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Get Up Close with Singapore's Disappearing Trades

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At a Glance

At a Glance

New Covid-19 GuidelinesThe activity host will only allow a maximum of 5 persons per booking.Vaccination or PET (Pre Event Test) is not needed as this activity does not require masks to come off.This is a 3-hour exclusive access to some of the people behind Singapore's disappearing trades. Visit a coffee roasting factory, an old-school bread maker and even an obscure ancestral paper money shop. This may be the last generation of such tradespeople in Singapore, so you'll be experiencing living history. Option DetailsToday, Singapore is recognised on the global stage as a modern metropolis. But what was life like in the 1950s to 1980s? Travel back in time with Tribe Tours on this nostalgic journey to learn about the rich heritage of some of Singapore's dying trades.On this 3-hour guided trip, you will get special access to factories and shops, where you can meet the expert craftsmen of some of the nation's favourite comfort foods and watch them in action!Pick up tricks of the trade and sample the Singaporean staple Kopi 'O' (black coffee) at a coffee roasting factory. Hear a baker share about how old-school bread is being replaced by mass-produced bread and see if you can taste the difference at one of Singapore's oldest traditional bakeries. Meet the highly skilled makers of the intricate paper offerings that the Chinese use to pay respects to ancestors...and much more!This journey into history is a great experience for adults to reminisce their childhoods and for children to witness a slice of Singapore's disappearing trades before they fade.Time SlotsThis experience takes place every Tuesday and Friday between 9am and 12pm.

Details

3.0 hours
Private trip
Up to 5 persons

Activities

Heritage Walks

Suitable For

Families with Kids
Foodies
Large Groups (>6 pax)

Choose this if...

You wish to discover what Singapore was like in the 60s to 80s and learn about the disappearing traditional trades from the craftsmen themselves.

What's included

What's included

  • Experienced Guide
  • See first-hand our natives at work and hear their stories
  • Coach comfort to shorten travelling time
  • Other expenses

Availability

Availability

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Where You'll Meet

Where You'll Meet

  • Newton Food Centre near taxi drop off point 15 mins before selected timeslot Details

What You'll Do

What You'll Do

This is a sample itinerary and may be weather-dependent.
Day 1: Singapore
Singapore

Learn about Singapore's past through local craftsman who have interesting stories to share!

  • Newton Food Centre near taxi drop off point (500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Newton Circus Food Centre, Central Area, Singapore) - 15 mins before
  • Start off with a visit to a coffee roasting factory, where you will learn about the local kopi industry, the tricks of the trade, roasting techniques, and have a sampling of kopi 'O' or black coffee.
  • Then, meet the craftsman of a snack many locals don't even know about — sachima, and the makers of the beloved pig ear's biscuit and cuttlefish snack!
  • Next up: one of the oldest remaining traditional bakeries left in Singapore. Hear from the baker himself why this once thriving business is now a disappearing trade.
  • Lastly, meet the masters of paper houses making and learn how the Chinese pray and pay their respects to their ancestors by burning paper objects as a form of offering to the afterlife.

Meet your guide

Meet your guide

Tribe Tours

Tribe Tours provide privately guided tours curated by locals who know the city inside out. The tours give the travellers a glimpse of the city, where you will experience and interact with locals rather than as a passive tourist. Cook local dishes, snap pictures of the local architecture, taste, and even order food like a local. Group size are kept small and intimate to facilitate interaction.
Fluent English
Litter-Free

What others are saying

What others are saying

4.9 out of 44 helpful reviews
LunaKitsune
25 Nov 2020
Chinatown Murder Mystery Tour - It's not a race against the clock to solve the murder because you have more than your own group of friends ie strangers joining you on the tour; you kinda end up waiting for one another to be able to move on to the next 'station' although you or they have already solved the puzzle for a particular station. Character role play was weak towards the end. Game wasn't very challenging either. We basically didn't feel engaged. For $50 a pop, 1.5hrs, we are unlikely to do it again but it was pretty fun if you want a simple stroll around Chinatown.
Diane L
23 Nov 2020

Chinatown murders was extremely fun!! Andros is the best guide and really made the game. His enthusiasm and history was such a pleasure! Highly recommend for a wholesome and educational family activity

Kim Ping Seah
21 Nov 2020
This review is for the Outdoor Escape Room Game - Chinatown Street Murder. I am a local tourist guide in Singapore and if I give it 5 stars for this experience, you can imagine how much I must have enjoyed it! Our tourist guide was Mr Tan Boon Yick. He brought along Henry, Aunty Geok, Raj and many character and they altogether told many stories about Chinatown. He is engaging and a great game master! I was greatly entertained and not to mention I was at the same time challenged by the puzzles. I didn't have time to solve the murder due to other business commitments. But I managed to do 4 of the 6 checkpoints and they are not easy yet fun! The word fun cannot sum it all, you just have to experience it. I am surprised and I bet you will too by the exceptional execution of this experience. You will not see Chinatown in the same way anymore after this. A great example of local tours for locals!
Sara
17 Nov 2020

Got to know some interesting local history through the tour. A bit tiring but fun and had a good walking workout.

Li Y
15 Nov 2020

Great service! Food choices were good! The pace of tour was good. Guides were knowledgeable. Highly recoemmended

Covid Policies and Practices

Covid Policies and Practices

Covid Cancellation Policy
If there are strict Covid-19 regulations that prevent you from going on your trip, you may get a full refund via Seek Sophie credits (can be used on multiple bookings with no expiry) or reschedule at no additional costs. Otherwise, we would do our best to help you reschedule in other cases. Read our full policy here.

Policies

Policies

Usual Cancellation Policy (for Non-Covid reasons)
As Tribe Tours would be holding the slot for you and turning down other potential customers, you won’t be able to cancel after you book.

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