Telok Ayer: From Sinkehs to Towkays™ - Chinatown Cultural Tour

Description of Programme

Did you know that Telok Ayer Street once faced the seafront? Come explore Telok Ayer (‘Basin of Water’ in Malay), where thousands of Chinese immigrants once landed in the 19th century after a long voyage from China in search of a better life in Southeast Asia. Telok Ayer was the place where the Hokkiens made their home, many of whom became tycoons! Follow their rags to riches journey and visit the places where they had left their mark: places of worship, shophouses, back alleys and wells. Discover how the diverse communities – Chinese, Indian and Malay – settled peacefully among each other in Chinatown. Participants will also learn about a distinctive style of architecture that evolved here, which is reflective of Singapore’s multicultural character. Sites covered a. Thian Hock Keng Temple (entry subject to availability) b. Singapore Hokkien Huay Guan c. Telok Ayer Green d. Fuk Tak Chi Museum (entry subject to availability) e. Nagore Dargah (entry subject to availability) f. Ann Siang Hill g. Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club & Pondok Peranakan Gelam Club (outside) Meeting point Telok Ayer MRT Station Outside Exit B

Learning Objective / Total Defence Pillars

1. Total Defence (Social and Psychological)

2. Gain an itimate insight into one of Chinatown's sub-ethnic districts settled mainly by the Hokkien community. Be inspired by the rags-to-riches stories of some of the early immigrants. Understand the origins, traditions, cultures, religions, heritage and contributions of the Chinese community in Singapore.

3. Appreciate the fighting spirit of immigrants in overcoming adversity and succeeding.


2.5 - 3 hrs

Session Timings

Session 1: 09:00 – 11:30 / 12:00
Session 2: 14:00 – 16:30 / 17:00

Pricing (per participant)

Min 20 pax: $23.00

Terms and Conditions

a. The units will be allowed to make a one-time amendment to their booking, to be communicated to JPL in writing at least ten working days before the conduct of the NE Activity.
b. If the units submit an amendment to their booking less than ten working days before the conduct of the NE Activity, they will be charged an amendment fee.

a. JPL will charge the full amount per participant who is absent from the NE Activity without any valid reason.
b. The charges will be waived in full for absent participants with a valid reason subject to a maximum of 10 per cent of the agreed number of participants.
c. The following valid reasons for absenteeism are:
c.i. Submit a valid medical certificate or relevant medical documentation, or
c.ii. Furnish certain compelling reasons which are unrelated to work commitments, such as compassionate leave
d. Relevant documentation must be provided within 5 working days of the completion of the NE Activity.

a. In the event that units request cancellation of confirmed NE Activities, JPL may impose cancellation charges on these units, if a cancellation notice is not received (in writing) at least 10 working days prior to the confirmed date of the Activity. The cancellation clauses will be as follows:

Cancellation notice (No. of Working Days) before confirmed date of NE Activity and maximum cancellation charges:
Less than 10 working days' notice - 10% of total fees for all participants
Less than 2 working days' notice - 50% of total fess for all participants
Less than 1 working days' notice - 100% of total fees

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