Live” Virtual Tours are suitable alternatives to outdoor NE tours. Participants will join in via a video platform and a “live” video steam will be established with the guide on-site. Follow the guide around various places of interest, hear their stories, and interact via a live chat box. Be engaged in online games (e.g. Bingo, spot the difference, etc) to raise increase engagement and have fun while learning.
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Cathay Building (Wartime Media & Propaganda)
YMCA (Torture & Sufferings)
National Museum (Protection & Security)
CHIJMES (Wartime Economy)
Civilian War Memorial (Remembering our Heroes)
BRAS BASAH “LIVE”
LIVING IN SYONAN-TO
The Japanese Occupation of Syonan-to is a distant memory, a memory that bears little relevance to our lives today. Yet, there are countless lessons from this period that we must remember, and untold stories of bravery and resilience that we must honour.
Follow us on this virtual experience as you deepen your understanding of life during the Occupation. Together let us reaffirm the importance of Total Defence, and celebrate the resilience of our people.
Experience the type of Japanese propaganda that was used during the occupation and hear the horror stories of those that refused to conform to Japanese Military superiority
Understand the harshness of daily life, and the scarcity of food in this period. Recalibrate your understanding of money as it was used under the Japanese Military administration
Remember the sacrifice made by the generation that lived through the war and make a commitment to never have Singaporeans experience what they did again through Total Defence.
FORT CANNING HILL “LIVE” VIRTUAL TOUR
THE LEGEND OF THE HILL
Did you know that Singapore was not a sleepy fishing village before the British arrived?
In fact, we had a bustling economic landscape since the 14th Century! As we continue to expand our trade connections and relations out of Singapore it is important that we remember how we began, and the efforts that we have put in to build our nation today. Fort Canning’s rich material and natural heritage, makes it a great site to begin exploring Singapore’s precolonial history and maritime story.
Rediscover the significance of Singapore as a trading hub since the 14th Century and the importance of trade to our present-day economy
From the hill’s vantage point, see the progress Singapore has made through the years in terms of urban development and economic growth. With this, understand the importance of Fort Canning as a communication site.
Develop a sense of pride for Singapore’s maritime success. Realise the need to continue protecting this economic advantage and not take our success for granted.
Fort Canning Green (Legends of Fort Canning)
Spice Garden (Trade and Commerce)
Archaeological Excavation Site (Preserving heritage)
Parit Singapura (Pre-Colonial Singapore)
(Trade and Industry)
(Life in the early days)
Cavenagh Bridge (Urban Infrastructure)
Fullerton Hotel (Heritage Conservation)
SINGAPORE RIVER “LIVE” VIRTUAL TOUR
THE LIFELINE OF SINGAPORE
The birthplace of modern Singapore. An artery of commerce. These are but a few of the various titles bestowed upon our beloved Singapore River. As far as rivers in Singapore goes, this is the Grand Dame.
Join this journey of discovery as we take you on a virtual walk downstream. By listening to the stories around of the Singapore River, you will discover the development story of Singapore, and develop a strong sense of pride and connection with our island home.
Urban development requires an immense amount of planning. Understand how lives along the river were shaped by the constant developments and changes in the surrounding areas.
Grasp the importance of the infrastructure, such as the quays, piers, docks and bridges, that were built to accommodate the increasingly overworked river. Discover about the various trades and understand what it took to be successful in colonial Singapore.
Learn about the clean-up of the Singapore River, what it took and why it was paramount to our vision of a world-class city
CHINATOWN “LIVE” VIRTUAL TOUR
TALES OF OUR FOREFATHERS
The history of Chinatown is fascinating, even more so when told through a time traveller from 1890. Meet “Ah Gu”, a Chinese coolie who arrived in Singapore and made a life here. Through him, be immersed in the journey of the early Chinese immigrants. Hear their struggles, their hopes and their fears, and what it took to survive the harsh realities of 19th Century Chinatown. Gain a deeper understanding of the development of Singapore as we share the stories of our forefathers.
Understand why the importance of racial and religious harmony in Singapore cannot be over-stated, and realise that this sense of kinship was already developing since our founding days.
Witness the living conditions of the sinkehs (new immigrants) and understand the hardships they had to go through amidst the chaos that was Chinatown. Cherish the prosperity we enjoy today and not take it for granted.
Encounter significant landmarks of Chinatown that you might have missed before, and rediscover the charm of this heritage.
Thian Hock Keng Temple (Religious customs)
Amoy Street Wall Mural (Immigrant Journey)
Street of Harmony
Chinatown Heritage Centre (Harsh Conditions)
Lai Chun Yuen Opera House (Social Cohesion)
Bussorah Street (Pilgrimage)
(Places of Worship)
Istana Kampong Glam (Royal Heritage/ Alsagoff Arab School (Inclusive Education)
Jalan Kubor Cemetery (Customs and Traditions)
KAMPONG GLAM “LIVE” VIRTUAL TOUR
THE ORIGIN STORY
Let us take you on a virtual journey around the old Royal Citadel. Visit the palace of the Malay Sultan and the royal family, see where they prayed, and even where some of them are buried today. Feel the local Malay culture infused through the area as you breeze through the lively streets where traditional trades meet new-age boutique hipster shops, all well decorated with street art.
Harmony and tolerance is only possible through a deep understanding of our neighbours. To this end, deepen your understanding of Islam, understand the impact religion had on the area, and how the annual Hajj was instrumental in driving the economy.
Apart from religious differences, business differences can also often lead to conflicts. See how traditional trades can exist alongside new-age businesses, and how religious sites can be located just a stone’s throw away from entertainment outlets. This is possible only with mutual respect and understanding of all stakeholders in the area.
Learn about place-making, a key concept in building the liveable, and vibrant city that we live in. Also explore the topic of conservation and why this is important despite our push towards modernisation.
“LIVE” VIRTUAL TOUR
A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
Feast your senses on the wonders of Indian culture as we explore the ethnic enclave of Little India. Learn about the origins of the Indian community in Singapore. Visit a Hindu temple to understand their religious practices, as well as festivals that will leave you in awe. With all the sights and sounds of this colourful district, you can be sure there will never be a dull moment on this immersive journey of discovery.
Discover the rich diversity that coexists in Little India and reinforce your understanding of Racial and Religious harmony that exists even within specific ethnic enclaves in Singapore.
Be immersed into the rich culture of the local Indian community through an exploration of their customs, occupations and cuisine.
Explore various iconic landmarks in Little India that have been entrenched in the memories of many Singaporeans.
(Culture & Traditions)
Race Course Road (Heritage)
House of Tan Teng Niah (Shophouse Conservation)
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple (Places of Worship)
Traditional Trade Mural (Traditional Trades)