What to buy now Trafalgar’s new tour spotlights Singapore’s arts and culture By TTG Asia / Posted on 30 November, 2020 15:26 Singapore’s arts and cultural heritage are the focus of Tralfalgar’s new series of placemaking tours to explore the “heartware” of the city-state. The tour operator has launched the Singapore Arts and Cultural Gems, a six-hour discovery tour around the Bras Basah, Bugis and Tiong Bahru precincts, including Waterloo Street, one of Singapore’s oldest streets. Heritage buildings along Waterloo Street, including The Theatre Practice (above), feature in Trafalgar’s new tour Presented as a day tour, guests will explore the stories of two vibrant cultural enclaves tying Singapore’s past with its present. With insights by local insiders, the tour explores Singapore’s sociocultural history and delves into what has formed the “heartware” of its communities. Two different themes are available for its guided walking tour of the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct. Crossroads Alive! is a one-of-a-kind tour organised in partnership with local bilingual theatre institution The Theatre Practice. With historical anecdotes compiled during the creation process of Practice’s Four Horse Road 2020 production, guests will learn about the diverse communities that once populated Waterloo Street and its neighbouring streets. The tour includes lunch at Practice Tuckshop, and a tasting of the Practice 54 tea, created specially for the arts group by Pek Sin Choon Tea Merchants. Organised in partnership with Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation and Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (SWHF), the Tapestries of the Heart tour presents the stories of Singapore’s pioneer women who have played an instrumental role in shaping Singapore’s history. Guests will discover how the various landmarks around the neighbourhood are linked to the changemakers featured in SWHF. The tour includes lunch at Awafi Restaurant, and a Be My Guest experience with Chef Asai at Bincho @ Hua Bee, Tiong Bahru’s dual-concept restaurant with over 70 years of history. Trafalgar’s Be My Guest experience allows passionate hosts to open up their homes and businesses to share stories with travellers. Prices for Singapore Arts and Cultural Gems tour are from S$228 (US$170) per person, and SingapoRediscovers Vouchers can be used to offset tour prices from December 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.