8 heritage trails to explore
As curated by the National Heritage Board.
By Where Singapore Staff | Oct 02, 2017
Bedok Heritage Trail
This trail transports you back in time to the era before the development of the East Coast; a time when Singapore’s wealthiest inhabitants resided in waterfront bungalows alongside fishing villages. With 10 markers spread along a 15km route, you’ll discover the area's history, from its kampung beginnings to its key role in the East Coast Reclamation Scheme.
A Stroll in the Jewish Quarters
Experience the history of Singapore’s Jewish community at the Maghain Aboth Synagogue and Prinsep Street where buildings tell stories of a bygone era.
Toa Payoh Trail
Singapore’s second satellite town, Toa Payoh provided the blueprint for all residential areas that followed. The trail takes you to nine landmarks from this storied past including the 1973 SEAP Games Village, Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery and the iconic dragon playground.
Ang Mo Kio Heritage Trails
Ang Mo Kio is another heartland community with a lot of history to share. See its unusual circular block of flats and its town gardens on Trail One, then explore Lower Peirce Reservoir on Trail Two.
Queenstown Heritage Trail
Highlights of your visit to Singapore's first satellite town along the Queenstown Heritage Trail include the Church of the Good Shepherd, the former Thye Hong Biscuit and Confectionery Factory and some of Singapore’s first HDB flats.
Yishun Sembawang Heritage Trail
One of Singapore's most extensive historic walks, featuring 33 landmarks spread out over 6.8km. Start at Upper or Lower Seletar Reservoir, enjoy a dip in the Sembawang hot spring, dine at Beaulieu House and visit Singapore’s last kampung mosque, Masjid Petempatan Melayu.
Geylang Serai Foot Trail
Geylang has many claims to fame— and infamy, with its reputation as a red-light district—but this trail allows you to experience a very different side of this interesting neighborhood. You'll see 1920s shophouses, Buddhist and Muslim landmarks, and the former Geylang Fire Station.
World War II Trail
With markers spread around the island, the World War II Trail is more like a road trip. The trip takes you to key points designated in remembrance of Singapore’s darkest chapter, such as the site of the Kranji Beach Battle, the Sook Ching Inspection Centre and the massacre sites of Changi, Punggol and Sentosa.