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[Cancelled] Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets: Tour of Tanglin Village

by Singapore HeritageFest
22, 29 May • 09:00am • Tanglin
22, 29 May • 11:00am • Tanglin

What’s Dempsey Hill’s backstory? The retail and lifestyle enclave is housed within Tanglin Barracks, a former military camp dating back to the 1860s. This tour will take you through two of its colonial-era landmarks – the grounds of the former Tanglin Military Hospital and the red-bricked St. George’s Church.

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

Where did soldiers in colonial Singapore go to get treated for common ailments, skin conditions and sexually transmitted diseases?


Which hospital was known for producing one of the world’s leading allergists and immunologists – Dr William Frankland?

The answer to both questions: Tanglin Military Hospital.


The former hospital’s various blocks still stand today although they have been repurposed to suit the needs of lifestyle destination Dempsey Hill.  The popular food and retail enclave in Tanglin Village started life as Tanglin Barracks back in the 1860s. Along the way, other landmarks rose within the complex. Among them, St. George’s Church which was built to meet the spiritual needs of British soldiers living in the barracks. Curated by Jerome Lim, the tour will be conducted by SHF volunteer guides who will walk you through the grounds of the defunct hospital as well as the quaint, red-bricked church which was gazetted as a national monument in 1978.


Discovering Singapore’s Best Kept Secrets SHF 2021 edition is presented in partnership with Jerome Lim and the Singapore Land Authority.


About Jerome Lim
Jerome Lim is a heritage enthusiast, a keen photographer, and a blogger who captures Singapore’s fast evolving urban and cultural landscape through the award-winning ‘The Long and Winding Road’ blog. He is also the author of ‘Uncommon Ground: The Places You Know, The Stories You Don’t’ and co-author of ‘Secret Singapore’ through which he brings out the stories that are hidden in many of Singapore’s lesser-known sites. Through Jerome’s collaboration with the Singapore Land Authority, he has led guided visits to State Properties under the agency’s care since 2017, including several that have featured in NHB’s Battle for Singapore and Singapore Heritage Festival tour programmes.


About Singapore Land Authority (SLA)
Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is a statutory board with the Ministry of Law. Its mission is to optimise land resources for the social and economic development of Singapore. SLA manages some 11,000 hectares of State land and about 5,000 State buildings, which have largely been tenanted out for a variety of uses. It also manages land sales, leases, acquisitions and allocation, developing and marketing land-related information, and maintaining the national land information database through digitised land information services. Being the national land registration authority for property transactions, SLA issues and guarantees land titles in Singapore. It also manages and maintains the national land survey system, where boundaries or legal limits of properties are defined, based on a coordinated cadastre survey system. The use of geospatial information is also spearheaded by SLA through a national collaborative environment where geospatial data, policies and technologies are established and defined, thereby fostering innovation, knowledge and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.

Singapore HeritageFest

The Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) is the National Heritage Board’s signature annual outreach event that celebrates the many facets of Singapore’s diverse heritage and culture. SHF works with individuals, groups and communities to co-create programmes and offerings. This allows the festival to uncover lesser-known stories and narratives, engender a greater sense of ownership, and empower Singaporeans to safeguard and promote our shared heritage. The inaugural edition of SHF was staged in 2004, and since then, the festival has continued to provide on-site and online experiences with yearly themes that focus on different aspects of Singapore’s heritage.

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