Chinatown is known as a cultural enclave in Singapore where the Chinese immigrant population once lived.
It is now one of the preserved historic quarters, where you can find traditional shophouses, as well as Hindu temples, mosques, and Chinese temples that sit side by side.
Chinatown is full of life and rich in heritage charm and full of things to see, eat and buy. So if you think Chinatown is only lively in the month before Chinese New Year, you're definitely wrong.
This weekend the Chinatown Business Association is organizing an event entitled "Healthy Chinatown".
The streets of Chinatown will be filled with fun (and free) activities so that Singaporeans can stay active and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect:
1. Free traditional street games
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The streets of Sago St, Pagoda St, and Trengganu St will be transformed into a “play street”, allowing you to explore and play a number of different old school games such as hopscotch and airplane chess.
This will be a nostalgic throwback to the good old days when children of the past talked with simple but fun street games long before technology came into our lives.
2. Free health and beauty tour
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This 30-minute hike is in collaboration with the Society Tour Guide Singapore. The route includes four stops that start on Smith Street and end on South Bridge Road.
On this tour, you can learn more about Chinatown's rich history by visiting some important places that have historical significance. For example, did you know that an opium cave used to be housed in the Pagoda Street?
You also have the opportunity to visit Thye Shan Medical Hall, which has pioneered traditional Chinese medicine in Singapore. and Tong Heng Delicacies, a popular pastry shop known for its diamond-shaped pancakes.
3. Free Trishaw tour
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Climb on a trishaw led by a friendly trishaw uncle and take a 10-minute tour of Chinatown that follows a set route that lets you experience pleasant sights and sounds in the district.
All you have to do is sit back and relax as he walks you through a maze of alleys to discover hidden gems.
4. Free coffee workshop
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In this hands-on workshop led by Nanyang Old Coffee, you can better understand and appreciate the unique taste of traditional Kopi from Singapore, so you can become a coffee connoisseur.
In this 30-minute workshop, you will learn more about the local technical language for ordering coffee and how to make a good cup of coffee – from roasting the coffee beans to grinding and brewing.
5. Herbalist sharing
Photo credit: Thye Shan Medical Hall
As the saying goes, "health is wealth". You can enjoy a long life in good health, but regular exercise and healthy eating alone are not enough.
In this herbalism swapping session, a traditional medicine pharmacist will give some health and wellness advice on how to build your immune system with various herbs and spices. The expert will also show you how to use the right oils like lemongrass and nutmeg for different types of diseases.
To attend this session, you must register your interest here and pay USD 2 for the admission fee. It is good value for money, as you also get a $ 10 wellness goodie bag that includes a set of masks, a pack of antibacterial wipes, a bottle of herbal drink, and food vouchers.
Here is a summary of the event details. So don't forget to share it with your family and friends!
Date: March 21 and 22 (Sat and Sun)
Time: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This article was written in collaboration with the Chinatown Business Association.
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