Singapore’s Hidden Gem: Balestier Heritage Trail

Singapore’s Hidden Gem: Balestier Heritage Trail, Singapore, Singapore (B)

Blessed with delicious local bites, quaint temples and colourful shophouses, Balestier preserves much of its colourful past—pretty much a less commercialized sister to the famed Chinatown enclave.

The precinct has its beginning as a sugar plantation owned by the colony’s first American consul, Joseph Balestier. Chinese and Indian labourers were employed in the 19th century, forming the backbone of the community which flourished and settled into the historical shophouses and bungalows.

The nearest MRT stations to Balestier are Toa Payoh and Novena. Due to its central location, there are plenty of buses heading from the CBD to Balestier Road.

If you would like to follow the trail of this article, we recommend you to start from Toa Payoh MRT, which is just a stone throw’s away from the first stop of this article.

First built in the 1970s, this enchanting park is a popular spot for couples and wedding photoshoots. Stroll along the landscaped ponds and rustic gazebos framed by willow trees, watch the dragonflies that call this park home, or enjoy a peaceful meditation. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Singapore’s Hidden Gem: Balestier Heritage Trail
Guide Location: Singapore » Singapore
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Andrew Darwitan
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Toa Payoh Town Park
  • Sun Yat Seng Nanyang Memorial Hall
  • Maha Sasanaramsi Burmese Buddhist Temple
  • Kwan Im Tng Temple
  • Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice
  • Kai Juan Bak Kut Teh
  • Kwan Low Yuen Shophouses
  • Mandalay Road Hospital
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Sim Kwong Ho Shophouses
  • Whampoa Makan Place
  • Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau
  • Wheeler’s Yard
  • Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

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