Singapore adds new stops, themes to Bukit Timah heritage trails

The National Heritage Board (NHB) of Singapore has refreshed its Bukit Timah Heritage Trail with new historical sites and updated features for easier accessibility.

The trail now features a total of 38 heritage landmarks, including the newly added Bukit Timah Railway Station, St Joseph’s Church, Former Command House and Fuyong Estate.

Alvin Tan introduces one of the historical sites located along the trail

NHB has also installed eight new trail markers to highlight and describe sites on the trail, as well as introduced three 2.5km-long thematic routes for visitors to explore different segments of Bukit Timah.

Themed trails include the Kampong Life Trail, WWII Legacy Trail and Leisure and Learning Trail, and vary between one to two hours each.

Alvin Tan, assistant chief executive (policy & community) of NHB, said: “Recent travel trends have shown that there is an increasing demand for more local and authentic experiences. Through our heritage trails, we hope to encourage tourists to explore the other parts of Singapore, not just the usual tourist landmarks.”

The trail has also helped place heritage buildings such as Masjid Al-Huda and Hoon San Temple – religious sites in what was once a kampong village – on the radar for visitors.

Goh Su Pheng, admin manager of Hoon San Temple, told TTG Asia that he is expecting more visitors with increased awareness of the heritage temple the trail is likely to bring.

Information, guides and route maps for the Bukit Timah Heritage Trail are available in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil on NHB’s heritage portal,, and at selected locations such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Former Ford Factory.

Tan revealed that NHB is currently working on a walking trail through Orchard Road, which will be unveiled in July or August this year.

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