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Morning: Multicultural Heritage Walking Tour

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Morning: Multicultural Heritage Walking Tour

As a multicultural city with Chinese as the majority race, Singapore has no lack of iconic Chinese temples for devotees or tourists to visit. Yet one temple often off peoples’ radar is the historical Yueh Hai Ching temple, an awardee of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage award, which comes complete with gold gilding, historic ornamentation and ceramic figurines that depict Chinese classics. The name Amoy is an English transliteration of the Zhangzhou pronunciation of the words 厦门 (pronounced E-mui in Standard Hokkien (Amoy) and Xiamen in Standard Mandarin.)

The Zhangzhou Hokkien pronunciation was used instead of Standard Xiamen Hokkien because of the overwhelming numbers of Zhangzhou people who left Amoy in China to settle in Singapore through the city's port. Amoy Street is one of the old streets developed during the 1830s defining Chinatown under Stamford Raffles' 1822 Plan. It was listed in George Drumgoole Coleman's 1836 Map of Singapore as ""Amoi Street"", which was probably a reference to the many migrants who came from Amoy. It is located at 140 Telok Ayer Street, in the historic Chinatown area. Built between 1828 and 1830 and originally known as the Shahul Hamid Durgha, the beautiful memorial is dedicated to Shahul Hamid, Saint from India who propagated Islam through his noble work and curing the sick. The memorial was designated a national monument in 1974 and re-opened in May 2011 as the Nagore Dargah Heritage Centre showcasing Indian Muslim culture, diaspora and heritage.

The Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre provides a intriguing and educational experience for all, while depicting the rich culture of the Indian Muslims in the region. It is the oldest and most important temple of the Hokkien (Hoklo) people in the country.
The temple originated as a small joss house first built around 1821–1822 at the waterfront serving the local Hokkien community, where seafarers and immigrants gave their thanks to the sea goddess Mazu for a safe sea passage on their arrival to Singapore. The temple is located on Telok Ayer Street and originally faced the sea; the Telok Ayer Street used to be situated along the coastline before land reclamation work began in the 1880s.
• The museum compound, Chong Wen Ge, together with Thian Hock Keng temple was awarded UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2001 Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. Exhibits over 40 antique musical boxes. Featuring “China”, the musical box from one of the first collaborations between Britain and Singapore.
• Detailed tours by in-house curators and research workers.
Built in 1826, Yueh Hai Ching temple, also known as Wak Hai Ching Bio in Teochew dialect, is the oldest Teochew temple in Singapore. Built by early Teochew Chinese immigrants to thank the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu, for their safe passage to Singapore, this Teochew temple has since seen a change in its devotees from sailors to love-seekers.

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