Jalan Besar Tour

Date(s) - 15 March 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Farrer Park MRT Station


Dear Members and Friends,

Come join this tour with our guide Charlotte Chu to explore a “hidden city with a global soul”, one that has gone from¬†swamp to shops and sleaze and now to swag.


About the Tour:
Beneath the seeming ordinariness lies a rich and diverse community that remains unique from Singapore‚Äôs other neighbourhoods. Welcome to Jalan Besar! The working man’s district, where hardware stores and machinery repair shops are cheek by jowl with hipster cafes, backpacker inns, yummy food stalls, nightclubs and karaoke bars. In the words of one resident, the area exudes a certain sense of darkness and exoticism, an almost schizophrenic existence with traditional places open in the day and a totally different set of businesses open at night.

We will hear stories of the most famous nightclub of a bygone era and also of the infamous “Thieves Market”, where folks used to go in the afternoons to try to repurchase the things that they lost to pickpockets and burglars in the morning. Discover the unique and striking shophouses, some which boast of facades seen nowhere else in Singapore.

And true to Singapore’s heritage, of course there is the food! We will embark on a culinary sampling of some Jalan Besar eateries renowned for their varied and delicious offerings that drive the content of many food blogs.

Friday, 15th March at 9:00 am

Above ground, Exit H of Farrer Park MRT, in front of City Square Mall

Price (incl. sampling of food):
Members                         $ 45
Non-Members                $ 65

Please note: As there will be a lot of walking, please put on comfortable footwear and bring your umbrella and drinking water.

Please sign up early; bookings will close on Monday, 11th March 2019. 

A minimum number of participants is required; if it is not met registration will be refunded. Please be advised that we have to charge the full amount in case cancellation will be done after deadline or no show.

We look forward to seeing you.

Kind regards,

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No-shows & cancellations fees:

No-shows will be charged. Free cancellation can be done till 2 days prior to the event by sending an email to: ecteam@swiss-sg.org. Cancellations made later will be charged the event costs.

Bookings are closed for this event.