Our ethnic diversity is apparent out on the streets. From temples, mosques and churches that are found adjacent to one another, to the diverse groups of people that roam it, the city is a kaleidoscope of religions, languages and communities. And the perfect way to appreciate this? Go on one of the following tours to discover the many threads in our cultural tapestry.

A Walk with our Ancestors: Feng Shui Tour by Tour East Singapore

Duration: Four hours

The Chinese practice of feng shui (geomancy) is ingrained in the architectural roots of Singapore, and influences buildings both old and new. To learn about this practice first-hand, embark on this tour. A personal guide will pick you up from your hotel and chaperone you around the city, pointing out how feng shui elements—such as the ‘Seven Falling Stars’—have shaped our skyscrapers.

Marina Bay Sands® is one of the stops on this tour—yes, even the property’s modern architecture has been influenced by traditional feng shui. Learn about the significance of the Rain Oculus, an art installation on the premises, and how its shape is believed to create wealth. You’ll also get to skip along Singapore’s bustling shopping belt, Orchard Road, and discover its history as a former Teochew cemetery.

The Feng Shui Tour is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm, and requires a minimum of two guests.

Central Mall Office Tower. 1 Magazine Road #07-05/06, Singapore 059567. +65 6735 1221.
Daily 8am-7pm.


Sultan of Spice by Journeys

Duration: Two and a half hours

Taking a trip down the city’s memory lane wouldn’t be complete without a tour of cinnamon, coriander and crowns. Before Sir Stamford Raffles stepped foot on the island, Singapore was ruled by Malay sultans, and it was one of the crown jewels along the spice trade route.

Embark on this trail to learn more about our pre-colonial days. After meeting your guide at Bugis Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, stumble through snaking alleyways and restored shophouses that lead to the Sultan Mosque, which was built for Sultan Hussein Shah, a 19th-century ruler. With grand minarets and a golden dome perched at the top, the mosque’s exterior is a treat for the eyes—and your camera.

Take in the charming and laid-back neighbourhood of Kampong Glam before visiting a traditional Muslim supplies shop to browse Persian carpets, kebaya (traditional Malay dresses) and perfumes handmade the old-school way. Afterwards, drop by a former palace at Istana Kampong Glam, then pay a visit to the Royal Graveyard, the final resting place of several members of royal houses.

Tours are held every Thursday, from 9.30am to noon. Take note: to enter the Sultan Mosque and marvel at its halls and intricate columns, you’ll need to be dressed appropriately—in long trousers or skirts, and sleeved blouses or shirts.

Haw Par Villa Management Office. 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628. +65 6325 1631.
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm.


Dhobis, Saris and Spot of Curry by Journeys

Duration: Two and a half hours

Little India orchestrates a sensory symphony with its sights, sounds and smells. This tour introduces you to aspects of traditional Indian culture and the Hindu religion, in the cultural precinct that has withstood the test of time. Follow the aroma of spices seeping out from the restaurants onto the streets, and keep your eyes peeled for flower garlands being weaved on roadside pushcarts.

Down at the Little India Arcade, you’ll find a cluster of shophouses selling authentic Indian products such as jewellery and garb—drop by to pick up some interesting souvenirs. The tour also stops at one of Singapore’s oldest temples, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. It’s a standing reminder of our roots; the temple was erected in 1855 by Indians who had arrived in Singapore for work.

Tours are held every Wednesday from 9.30am to noon, and begin at the Little India MRT station exit along Buffalo Road.

Haw Par Villa Management Office. 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628. +65 6325 1631.
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm.


Red Clogs Down the Five Foot Way by Journeys

Duration: Two and a half hours

Home to exotic fruits, steaming hot buns and sticky cakes, the streets of Chinatown are distinct—and delicious—reminders of our Chinese heritage. And there’s no better way to explore the precincts food, culture and traditions than in this tour.  

At Chinatown Heritage Centre, travel back in time and retrace the steps of early Chinese immigrants before strolling down rows of traditional shophouses that have been converted into shops and restaurants.

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the Chinatown market, too. Known colloquially as a “wet market”, the sprawling space bustles with activity while the scents of tropical fruits and spices hang in the air.

Tours are held every Tuesday from 9.30am to noon, and begin at Telok Ayer MRT station, along Cross Street.

Haw Par Villa Management Office. 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628. +65 6325 1631.
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm.


Unity in Diversity by A+B Edu Tours and Travel

Duration: Three hours

In this city, people of faith join hands and break barriers. Our multi-religious harmony can best be appreciated on Waterloo Street, where four places of worship harmoniously co-exist—Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Hindus share the same, 550-metre-long strip.

Find out more about the synagogue, temples and churches on this tour. Meet Buddhist devotees who shuttle between the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho and Sri Krishnan temples to pay their respects to different deities. Learn about the local Jewish community at Maghain Aboth, the oldest synagogue in Southeast Asia, and the Chinese Catholics at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. And if you still have some time after the tour, make a quick detour to Bencoolen Street, where Masjid Bencoolen serves the local Muslims.

Tours are held every Monday to Thursday and Saturday, from 4 to 7pm. They begin at the Bras Basah MRT station exit along Waterloo Street.

Golden Mile Tower. 6001 Beach Road #18-04, Singapore 199589. +65 6339 2114.
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-noon.