Guided Bugis Street Walking Tour. Enjoy.
|On this Bugis Street Walking Tour, get up close with the locals. Yes, feel the heartbeat of the real Singapore...|
At first glance, the Bugis/Waterloo Street area is just a busy place - full of buying and selling. But look carefully and you'll realise this: it's a great place to understand ordinary Singaporeans.
It's true - the shopping here is good. But you see that some things are sold more than others. Why? You see a frail old woman donating generously at the temple's donation box. Why? You see folks run their hands all over The Laughing Buddha. Again, why?
On this guided Bugis Street Walking Tour, the guides from Summer Footprints take you to a place that is often called the 'Real Chinatown'. They tell juicy stories from the area's past; and they de-mystify everything you see in the present.
Highlights of the Bugis Street Walking Tour
The Dark Past of Bugis Street. Transvestites used to ply their trade on Bugis Street. As did Japanese prostitutes before World War 2. Theirs were not just money-for-sex transactions. On this Bugis Street Walking Tour, allow your guide to re-live their stories of loyalty, betrayal and heart-aches.
The Largest Street Bazaar in Singapore. Do not hit the stalls and shop like mad straight-away. First, let your guide point you to a few oddities in this maze of 600+ stalls. Then armed with the necessary knowledge, return at the end of the tour to snag the bargains.
Sure, you'll find the odd handphone cover here and there. But many shoppers have got their hands on one-of-a-kind, home-made creations - stuff which you can't find elsewhere...
One of the '1000 Places to See Before You Die'. Patricia Schultz listed this as one of 1000 places you must see before you die. Yet Singaporeans are so lucky that they can go there everyday! Find out what this place is on this Bugis Street Walking Tour.
The Street of Faiths. Within 250m on this little street, you'll find:
- Singapore's Most Powerful Chinese Temple? The Japanese WW2 pilots didn't dare to bomb this temple, even as they ravaged everything else around it. Childless couples come to pray for breakthrough here. Terminally ill people come to plead for healing. Why is there such a buzz in this place? Find out for yourself.
- Not-Just-Any Hindu Temple. But a Hindu temple that houses a Buddhist deity and accepts joss-sticks offerings from Chinese devotees. Religious harmony or what? You need to see it.
- The Malay Church. Self-explanatory.
- A Jewish Synagogue. Yes, Singapore is more diverse than you think.
Temple Rituals De-mystified. Why is the lotus flower a best-seller outside the temples? Why do some devotees offer only red lotus flowers? What does it mean when a believer runs her hands over the belly, or the lips, or the ears of The Laughing Buddha? After a devotee has finished praying, how does she get answers from the gods? Get explanations from your guide.
Visit this authentic part of Singapore. See the real Singapore on this Bugis Street Walking Tour.
Joining The Guided Bugis Street Walking Tour
Your Guide for Bugis Street Walking Tour:
Chiep Ping or Sharon, from Summer Footprints Pte Ltd.
Tours run on Wednesday, departing at 9.30am and ending about 12.30pm.
(A booking is essential for the tour to run. Use the form below.)
Meeting Point: Bugis MRT Station (Exit C)
Online Price: S$35 per adult.
- For the tour to run, a booking is essential (minimum of 2 adult participants).
- Please book at the latest 3pm on the day before the tour date.
- Children below 12 years of age join for free with paying adults.
1) The guidance and commentary of a STB-certified tour guide.
2) Complimentary local coffee and local snacks to sample.
All personal purchases along the route of the walking tour.
To register your interest in this Bugis Street Walking Tour, fill in the form below:
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