SINGAPORE - Visiting Singapore's museums and monuments could net you a $50,000 cash prize.
Liberty Hunt: Capturing The Lion City is a treasure hunt that will happen over 12 days from Aug 19 to 31. There is an entry fee of $35 for each participant.
Clues will be hidden at Singapore's monuments, landmarks and museums. The heritage theme is to celebrate the National Heritage Board's 20th anniversary.
Organiser Liberty Insurance Singapore is sponsoring the top prize of $50,000 in cash, with other sponsors giving away cameras, food and beverage vouchers and hotel stays.
The inaugural event last year revolved around NPark's Park Connector Networks and spanned four weeks.
The winner was Ms Claudia Petrat, 27, who splurged her winnings on a three-week holiday in Thailand.
The Singapore permanent resident, then a law student, and eight friends - law students, a copywriter and an investment banker - also won about $10,000 more in cash, scooped up for solving puzzles along the way. In all, her group netted some $60,000. Each person's share was more than $6,000.
Still feeling the thrill of the chase, the self-described "competitive" Ms Petrat, now an associate at a law firm, has signed up for this year's Liberty Hunt to defend her title.
She says: "Solving the puzzles was thrilling and I enjoy a challenge."
Liberty Insurance Singapore's chief executive officer Martin Bridger, 45, says the 200km network NPark's Park Connector Networks was a "good alternative route to cycling on the roads, given the number of cycling accidents" last year.
More than a thousand people took part in last year's hunt, which was on from Sept 30 to Oct 27.
They fanned out to locations such as Punggol Waterway, Bukit Batok Nature Park and the East Coast Park.
Participants received one clue at a time on their smartphones or iPad, figure out the puzzle and head to the right location to get the next clue.
This year's hunt will follow a similar format. There is no information on the number of participants who have signed up for this year's event.
At a roadshow to drum up interest for this year's race at Bugis Junction on Sunday, Ms Angelita Teo, 41, director of the National Museum of Singapore, says she hopes the event will give people a better sense of the nation's heritage.
For students, it will provide "nuggets of interesting facts" not commonly found in history books.
Studying about the Japanese Occupation or Singapore's colonial past in class is not the same as finding out the exact location where an event took place, says Ms Teo. As for adults, she hopes the event will debunk the "notion that the majority still has - that museums are old and musky", and interest them to revisit these spaces.
HOW TO TAKE PART
Who: Open to anyone who is 17 and above, and a Singaporean, Singapore permanent resident or employment pass holder.
How: Download an app from the App Store or Google Play for your smartphone before the game starts.
Fee: $35 each or $20 each for students and early birds (before Aug 11).
Info: Go to http://libertyhunt.com.sg/ for details
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