Discover Singapore’s secrets on a guided tour
Take a walk around different parts of Singapore with volunteer tour guide Long Chin Peng, as she shares Singapore’s unique culture.
Long, 53, leads tours not only for the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), but also the Asian Civilisations Museum, the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, the Malay Heritage Centre, and the Indian Heritage Centre.
Her walking tours usually last one-and-a-half to two hours. Participants will get to share in Long’s extensive knowledge of Singapore’s history – from the everyday things that often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of the Central Business District (CBD), to spots relating to Singapore’s multicultural identity.
Read on as Long shares more about her passion for Singapore’s heritage, as well as the importance of keeping our culture alive.
Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
My reason for volunteering was that I wanted to impart Singapore’s heritage and practices to the next generation, as well as interact with locals and foreigners alike.
Why is it important that people know about the heritage and culture of a place?
Culture and its heritage reflects and shapes our values, beliefs, and aspirations, thereby defining our national identity. Preserving our heritage – especially the unique aspects – gives us a historical perspective of our family and culture.
What can people expect from your walking tours?
You may discover, like I did, that objects that have always been there – sitting in corners or even in plain sight – may have special cultural significance. Some examples are a heritage trail that follows the fortunes of Singapore’s ‘Wall Street’ from the time when it was first named Raffles Way in the CBD (then popularly known as Golden Shoe) and another being a CBD Arts Trail, which surprises participants with its hidden art gems.
As a volunteer, what keeps you going?
The passion to share my heritage and my country’s history. I also love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and exchanging knowledge about my island home.
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Learn more about the walking tour here.