A luxury landmark set in the heart of a historic precinct, InterContinental® Singapore is deeply rooted in the arts and cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah. Positioned in proximity to established historical enclaves including Arab Street and Kampong Glam as well as the bustling Waterloo and Albert Streets, guests are connected to an established network of more than 20 historical sites, national monuments, art institutions and museums. Embracing this connection to the cultural enclaves that surround the hotel, a specially curated two-hour guided Heritage Trail will be made available for all hotel guests from January 2016.
Aimed at providing an experiential stay whilst showcasing the cultural and heritage aspects of Singapore, the Guided Heritage Trail is also designed in conjunction with the launch of newly renovated guestrooms and public spaces at the hotel. Established in 1995, InterContinental Singapore stands as a distinct landmark in the Bugis district, boasting an iconic façade which models the unique shophouses that used to line the streets of the area in the past.
Paying homage to the character of the vibrant locale, the exciting journey, launched in partnership with the Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore), will take guests through areas of interest in the vicinity of the hotel. Key highlights along the route include:
A two-way street that stretches from Rochor Road to Bras Basah Road, the street was first named Church Street, after Thomas Church, who was resident councillor during the year of its construction. It was later renamed in 1858, and converted into a pedestrian mall to ease the problem traffic along the street, where many renowned religious landmarks currently stand today. These landmarks include the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, which features a hallmark of traditional Chinese temple courtyard ￼￼architecture, first built during the Japanese occupation and the Sri Krishnan Temple which was established in 1870. Both temples are known for their intricate façade architecture.
Forming the junction of several streets, Albert Street started off as an unnamed side road in the early days of Singapore, before it was later built up extensively and named after Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria in 1858. Originally lined with low, two-storeyed shophouses up till April1981, Albert Street used to be known for the variety of food served till the early hours of the morning, alongside the vibrant night life scene. Today, the street serves as a pedestrian mall peppered with a trail of bazaar stalls and is no longer open to traffic. Trishaws, a common mode of transportation in the past, is a common sight along Albert Street today.
National Design Centre
The National Design Centre is centrally located in the arts and cultural district in the Bras Basah-Bugis area. Formerly occupied by the St. Anthony’s Convent and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the design centre was restored in 2011 and today comprises three pre-war Art Deco blocks and one post-war Modern block which have been gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The National Design Centre is widely used as a venue for designers to hold their discussions and is at the same time an educational space that is open to the public.
Church of Saints Peter and Paul
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, established in 1869, was started by the Chinese Catholic Mission serving congregation for all Chinese dialect groups and Indian community. The church was gazetted a national monument on 10 February 2003 and was in 2006, one of the exhibition venues for the Singapore Biennale, Singapore’s first international biennale of contemporary art. Today, it is currently under the care of the Discalced Carmelite Friars.
￼“As we seek to embrace our connection to the cultural enclaves that surround the hotel, and deliver authentic and enriching experiences for our guests to constantly be ‘In The Know’, we hope that the heritage trail will provide them with insider tips as they explore the vibrant precinct,”says Ms Tash Tobias, General Manager of InterContinental Singapore.
Hotel guests are encouraged to sign up with the hotel’s Concierge Team for participation in the weekly guided tour which will take place every Saturday afternoon.