Tiong Bahru estate, is the first housing estate project initiated by Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) to provide housing for the population moving away from the city centre. It exemplifies the unique planning and architectural style inculcated from the British Colonial times. The local neighborhood still exudes rich local culture and unique charm even until the present modern era, way back from the 1950s. Where the old heritage meets the modern chic, Tiong Bahru is definitely a great place to embark on your next heritage trail in Singapore.
Explore the most charming and chic housing estate awash with good eateries and eclectic little shops. The 2.5km trail will bring you through Tiong Bahru’s old architectural buildings, adorned with a unique architectural design, the Tiong Bahru flats that span the area are very attractive- to look at and as a place to reside in. As you walk the trail, look out for these flats and you can even stop at a hipster cafe for tea!
The nearest shopping mall offers a unique urban experience in downtown Singapore
Situated just 10 min away from Link Hotel Singapore , Tiong Bahru Plaza is a neighbourhood mall that offers an array of F&B establishments and shopping options, serving the needs of residents around the vicinity, business executives from Central Plaza offices and students from the neighboring schools. The mall is easily accessible as it is situated above the Tiong Bahru Station on the East West line.
At the intersection of Seng Poh Road and Tiong Bahru Road today lies a bird corner that was set up in the early 1980s. The bird corner was set up by the owner of a traditional coffee shop, Wah Heng, that was located at on the ground floor of the current Link Hotel.
The bird corner drew in throngs of bird owners who showed off their birds, listened to their calls and songs, and socialised with one another.
A number of bird singing competitions were held at the corner, including one sponsored by Dutch airline KLM. Popular American jazz flutist Herbie Mann also visited the corner in 1984 and performed to the accompaniment of bird songs.
The temple is dedicated to 孙悟空 (“Sun Wukong” in Chinese), the monkey king in Wu Chen-en’s Journey to the West novel. It contains more than ten statues of the monkey god, with one more almost a century old. Qi Tian Gong’s temples claim that the temple was the very first in Singapore dedicated to the monkey god. Today, there are over 40 temples in Singapore that worship the monkey god.
The monkey god of Tiong Bahru Qi Tian Gong temple has many believers. Men and women followers always been sincere in worshiping at the temple. Incense is flourishing. The devotees from all over the country. In addition to local devotees, they are from the Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and even from the United States.
Take a walk around the heart of Tiong Bahru estate and you will find murals done by our local artist Mr Yip Yew Chong.