Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Estimated trail distance: 2.5 km

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The Origin & Development of Tiong Bahru

Bird Corner & Former Hu Lu Temple

Graves of Tan Tock Seng, Chua Seah Neo & Wuing Ye Ho

The Outram Precinct

Monkey God Temple

The Architecture of Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru Community Centre

Seng Poh Garden & Dancing Girl Sculpture

The Horse-Shoe Block

Design of Tiong Bahru Flats

Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

18 loved this Trail

Estimated trail distance: 2.5 km

  1. The Origin & Development of Tiong Bahru
  2. Bird Corner & Former Hu Lu Temple
  3. Graves of Tan Tock Seng, Chua Seah Neo & Wuing Ye Ho
  4. The Outram Precinct
  5. Monkey God Temple
  6. The Architecture of Tiong Bahru
  7. Tiong Bahru Community Centre
  8. Seng Poh Garden & Dancing Girl Sculpture
  9. The Horse-Shoe Block
  10. Design of Tiong Bahru Flats
Category
Culture & Community, Architecture, National History
Organised by
National Heritage Board - Education and Community Outreach
Number of points
10
Estimated trail distance
2.5 km

Download Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail Booklet 

Tiong Bahru Road today stretches for more than three kilometres from Redhill MRT at its western end to Outram Road on its eastern end. For most Singaporeans, Tiong Bahru is a small, charming and chic housing estate awash with good eateries and eclectic little shops. But there is much more to Tiong Bahru than meets the eye, as this heritage trail shows.

The first appearance of Tiong Bahru Road on a map was in 1913. Before that, the road had been named Burial Ground Road as it led from Outram Road into an area surrounded by numerous Chinese burial grounds. People were probably using the name Tiong Bahru long before it appeared in published sources, going by the etymological roots of the term. ‘Tiong Bahru’ combines two words: ‘Tiong’ (冢), meaning ‘grave' in the Hokkien dialect, and the Malay word ‘bahru’ (also spelt ‘baru’), which means ‘new’. Tiong Bahru was hence used by locals to refer to a ‘new’ cemetery as opposed to the old cemetery at the site of the present Singapore General Hospital.

Before the early 20th century, the area around the present Tiong Bahru was largely undeveloped. Most of the land along the length of Tiong Bahru Road was used as farmland or cemeteries. After the turn of the century, some enterprising businessmen began to build houses and shophouses along the road, with one cluster at the junction of Tiong Bahru and Henderson Roads, and a second cluster at what is now Tiong Bahru estate.