Building Bonds on Bus Journeys 4: In Pursuit of All Things Peranakan

The Peranakan Museum is housed in the old Tao Nan School building. (Photo source: http://www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg)

The Peranakan Museum is housed in the old Tao Nan School building. (Photo source: http://www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg)

Bus 12 can bring you all the way from the Peranakan Museum (from the bus stop at Armenian Church on Hill Street) to East Coast Road where you can set off on foot to explore the Joo Chiat / Katong neighbourhood.

Start at the Peranakan Museum (open 10am) to learn about the fusion of two cultures. Thereafter, make your way to Katong for lunch or tea. Alight at the Katong Shopping Centre where you’ll find a popular Chicken Rice stall at the basement. Also, walk down East Coast Road at a leisurely pace, to stop for Katong Laksa, Nonya Rice Dumplings at Kim Choo, Kueh at Glory, or whatever delights your senses.

When you reach the bus stop opposite The Holy Family Church, cross over to Katong Antique House. Through enjoying good food and visiting spots like these, your child will begin to appreciate how a culture is kept alive and passed down through the generations. If you are staying in the area for dinner, venture into Joo Chiat Place to find Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant, the oldest in Singapore to serve Peranakan cuisine.

Enjoy Peranakan cuisine together. (Photo source: http://www.guanhoesoon.com)

Enjoy Peranakan cuisine together. (Photo source: http://www.guanhoesoon.com)

Over the meal, talk about your family’s race and culture –what you appreciate about it and how it’s evolved from the country of origin.

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

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