27 September 2009
Each year here in Singapore, the cultural enclaves of Kampong Glam, Chinatown and Little India come alive in a festive mood to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and Deepavali. Along with it are various performances, bright lights, street bazaars, free walking tours and culinary delights.
The Singapore Tourism Board has been promoting the One City Three Festival Event for the past two years already. This festival aimed to showcase the unique heritage of this small nation to both tourist and foreigners (such as me) who are living in Singapore.
As mentioned, free-guided walking tours in the three ethnic precincts have been prepared for everyone interested. This 45 minute tour is available daily from 18 Sep – 11 Oct (except 19 Sep and 3 Oct). All you have to do is show up and register at the meeting place 10 minutes before the tour starts.
5:00pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm
Meeting place: Malay Heritage Center
4:30pm 5:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm
Meeting point: Chinatown Heritage Center
6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm
Meeting point: The Verge (formerly Tekka Mall)
If you are not available on the various schedules above, you can be able to do some exploration at your own pace by downloading the self-guided walking map HERE.
If walking in not your cup of tea, the breezy open-top light-up bus ride is available for you to enjoy the festive lights and sounds in three places mentioned above. This hour long bus tour is available at just 5 SGD. Just like the walking tour above, this is available also from 18 Sep – 11 Oct (except 19 Sep and 3 Oct). The bus departs half-hourly at the Chinatown Heritage Center beginning from 7:30pm until 10:00pm.
I recommend these festive deals to all those tourists who will be coming over to Singapore and even those working here. It is fun, and most of all it doesn’t cost too much. Definitely in the next few week, I will be donning my tourist hat and will be taking advantage of these offers while they are still available.