Explore Teochew & Hainanese Roots with CapitaLand’s SG Heritage Fest Tours


You probably have already seen the billboards and banners featuring it.

The 21th edition of the Singapore HeritageFest is happening from May 1 to 26, 2024, with lots of tours, talks, and experiences all over the country. If you haven’t yet made plans, do visit the official website to explore the wide variety of programmes.

Here are also two recommended tours by CapitaLand if you’re interested in Singapore’s Teochew and Hainanese heritage.

Secrets of Clarke Quay Tour
The Secrets of Clarke Quay tour is happening on all four Saturdays of May 2024.

Project Godown – Secrets of Clarke Quay

This immersive time travel adventure will take participants through an enchanting journey around CQ @ Clarke Quay, inviting participants to unlock the forgotten stories of the iconic godowns and shophouses lining the Singapore River.

From unearthing the precinct’s Teochew heritage to admiring the architectural marvels of godowns and warehouses preserved from Singapore’s maritime beginnings, participants will journey through the five distinct blocks of CQ @ Clarke Quay to uncover hidden clues, puzzles, and food challenges with vintage photographs acting as a window to the past.

Some of the hidden gems you’ll learn more about include:

  • CQ @ Clarke Quay’s Teochew roots – once called “Cha Jung Tau” (firewood).
  • Read Bridge – the coolies’ ultimate entertainment hub.
  • The fascinating story of the Riverhouse and the secret society.
  • Admire modern architectural masterpieces – including a 110-metre-long mural by Yip Yew Chong and tobyato.

Event Details

  • Dates: May 11, 18 and 25
  • Time: 4 pm to 5.30 pm
  • Fee: SGD 50/pax, free for children under 6yo
  • Meeting Point: Read Bridge @ Clarke Quay

Register here 

Hainan Story in Bugis Tour | SG HeritageFest 2024
The Hainan Story in Bugis tour is happening on all four Sundays of May 2024.

Chicken Rice Diaries: The Hainan Story in Bugis

Embark on a two-hour adventure through Singapore’s vibrant Bugis district with a true-blood Hainanese guide! Throughout the tour, you’ll participate in a fun bingo game with clues hidden within the fascinating history of the Hainanese people in Singapore.

Key highlights of the tour include: 

  • The origins of the Hainanese community in the bustling Bugis precinct.
  • Discover the story of Ngiam Tong Boon, the Hainanese bartender who invented the world-famous Singapore Sling at the iconic Raffles Hotel.
  • A tour around the hidden Hylam Street within the modern Bugis Junction.
  • A sweet finale with Yi Bua, a traditional Hainanese snack.

Event Details

Dates: May 12, 19 and 26


Time: 4 pm to 6 pm

Fee: SGD 50/pax, free for children under 6yo

Meeting Point: Outside Leica Store Raffles Hotel

Register here

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Explore Teochew & Hainanese Roots with CapitaLand's SG Heritage Fest Tours
Discover Singapore Teochew and Hainanese Roots With CapitaLand’s Singapore HeritageFest 2024 tours.

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