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November 7, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

It’s time for an adventure in Singapore! Discover exciting and adventurous sights, tastes and sounds of Singapore from the locals. Come 1 December 2018, international travellers and local staycation guests are in for a treat when you book your stay with us. Happening every Saturday with compliments from the hotel, join us for a half day tour
at one of Singapore’s oldest housing estate yet undeniably one of the hippest neighbourhood, Tiong Bahru. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the seamless blend of contemporary and traditional elements in this charming neighbourhood. Every first Saturday of the month, the team wishes to take guests on a fresh, hands-on experience whereby guests can join the monthly in-house hotel activity which are curated according to the cultural festivals celebrated in Singapore.

The ‘Live Like a Local’ campaign is supported by Singapore Tourism Board’s ‘Experience Step Up Fund’ (ESF) that encourages experience development projects that enhances visitors’ experience and satisfaction in Singapore.

Explore the hippest town- Tiong Bahru Heritage Tour (Every Saturday)

A short 3 minute car ride or 10 minute walk, the hotel is in close proximity to the hippest town, Tiong Bahru. Every Saturday, guests can join us for a complimentary guided tour picked up by coach (9am to 1pm) and embark on a heritage walking tour of Tiong Bahru. Known as one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, Tiong Bahru has developed and transformed over the years into a neighbourhood where there is a seamless resemblance of contemporary and traditional elements.

Tiong Bahru Market

Originally built in 1950 as the Seng Poh Road Market, the market was revamped in 1993 and renamed as Tiong Bahru Market. A two storey building with a wet market located on the first level and cooked food stalls also known as hawker stalls on the second level, Tiong Bahru Market is an integral part of how the locals live. Boasting some of the best hawker stalls serving local culinary delights including breakfast treats- chwee kueh, min jiang kueh, you tiao,
traditional kaya butter toast and all-day delights- fried carrot cake and the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand fried sotong prawn mee, it is no wonder Tiong Bahru Market is always packed. For the first stop of the tour, guests will be introduced to Singaporeans’ ‘chope’ culture, taught the local way of ordering drinks such as kopi siew tai, teh c etc and enjoy a local breakfast. Adventurous guests can also step up to the challenge and try the old-school local drinks such as kopi or milo with raw egg.

Qi Tian Gong Temple 

Founded in 1920, Qi Tian Gong Temple is believed to be the first temple in Singapore that is dedicated to the Monkey God, a main character in the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. Here, guests are encouraged to try drawing divination lots by asking a question in mind and letting the divination lot give insights and help to predict the future.

Wall Murals 

Take a trip down memory lane and connect with the history of how life was like in Tiong Bahru with a walk-through of various heritage-themed wall murals. Spot the uniquely Singaporean elements such as local brand products in the hand-painted wall murals. Guests can get funky and snap photos of themselves with the art pieces.

Dancing Girl Sculpture in Seng Poh Garden

Admire the Dancing Girl sculpture in the cosy Seng Poh Garden, Tiong Bahru’s only piece of public sculpture. The Dancing Girl is the work of the late Mr Lim Nang Sang, who was the same creator for the Merlion sculpture. The Dancing Girl sculpture was created in 1972 when Seng Poh Garden was conceived.

Galicier Pastry

Visit Galicier Pastry, a bakery where time stood still with a history spanning four generations in the family. Guests can purchase and indulge in traditional local nonya kueh, retro cakes, traditional cookies and pastries.

*Tiong Bahru Heritage Tour (Every Saturday) is with compliments from the hotel. Tour includes
return transfer by coach, certified English speaking guides from Tour East Singapore and food
sampling at Tiong Bahru Market.

Tiong Bahru Heritage Tour Schedule

0900 – 0920 Depart Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel for Tiong Bahru
0930 – 1030 Tiong Bahru Market and Hawker Centre
1030– 1055 Seng Poh Garden – Dancing Girl
1055– 1135 Tiong Bahru Murals
1135 – 1210 Monkey God Temple
1210 – 1245 Galicier Pastry
1300 Back to Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Specially curated in-house hotel activities in celebration of cultural festivals in Singapore
(Every first Saturday of the month)

Every first Saturday of the month, guests can embark on a fresh, hands-on experience whereby they can join the monthly in-house hotel activity curated according to the cultural festivals like how the locals do. Discover and learn insider techniques from the gems of the team.

How to Cook like a Master Chef –1 December 2018 (Christmas)

Learn and take home insider tips from Grissini Italian Head Chef and prepare a special Italian savoury this Christmas for your loved ones.

To be a Tai Chi Master– 5 January 2019 (New Year)

Start the New Year like how Singaporeans do by setting your New Year resolution of staying healthy. Bring home techniques of breathing and healthy living by participating in the sunrise tai chi class at the promenade along the scenic Singapore River and learn to be a Tai Chi Master.

Bake your Own Cookies– 2 February 2019 (Lunar New Year)

Lunar New Year goodies always make it to the top conversation topic during gatherings. Join our team of pastry chefs and learn how to prepare traditional Lunar New Year cookies to wow your guests when they visit you during the Lunar New Year.

Draw for a Cause at the Singapore River– 2 March 2019 (International Women’s Day)

Create that painting for a good cause. Sit by the historical Singapore River and let your imagination guide the drawing. Your painting will be up for sale and proceeds go towards unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action for women. Join us in our concerted effort on change.

Shake a Cocktail– 6 April 2019 (Easter)

Learn how to make the Easter cocktail that you always wanted to. Our bartenders start with the booze basics and may share insider tips on how to create the best of Singapore’s most iconic cocktail, the Singapore Sling.

Sweet Homely Dish – 4 May 2019 (Hari Raya)

Hari Raya Puasa, also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, is the last day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that is celebrated in Singapore. Mark the end of the fasting month by learning how to make a homely dish to celebrate the Hari Raya.

Traditional Singapore Dumplings– 1 June 2019 (Dumpling Festival)

Based on the legend behind the famous Dumpling Festival, commemorate Qu Yuan’s sacrifice and determination for justice by learning how to make traditional Singapore dumplings.

Merlion Chocolate Carving– 6 July 2019 (Racial Harmony Day)

Learn the ropes of turning food into art from our own Hotel Artist and Singaporean Award Winning Olympian at the chocolate carving art session where you will get an opportunity to carve Singapore’s iconic Merlion from a piece of chocolate.

Heritage Hawker Invitation– 3 August 2019 (National Day)

Celebrate Singapore’s National Day with a tribute to our home-grown hawker. Learn how to make one of Singaporean’s favourite dish from our invited heritage hawker.

Family Yoga at the Promenade– 7 September 2019 (School Holidays)

Bond with your family this school holiday by learning how to practice family yoga at the Promenade overlooking the historic Singapore River. Stay fit when you stay with us.

In Love with Henna– 5 October 2019 (Diwali)

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights and is celebrated in Singapore. Learn how the temporary body art is done on hand palms as a sign of beautification and getting into the festive mood.

Therapeutic Terrariums– 2 November 2019 (Pre-Christmas)

For a meaningful closure of the year, why not give someone something special that you handmade? Terrariums are beautifully decorated mini gardens and this spot of greenery can do wonders for brightening the crib. Join us in a session and take your beautiful creation home.

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