Tour by Offbeat Singapore
Tour days: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat Start Time: 10am Meet spot: Jalan Besar MRT Station Exit B, above ground End Time: 12.30pm End spot: Jalan Besar MRT Station Flow: Jalan Besar MRT → Veerasamy Rd → Municipal Quarters @ Hindoo Rd → Jalan Berseh [food stop] → Rochor River → Kelantan Rd → Chitty Rd *The breakdown of timings in the Itinerary are just estimates and may change according to the condition of the tour. Cost Per participant: S$50.00 (5 sign ups and above -10%) *min. 4 persons for tour to start; Offbeat reserves the right to reschedule to another time/date in the event there are insufficient participants. Tour Story “Singapore’s hardware is developing impressively, yet some of its software has not quite caught up alongside.” An off-the-cuff comment by a visitor had us stood up go in search of those remnants of personalities and their tales in our favourite neighbourhood. ‘Vanishing Craftsmen’ here include trades, scenes and even food that are worth preserving and this walk seeks to expose us to this truly endangered intangible cultural heritage that is fading faster than we can spell ‘Mala Hot Pot’. The early residents here took pride in the achievements of various trades that exhibited qualities such as perseverance, diligence, adaptability and creativity in those challenging times. It was them who has gifted us this walk into living history, meeting some of these pioneers in their trades, feeling our hands along the rough edges of structures forgotten, and tucking into cuisines whipped up by the final generation who holds the keys to heirloom recipes. What exists today, ceases tomorrow, may never be recovered again.