NHB’s heritage trails are part of our efforts to document, and increase awareness of the history and heritage of different precincts and estates in Singapore. From 1999 to 2017, we launched a total of 17 heritage trails around Singapore.
NHB started to work with communities more closely to enrich the content of our trails with stories and memories drawn from the people who live, work and play in the respective precincts and estates. The trail booklets now include personal collections of photographs, as well as the community’s recollection of stories and social practices.
“When we first moved to Tampines, our neighbour, a Chinese family, was also from a kampong. So it was good that we still had that ‘kampong-hood’ feeling. During Chinese New Year, they would give my children ang paos (“red packets in Hokkien), and during Hari Raya, we would give their children the same. We still had that kind of kampong culture.”
– Mr. Anwar Bin Haji Mawardee, long-time resident of Tampines.
Launched in August 2017, the Tampines Heritage Trail is a good example of how the community contributed to the contents of the trail. It is the first heritage trail to feature stories that were crowd-sourced through NHB’s Facebook page. The trail also incorporated stories from 25 members of the community, and more are featured in an exhibition at Our Tampines Gallery, a heritage gallery dedicated to the history and heritage of Tampines, located in Our Tampines Hub.
NHB will be taking a similar approach with its upcoming trails such as the new Orchard Heritage Trail, and the refresh of the Balestier Heritage Trail, as part of our efforts to feature more stories and perspectives from the community.