The 2019 Chinese New Year falls on Feb 5, 2019. Nonetheless, the pre-new year celebration has already begun at Chinatown! Some of the activity highlights include street performance and parade, and also the lighting up of this year’s mascot – the boar! Do visit Chinatown Festival website for the latest events and programs!
National Library Board (a.k.a. NLB) has an ongoing exhibition titled ‘Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore’ held at the National Library Building. The exhibition features advertising materials from the 1830s to 1960s, which gives a glimpse into the nation’s early years and provides a better understanding of advertising at the time and its impact on Singapore’s society.
Not only is the admission free of charge, it is also conveniently located in town at the Bugis/Bras Basah area. The exhibition is rich in Singapore’s history, on par with the calibre of that from museums and we believe that it would appeal to foreign travellers.
More information on the exhibition can be found here.
Want to get an introduction to Singapore without a price tag? Yes, that it possible!
As a guest to this country, you are encouraged to join this complementary tour that showcase the three major ethnic enclaves of Singapore: Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.
Do expect a lot of walking as the total distance covered is about 3km (~ 1.8 miles). Hence it is advisable that you would dress casually with comfortable walking shoes. Do bring along your umbrella or poncho, as you would most likely experience first hand how the Singapore weather could change from sunshine to thunderstorm in a short moment.
During the walks, the tour guide would help you discover the best of Singapore’s history, culture and heritage as you explore iconic landmarks while listening to the stories.
Do let check with our front desk crew for the exact schedule and availability!
Diwali or better known as Deepavali locally is also known as the Festival of Light. This the most important day for the Hindu. It is like the New Year for our Hindu friends. Deepavali symbolize the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
Deepavali is commonly celebrated around the month of November (or autumn in the north hemisphere) every year. It is also declared as public holiday in Singapore.
Days before the arrival of the festival, devotees and visitors alike are already busy visiting Little India for the lively bazaars or taking photos as the stunning street light-up.
As a tourist, you are welcomed to participate in this festivals of the year. There is a Silver Chariot procession, normally held two times before the actual day of Deepavali. The Silver Chariot procession usually starts from Sri Mariamman Temple in Mosque Street Chinatown, and end in Little India, which is about 4.8km (or about 3 miles away).
Are you worry about the high transportation cost in Singapore? Fret not! Introducing the Singapore Tourist Pass!
It is a special contactless card that offers tourist unlimited travel (except rides on premium services such as Sentosa Express, RWS8, Fast Forward, Night Rider and Nite Owl buses.) on Singapore’s basic bus services, MRT and LRT trains for the duration that it is valid. You can now take in the sights and sounds of Singapore in the comfort of the island’s extensive train system and public bus network. At wallet-friendly prices, you do not have to worry about having insufficient funds for your transport needs with the Singapore Tourist Pass. All you have to do is to purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass, choose the number of day passes you require, use for your unlimited rides on buses and trains, and refund the card before you leave Singapore!
You can get your very own pass upon arrival at the Changi Airport MRT Station Ticket office!