25 April 2014

Free walking tours from Jane's Walk from 2 to 6 May

The second Jane’s Walk weekend will be held from 2-6 May this year, featuring 10 different walks, six more than in 2013.

Backed by the Singapore Heritage Society this year, Jane’s Walk is a series of free walking tours named after urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs. "Be a tourist in your own city, so to speak!" invite the organisers. The walks are organised and powered solely by volunteers, who have a passion for culture and knowledge, and a love for the country.

Those who might want to gather a group of like-minded colleagues to experience the walks can choose from: 

The Road to Riches on Clemenceau Avenue | 10 am, 2 May 2014 
Learn about the fortunes of immigrants from China and India and their contributions to the local community. 

The Fullerton Heritage Walk | 7 pm, 2 May 2014

A Fullerton Heritage tour guide will lead a stroll along the Fullerton Heritage precinct at Marina Bay, the iconic cityscape of Singapore.

Geylang Serai & Joo Chiat Uncovered | 9:30 pm, 3 May 2014

A food walk, explore Singapore's largest architecture conservation district and traipse through the backlanes, shortcuts and hidden gardens while snacking on street food.

Opium Hill Ramble | 2:45 pm, 3 May 2014

Join us for this trek in the forest of Opium Hill (Bukit Chandu) and experience what it must have been like for the invading Japanese soldiers as they fought their way uphill against the 1st Malay Regiment.

Tiong Bahru Charm | 5:30 pm, 3 May 2014

Tiong Bahru remains an enclave, a throwback to old times. Pass Art Deco apartments that pre-date the current government and visit mom and pop shops still take time to make small talk and give freebies.

An Evening Stroll into the Past | 7 pm, 3 May 2014

A dusk to dark stroll through Bukit Brown Cemetery. Listen to stories of the pioneers that helped build Singapore, while looking out for night birds during this leisurely stroll.

Heritage walk from Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown | 8 am, 4 May 2014

This tour starts at the Botanic Gardens MRT, passes the old Command House along Kheam Hock Road, and into the trail at Bukit Brown, exploring the remnants of a kampung after which walkers will cross over into the cemetery.

Love MacRitchie Walk at Venus Loop | 8:30 am, 4 May 2014

A walk to raise awareness MacRitchie’s rich wildlife and natural beauty, and help conserve it. 

The Peoples' Chinatown tour | 9:30 am, 4 May 2014

Rediscover the vibrancy of Chinatown at its fringes while learning of its illustrious and at times unsavoury past. The locale of what is now known as Chinatown is the legacy of the 1823 Raffles-Jackson Singapore Town Plan. This neighborhood has evolved but remained relevant today.

Burmese Roads Along Balestier | 4 pm, 4 May 2014

We will trace the Burmese roads along Balestier while being introduced to their namesakes and the social issues that surround them in present day Myanmar, while exploring the heritage and stories of early Burmese immigrants. The walk will end at the Burmese Buddhist temple on Tai Gin Road, where modern day Burmese immigrants gather for prayer and devotion since its relocation.

A Writer’s Memory Lane | 6 pm, 6 May 2014 

This walk will begin at the Admin Building of Singapore Management University - and culminate at Raffles City. The distance covered in terms of reach and history will be enormous.

For more information on the full slate of walks, please visit www.janeswalk.org/singapore/singapore. Individuals who are interested in taking part in a walk can sign up here.