SINGAPORE – Local tour operators and heritage businesses in Singapore’s tourist precinct of Chinatown are fighting to regain a measure of normalcy and visitors through launching small-scale events.
With the ongoing concern of wellness in Singapore, we hope that this event allowed visitors to gain more knowledge whilst enjoying themselves and celebrating the rich heritage of Singapore’s Chinatown,
Over the weekend, Chinatown Business Association, which represents tourism businesses from hotels, hawkers, retailers to business and grassroots leaders, organised a wellness-themed event, Healthy Chinatown, to encourage visitors to explore the precinct.
Organisers were keen to continue welcoming visitors, emphasising that Chinatown “remains safe for families to visit”.
Among the highlights was a health and beauty themed tour around Chinatown, which was led by the Society of Tourist Guides Singapore. The 30-minute tour offered an introduction to facets of Chinatown’s history as well as traditional herbal teas and soups that are said to boost wellness.
Visitors also had a chance to experience Singapore’s rich heritage past in the 1950s and 1960s, with traditional street games and free trishaw tours around the precinct.
Participants learning the art of traditional local coffee making at Nanyang Old Coffee, an authentic Singaporean brand that still grinds and roasts coffee daily. Credit: Chinatown Business Association
The event’s series of workshops, talks and tours drew a turnout of 240 local and international visitors, including a full house for a 15-seat coffee workshop organised by Nanyang Coffee and 40-seat herbalist talk by Thye Shan Medical.
All sessions were capped at a maximum of 50 people in order to ensure the safety of visitors. It also implemented measures such as social distancing with clear floor-marked stickers, temperature taking and contact tracing, in accordance with guidelines by the Ministry of Health.
“With the ongoing concern of wellness in Singapore, we hope that this event allowed visitors to gain more knowledge whilst enjoying themselves and celebrating the rich heritage of Singapore’s Chinatown,” said Lim Yick Suan, executive director of Chinatown Business Association.