Recently launched by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the Tampines Heritage Trail is the 17th heritage trail, and has come a far way from being the access street for coconut plantation workers, sand miners and travelling hawkers alike to travel to far-flung village clusters in Tampines. Trail-goers can now discover and revisit the iconic sites and stories of Tampines with the wide array of 18 heritage sites, five of which feature heritage markers – a part of NHB’s ongoing efforts to document, celebrate and promote the distinct histories and social memories of different areas in which Singaporeans live, work and play.
In addition to the staple heritage trail offerings of heritage markers, a trail booklet, and a trail map in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), NHB has created three thematic short routes that span an average of 6km each for trail-goers to explore the unique history and cultural heritage of Tampines. They are the Tampines Town Trail (by bus and foot), Religious Institutions Trail (by bus and foot) and Green Spaces Trail (on bike).
Besides these thematic routes, you can also explore the whole trail with this easy-to-follow guide:
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Tampines Round Market & Food Centre for a feast of our local dishes. Many of the hawker stalls here have also been raved about in magazines and food blogs for their delicious offerings.
Drop by Our Tampines Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of Our Tampines Hub in the library. Kids can learn more about the history of Tampines and enjoy community stories shared by residents through the use of interactive exhibits and multimedia displays.
Next, stroll to Tampines Central Park, where the iconic 1980s mangosteen and watermelon mosaic playground is. Play a round of hide-and-seek with the family and also explore intricate details of the fruit structures!
Afterwards, rent an oBike or OFO bicycle and make your way to the futuristic-looking inverted cones structure of the Tampines NEWater Reservoir. These structures are more than just Instagram-worthy; they also allow kids to better understand the need to conserve water.
Along the way, give your children a glimpse of the old kampong life at the former Hun Yeang Village, where you can take a short break and some refreshments before continuing on the trail. The food at the old kopitiam there is also worth a visit for great tze char fare.
The last stop would be the Lorong Halus Wetland, one of the scenic locales found in Tampines that provide a picturesque landscape for picture-perfect moments, especially when taken at dusk! The trail ends here, but if you wish to continue exploring the greenery in Singapore, you can cross the red bridge that connects Lorong Halus to Punggol Waterway.
If you’re wondering where to head to this weekend, map this east-side discovery trail into your route – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what the whole family can learn about our heritage and the scenic views our little island has to offer!