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Telok Ayer Street Tours

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Telok Ayer Street
Located in Chinatown in the Central Business District in Singapore, Telok Ayer Street has a two-fold significance. It’s both the name of the area that Sir Stamford Raffles set aside for Chinese immigrants when the British ruled Singapore and it was also one of the first streets in this area. Fast-forward 150 years and it’s now a bustling tourist destination. Walking down Telok Ayer gives you a chance to glimpse into the past, as many of the building have been conserved and restored. The shophouses that you see appear much as they did in the 1800s, showing what life was like in this waterfront area. However, there are plenty of modern amenities, too, including quirky shops, cafes and plenty of places to dine. 

The other draw to Telok Ayer Street is the many places of worship that you’ll find in close proximity to one another. Hokkien temples are located near mosques and shrines as well as a Methodist church. Grateful immigrants who wanted to thank their gods for a safe journey built most of these locations. While there are many examples to visit, some of the most interesting include: Thian Hock Keng Temple, the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, Nagore Durgha Shrine and Al-Abrar Mosque. Keep an eye out for heritage markers or explore one of the many museums in the area to learn more about this rich and diverse history.

Practical Info

Telok Ayer is located in Chinatown and can be accessed by both the MRT (Singapore’s mass transit) and the bus system, but the MRT is the easiest—just get off at DT18, the Telok Ayer MRT stop on the downtown line. From there you can wander the shops, learn more about the many religious sites or sit down for a bite to eat at one of the food centers.
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Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

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Discover the culinary delights of Singapore’s Chinatown on a walking tour that includes a hawker center and other food sites. With a guide, visit the Chinatown Complex to sample authentic dishes like Singaporean chicken rice and spring rolls. Try sugar cane juice, ‘pulled’ tea and 'chwee kueh' (water rice cake) and pass by temples and other cultural sights while learning about the neighborhood’s diverse culinary heritage. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
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Telok Ayer Mobile Self-Guided Walking Tour (Singapore)

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Singapore's Private Hawker Centre Food Tour: Tastings & Secrets

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Singapore knows how to party after dark. Discover the local secrets on this evening nightlife walking tour. Grab dinner from an authentic hawker stall at the Telok Ayer Market. With a satisfied belly, visit a rooftop club, a cocktail bar, an entire street dedicated to nightlife. End at a pub with live music and dance the night away after the tour, if you’re in the mood.
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Have you ever visited somewhere and felt that you could have learned more about these places? Well… we do! . Our tours are curated and conducted by tourism professionals with the intention to fully bring out the flavour and deep experience that each sight can offer. We do not attempt to stuff into so many sights and locations that each tour ends up being a touch and go experience. . If you like a fun-filled informative trip with discussions and elaboration, join us on our trips to these unique destinations. . This 3-hour private walking tour takes you to some of the most historically important and visually stunning sights in the historic district of Chinatown. . We will be visiting: Telok Ayer Street, Thian Hock Keng, Ann Siang Hill, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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