Pioneers Trail

Estimated trail distance: 0.6 km

4 loved this Trail

Telok Ayer Street

Pioneers Trail

4 loved this Trail

Estimated trail distance: 0.6 km

  1. Telok Ayer Street
Category
Culture & Community, Lifestyle
Organised by
National Parks Board
Number of points
1
Estimated trail distance
0.6 km

The Ann Siang Hill area is a quiet enclave amid the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. Meander through brightly coloured shophouses and gain insight into the lives of Singapore’s early immigrants.

Ann Siang Hill has an interesting history. Located beside the former Telok Ayer Bay, it was one of three hills (the others being Mount Wallich and Mount Erskine, which were eventually levelled) collectively known as Telok Ayer Hills. It also had its name changed twice, having been owned by three different people – the last of whom was the wealthy Malacca-born landowner Chia Ann Siang.

In the 1800s, one of Singapore’s earliest Cantonese Chinese burial grounds was located at the foot of this hill. A Malay school was also situated on the hill to provide education to the son of the Temenggong of Johor and other young members of royalty.

While on this trail, remember to visit the various places of worship built in the 1800s that coexisted peacefully in the same area. Stop by Telok Ayer Green for historical information on the trade and way of life in early Singapore. As you walk along the two roads on the hill – Ann Siang Road and Ann Siang Hill – look at the old and restored shophouses that once housed several Chinese clans and associations. Spice up your walk by looking out for different tree species at Ann Siang Hill Park, in particular, the tamarind, cinnamon, nutmeg and breadfruit trees.

Trail Points

  1. Telok Ayer Street
  2. Yellow Rain Tree [Samanea saman (yellow leaves)]
  3. Thian Hock Keng Temple
  4. Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre
  5. Al-Abrar Mosque
  6. Telok Ayer Green
  7. Amoy Street
  8. First Anglo-Chinese School
  9. Ann Siang Hill Park
  10. Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)
  11. Old Wall
  12. Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)
  13. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  14. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
  15. Club Street