Building Bonds on Bus Journeys 2: From Clifford Pier to Kampong Glam

Clifford Square and Clifford Pier (Photo source: http://www.thefullertonheritage.com)

Clifford Square and Clifford Pier (Photo source: http://www.thefullertonheritage.com)

This bus ride will bring you on “journeys within a journey” as it travels through two significant places where masses of people entered and left Singapore in the early 1900s.

Head down to Raffles Place MRT station and cross over to Clifford Pier where migrants from China, India, Arab, and many other lands got off ships to first set foot on Singapore soil in the 1930s. Chat with your child about the arduous trip many took. Ship conditions were often crowded and the voyages were challenging. If you know how your parents or grandparents (or even earlier generations) came to Singapore, tell your child the story.

The Malay Heritage Centre in the Kampong Glam conservation area. (Photo source: http://www.malayheritage.org.sg)

The Malay Heritage Centre in the Kampong Glam conservation area. (Photo source: http://www.malayheritage.org.sg)

Thereafter, cross back over to Raffles Place and board bus 130 either from the bus stop opposite AIA Tower or at Fullerton Square. This short bus journey brings you past Victoria Concert HallThe Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (oldest surviving Catholic Church in Singapore) and Bugis Village. Point out the rich history behind these places.

Alight at the Stamford Primary School bus stop and walk over to the Kampong Glam Conservation area to visit cultural and heritage sites. Stop for a snack at Zam Zam, one of the many restaurants that sprung up along a stretch houses in the early 1900s to serve people setting off on pilgrimage.

That’s why this bus ride takes you on “journeys within a journey.” It starts at a destination and ends at a starting point.

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Categories: Arts & Culture, Low Budget, Nearby, Outdoors, Short, Walks & Trails

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