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Hawker Culture

Our hawker centres, hawkers, and the wide array of affordable, well-loved dishes they churn out, are an integral part of our daily lives, as well as a distinctive feature of our nation’s food heritage. So, pledge your support for the nomination of Hawker Culture on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage today!

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Hawker centres are where we all grew up eating in with our friends and family. However, to sustain our hawker centres and attact younger people into the trade, there should be lower rentals and less strict management rules and less transfers to 3rd party management agencies to minimise costs that are incurred from such transfers.


It is more than a food place, but a common intersection point where all Singaporeans meet. It embodies the essence of the Singapore culture – unity in diversity. At the hawker place, differences are celebrated as they brought about the plethora of food options available for everyone. Now, with the rising trend of young hawkers bringing in their bold ideas, hawker centres become a place where one can savour the traditional taste and experience new possibilities.

Yong Su Ru

Is a place where families come together to enjoy good food with affordable pricing. Every family member plays a part to create the hawker experience – from ‘choping’ seats, to queuing for food, getting the drinks, clearing the used plates, etc…


It’s something that I look forward to whenever I return home from a working trip. It’s the familiar feeling of home, the noise, smell, tastes, can never be replicated elsewhere.

Ivan Teo

Uniquely Singapore, this communal dining phenomenon was first perpetuated by Singapore moving their street vendors into hawker centres. With our myriad of races, cultures hence cuisines, many globally recognised and award winning dishes were born from such initiatives. This is the only place where race, culture and politics do not divide. Rich or poor, educated or not so, these centres are where every Singaporean and tourist would want to come and experience the food that is unique to Singapore.

Deming Chung

I’m 52, and hawkers have been ubiquitous in daily life since my earliest childhood memories. Many used to be itinerant, hawking their food & drinks on the streets, using utensils which were usually washed in buckets of water which were hardly changed as clean water was harder to find and hawkers were usually too busy. Now they are housed in well equipped hawker centres or kopitiams, and regularly assessed on their cleanliness, so eating healthy at any hawker is less of a hygiene and diarrhoea lottery! I’m very happy to pledge my support for this initiative which reflects an indispensable part of our daily life in Singapore, and is truly a key part of our shared multicultural heritage.

Han Chee Juan