Places Practices

Community Association Series: Singapore Hok San Association

by Singapore Hok San Association

Do you have what it takes to be a lion dancer? See how our host Jerald fares under the guidance of master practitioners from the Singapore Hok San Association!

Hok San

On this episode of our Community Association Series, host Jerald brings us to Kreta Ayer, home to Singapore’s oldest lion dance troupe – the Singapore Hok San Association. There, he will discover for himself the craft’s health benefits and pick up key moves from the guardians of the traditional art form.


Mesmerised by his sleek moves? The Hok San Association is also organising a workshop for you to pick up some basic steps. During the workshop, practitioners will let you in on some of the technique, skills and discipline involved in putting together a seamless performance. They may also teach you how to bat the eyelashes of the costumed beasts and even pass on a few tips on how to move like a sultry feline. While there, be sure to look out for the association’s century-old artefact — a lion head from 1920 weighing a staggering 15kg!

Due to tightened safe management measures, the workshop has been cancelled. We will be in touch with participants who had signed up, to arrange for full refunds.

Find out more about Singapore Hok San Association here! If you are interested in participating in the association’s activities, contact them at .


Singapore Hok San Association

Established in 1920 by immigrants from the province of Heshan in Guangdong, China, Singapore Hok San Association is the oldest lion dance troupe in Singapore. The troupe was set up to share its distinct Heshan-styled lion dance and provided opportunities for members of the community to bond. To cater to its growing membership, the troupe evolved into a clan association in 1939. Today, it continues to preserve and promote its unique art form.

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