16 January 2014 10:15
How much do you know about Chinatown?

Learn a piece of history while soaking in the festivities in the Chinatown Chinese New Year walking trail.

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Text & Photos: Chua Yan Yu
Additional Photos: Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee

If you would like to learn a piece of history while soaking in the festivities in Chinatown, here's your chance.

This year's Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration will, for the first time, hold an educational walking trail.

Organised by the Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee, participants can expect to weave through five-foot ways and restored colonial shophouses while volunteer tour guides narrate to them the history of Chinatown and how some streets got their names.

They can also learn about the myths behind some of the Chinese New Year traditions during the free tour.

The one and a half hour tour is also a bid to attract more youths to participate in traditional festivities.

Said Poh Chi Chuan, Director of Cultural Precincts and Tourism Concept Development at the Singapore Tourism Board: "We hope that both locals and tourists can immerse in the festive bustle and gain greater appreciation of Singapore's culture and history in a memorable way."

Click on to find out what you can expect from the tour.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Walking Trail
Dates: 18, 19, 25 & 26 January 2014
Time: 3 - 4.30pm or 7 - 8.30pm
Meeting Point: Information booth at Kreta Ayer Square

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