Old Singapore: Five things to see at Singapore’s HeritageFest 2016
Singapore is always an intriguing mix of people and culture, so when I discovered that its HeritageFest was taking place across three weekends until May 15, 2016, I couldn’t wait to sign up and delve into stories on Singapore’s rich past.
From architectural walks to village tours, there are lots to pack out a schedule. Here are my five picks for HeritageFest 2016.
Before Dawn @ Tanglin Halt Tour
I’m excited to get to know more about the area around my hotel on the Tanglin Halt Tour, even if I do have to get up at 4 am to take part! Visit historical landmarks like Wessex Estate’s black and white bungalows and listen to the community’s stories as the sun begins to rise.
I’ll be dropping into age-old hawker area Changi Road for a food tour on May 7, 2016, where stallholders reveal how their Hokkien and Teochew recipes came to be. I have also bookmarked Deliciously Singapore’s exhibition at Nex, running May 9 to 15, 2016.
Snoop the Fullerton
As a hotelier, I love everything hotel and an iconic in these parts is the storied Fullerton. So, I just had to include its Fullerton Love Story tour on my list. Traverse darkened hallways as historical guests come to life and reveal all their secrets. This one is guaranteed to end on a sweet note – a chocolate buffet awaits when the tour is through.
View Old Village Life
Tour food markets, venture across old seawalls and take in traditional village life on a bus tour around Bedok, and then relive your old village memories playing traditional games like hopscotch and capteh in an interactive exhibition at Rivervale Plaza.
Found on Film
Gillman Barracks hosts this year’s Art Day Out in collaboration with HeritageFest. I’m excited to take a look at the Barrack’s onsite cinema, which will show screenings linked to the Festival’s “Old Stories, New Memories” theme.
My list gives just a glimpse of the wonderful events on offer. Here is the full festival rundown.