where generations of Arab traders have sold
brassware, spices, and textiles of every colour and fabric
from the four corners of the world.
Visitors get to stroll down this fascinating street
and practise their bargaining skills.
a day of walking & shopping, visitors will enjoy a
refreshing cup of teh
halia (ginger tea), paired with a murtabak
(fried dough crepes with minced meat and curry dip) at
this last stop - Zam
Zam, a hundred-year-old Indian-Muslim eatery.
Singapore Tourism Board Press Release 12 May 2004