Singapore: Early Migrants – Stories and Snacks Walking Tour

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Experience the world of early migrants in Singapore. Explore Hainanese heritage & cuisine in Singapore—walk historic streets, savor iconic dishes and uncover their remarkable journey.

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  • Gain a deeper appreciation for Singapore's diverse heritage
  • Indulge your senses with a tasting of local snacks
  • Support the preservation of Singapore's rich cultural legacy
  • Savour the famous Chicken Rice!


Singapore's rich history is a mosaic of diverse cultures, and the Hainanese community stands out as culinary trailblazers. Heard of the Singapore Sling and Chicken Rice? These were created by the enterprising Hainanese people! Join us on the Hainanese Migrants Journey to delve into their remarkable story, from their origins in Hainan Island, China, to their immigration to Singapore in the 1850s. What Awaits You: Guided Neighborhood Exploration: Our journey begins in the heart of the City Hall/Bugis area, where the Hainanese community found its footing. We'll walk through the very streets where they carved out their place in Singapore's history, bounded by North Bridge Road, Beach Road, Seah Street, and Middle Road, with Purvis Street at its center. You'll gain insights into the challenges they faced and the vibrant culture they fostered. Culinary Heritage: Learn about the culinary treasures that the Hainanese community brought to Singapore. From the iconic Singapore Chicken Rice to Hainanese Curry Rice, and the local delight of Laksa to the world-famous Singapore Sling, they left an indelible mark on the city's gastronomic landscape. Dive into the culture of Kopitiam, Singapore's beloved coffee shops, thanks to their ingenuity. Unveiling the Hainanese Culinary Legacy: Despite facing challenges and being relegated to the outskirts of 'European Town' and the 'Arab Campong,' the Hainanese community flourished. Many became skilled cooks in restaurants run by the British or Peranakan, leading to the creation of the beloved dishes we savor today. Embark on this immersive adventure into Singapore's past and present, guided by the legacy of the Hainanese migrants. Reserve your spot now and savor a slice of history and flavors that have stood the test of time. Come with an appetite for knowledge and leave with a deeper connection to Singapore's extraordinary heritage.


English Speaking Guide Snacks A cup of local coffee (takeaway). Chicken Rice set (one set per person)

Important Information

  • Tour will be conducted by English speaking guide
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • This tour has many photo-taking opportunities
  • In the event of closure of any place/places of visitation in the itinerary, we reserve the right to replace with alternative place/places

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