Embark on the Yishun and Sembawang Heritage Trail to uncover the shared history between these two towns and discover some unique landmarks pertaining to Singapore's rich history such as Singapore's only hot spring and Asia's first cineplex, Yishun 10.
- Culture & Community, Nature, National History, Healthcare, Defence
- Organised by
- National Heritage Board - Education and Community Outreach
- Number of points
- Estimated trail distance
- 6.8 km
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From gambier and pepper planting in the 1800s to rubber and pineapple planting in the early 1900s, the historical links of the new towns do not just end here. Yishun and Sembawang share the same story of development too. From gambier and pepper planting in the 1800s to rubber and pineapple planting in the early 1900s, plantations would usually be established along Seletar River first, before extending towards Sungei Sembawang in the north.
The opening of the Singapore Naval Base in 1938 also led to development in this area. To support the Naval Base, military installations such as airbases and barracks were built in the vicinity. As such, businesses were set up in villages near these bases to meet the needs of the military personnel and their families. Migrants from places such as India also flocked here in search of work in the base. They brought with them their cultures and their legacy is still seen in Yishun and Sembawang today. The many religious buildings that still stand today, the many traditional performing arts groups that made this area their home base and the many old buildings that stand majestically here are all testimony to the rich multicultural and multireligious and colourful heritage of Yishun and Sembawang.
To find out more about the personal and community stories behind Yishun and Sembawang, slap on your sunscreen, bring plenty of water and embark on this heritage trail today! The trail begins at Singapore’s first outdoor heritage space, “Heritage Garden @ Yishun”, located at Yishun Central and winds up at the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir. In between, churches, mosques, temples, schools, parks and even old houses make appearances to tell you their stories. However, take note that the area covered is extensive so do make use of public transport!
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