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Guided Walking Tour of Singapore's Colonial District

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This is the walk where you'll learn about Singapore's national flower, the Sarkies brothers, the Straits Times and that wonderful drink called "the Singapore Sling." Discover Singapore's colonial legacy from The Time of Empire.

  • Explore the historic Saint Andrew's Cathedral and visit Coleman Street
  • Trace the fascinating history of the Armenian Diaspora at the Armenian Church
  • Hear the colorful stories of the French missionary at the majestic CHIJmes building
  • Relive the nostalgia of the Golden Era of Travel at the Raffles Hotel


"This place possesses an excellent harbor... Singapore is everything we could desire" - Sir Stamford Raffles, 1819.

On 6th February 1819, Singapore was claimed as a trading outpost of the British Empire to "secure to the British flag the maritime superiority of the Eastern seas." In governance, religion, entertainment, and many other spheres, the imprint of Singapore's colonial past is indelible. This is the walk where you'll learn about Singapore's national flower, the Sarkies brothers, the Straits Times and that wonderful drink called "the Singapore Sling." Discover Singapore's colonial legacy from The Time of Empire.


  • St Andrew's Cathedral

  • Coleman Street

  • CHIJmes

  • Armenian Church

  • National Gallery Singapore (Viewing Deck)

  • Raffles Hotel


This itinerary is available on the day indicated above only but feel free to check the alternatives on the schedule below. The local operator runs other walks with the same focus on history and heritage and the same principle of taking you to places most other tours don't.

Monday: The Time of Empire™ A Colonial District Walk

Tuesday: Red Clogs Down the Five Foot Way™ A Chinatown Walk

Tuesday: Through Fog and Fire - Singapore 1942™ A Changi Museum War Trail

Wednesday: Dhobis, Saris & a Spot of Curry™ A Little India Walk

Thursday: Sultans of Spice™ A Kampong Glam Walk

Friday: Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger Finding Your Tao in Haw Par Villa™

Friday: Secrets of the Red Lantern™ A Chinatown & Geylang Night Tour

Saturday: Changi WWII™ A Changi Museum War Trail (afternoon tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)


  • English-speaking guide
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Guided Walking Tour of Singapore's Colonial District

Duration: 3 hour(s)
Available: Mon
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide
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  • 09:15

    Departure from City Hall MRT Station

  • St. Andrew's Cathedral

    Marvel at the grandeur of Singapore's largest cathedral. Located at the heart of the city, this impressive structure has become a national monument.

  • Coleman Street and Armenian Church

    Head to Coleman Street and learn more about the man who was responsible for most of Singapore's early colonial architecture. Uncover fascinating facts about the city's first Armenian community at the Armenian Church.

  • CHIJMES Building

    Visit the fanous CHIJMES Building (or chimes) which once served as a convent named, The Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus. Used as a church for over 100 years, the complex is now home to several forms of recreation such as shopping, restaurants, an art gallery and more.

  • National Gallery Singapore (Viewing Deck)

    Stop by the viewing deck of Singapore's largest museum. Admire the beautiful cityscape as your guide shares insider information about major projects happening within the city!

  • 12:00

    End of Tour at CHIJMES

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  • Note-taking and any form of video and audio recording are not allowed on the tours. Photography is allowed but not in such excess that it disrupts the tour.

  • Photographic devices are not allowed in the Supreme Court and must be surrendered at the entrance.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • No sleeveless, collarless shirts or T-shirts

  • No short pants

  • No faded or torn jeans

  • No flip-flops

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  • Please call the activity provider 24 hours before your activity to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

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  • You will be refunded if the tour is canceled due to unlikely events such as extreme weather conditions, road closures, or any other unforeseeable circumstances.

  • In the rare occasion of a change in tour schedule, you will be contacted at least one week prior to your tour date.

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  • Any cancellations made after the booking confirmation date will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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