First official heritage trail of Little India launched

First official heritage trail of Little India launched
The Little India Arcade near Campbell Lane is one of the historical landmarks along the Little India Heritage Trail, which is the National Heritage Boards 16th heritage trail, the newest addition to its family of trails around Singapore. It has been designed and curated to help Singaporeans uncover the lesser known stories of this vibrant historic and cultural precinct through an exploration of over 40 sites. Its provision of three new bite-sized, thematic routes, marks a first for heritage trails in Singapore.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

A new heritage trail of the 200-year-old Little India enclave has been launched by the National Heritage Board (NHB).

It is NHB's 16th trail and the first official one for the historic enclave, reported The Straits Times.

The 4km route features more than 40 sites and 18 markers.

Little India Heritage TrailPhoto: National Heritage Board, TNP Graphics

Previously, there were just markers by the Singapore Tourism Board.

Among the attractions are the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Racecourse Road and Foochow Methodist Church.

At Race Course Road, visitors will learn that the area once served as a rifle range, a polo field and a golf course in the 1870s to 1890s.

NHB also developed three thematic routes called Serangoon in the 1900s, Walk of Faiths and Shop Till You Drop.

"We did this to cater to the varied tastes of tourists with different time constraints," said Mr Alvin Tan, NHB's assistant chief executive of policy and community.

The public can download the trail brochure and map from NHB's website

This article was first published on Jan 25, 2017.
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