Go back in time and discover Singapore’s colonial past on this Colonial District Walking Tour. Learn about the long-lasting effect Britain has had on Singapore’s governance, religion and entertainment as you visit cathedrals, walk historic streets and try a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel, where the cocktail was invented.
Modern-day Singapore is known for its fusion of the East and the West due to its colonial legacy. As a former British colony, Singapore reeks with British influence. On this walking tour of its colonial district, you’ll step back in time to the days of Sir Stamford Raffles, the British officer who founded Singapore in the early 1800s.
Start off by visiting the Singapore Supreme Court. Walk up to the viewing deck for fantastic views of the city. Next, explore the 150-year-old Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, a place of worship for colonial British officials and a casualty station to care for the wounded during the Japanese invasion.
Head to the Armenian Church – the oldest Christian church in Singapore – to discover the history of Singapore’s Armenian community and enjoy the beautiful architecture amid the verdant tropical fauna. At CHIJMES – a beautiful former Catholic convent that is today an entertainment, shopping and dining center – listen to stories about French missionaries.
Finally, you’ll head to the world-famous Raffles Hotel, a place of cosmopolitan elegance built in 1899. Visit the hotel’s museum to see photographs, post cards, china and other memorabilia that famous hotel guests have returned. Then finish your tour with a cocktail in hand – you can’t visit the Raffles Hotel before sipping the drink that was invented there, the Singapore Sling.
Singapore's Colonial District Walking Tour
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Departure Point:City Hall MRT Station (outside Exit B, North Bridge Road)
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- Walking tour
- English-speaking licensed guide
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Optional activity costs
- Personal expenses
- Please arrive at the departure point 15 minutes in advance for registration
- As a mark of respect for the state institution, visitors must be appropriately attired. Visitor(s) may be turned away by security personnel if the attire includes one or more of the following – torn jeans, bermudas/shorts, slippers and singlet/casual t-shirts.
- Photographic devices are not allowed in the Supreme Court and must be surrendered at the entrance of the Supreme Court.
- Walkers are advised to wear comfortable shoes, bring an umbrella or poncho and a bottle of water
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