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The Original Singapore Walks

Singapore, Singapore
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About The Original Singapore Walks
The walks work on a simple principle: to bring people into places most other tours don't. Graveyards, smoke houses, wet markets, gun batteries, the city’s best-kept secret places. You name it, we have it. Since 2003, the Walks led by an eclectic bunch of researcher-guides have taken locals and travellers alike off the beaten track, and entertained with an endless store of anecdotes that reveal the true heart of the city. Pre-booking not necessary!
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Overview
Discover the richness of Singapore's history during a half-day tour of Fort Canning Hill, located in the heart of the city. The site is steeped in historical significance and includes a 26-room bunker known as the Battlebox, which served as a World War II command center. Your guide shares historical details as you explore the Battlebox, a royal shrine, a colonial fort, and more on this walking tour.
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Neil D wrote a review Jan 2021
Singapore, Singapore148 contributions85 helpful votes
Helena provided an enjoyable experience - interesting stories and nicely paced history to help the group really grasp the incredible history and events that have happened all in one location. Battlebox is extremely well presented, plus a lovely cool escape from the heat.
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claytonstraveller wrote a review Mar 2020
nq7 contributions23 helpful votes
Thank you to this tour company. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to travel to Singapore and they arranged a full refund. Much appreciated.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Cheryl E wrote a review Mar 2020
Alexandra, Australia32 contributions48 helpful votes
Complete and utter waste of time and money. The Johore Battery is a rundown neglected dirty site with a replica smaller scale gun. So very surprising for an historical site in Singapore. The Changi Chapel and Museum are still closed so we alighted the coach to look at a board. We weren't taken to Changi beach, the site of the massacre but a pier over looking Palau Ubin??? And after visiting Kranji War Memorial (which actually was very good and moving) We were dumped at Kranji MRT to find our way back to our hotels. A trip of over an hour. This was a total surprise as the last time l did this tour we were taken back to City Hall MRT. Would strongly urge you to spend your time elsewhere.
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ehnoble wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution2 helpful votes
Carol the guide was excellent. She tailored the tour to our interested perfectly. I highly recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Has wrote a review Mar 2020
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My partner and I decided to go on the tour as we thought it would expound on the various sculptures in the park, explaining the myths, folklores and beliefs behind them. We knew the tour would also touch on the founding brothers, as it had stated in the description, but we imagined that would be a smaller part. Especially with a title like 'Journey to hell'. Unfortunately, it seemed like 4/5 was on the family and the last part was on the Hell exhibition. We passed by various of sculptures that were interesting without one word on them. The ones that were talked about were generally the ones that already have descriptions, and I could have easily read the descriptions in less than half of the time it had taken the guide to explain to us. The guide herself was full of long, unnecessary pauses and didn't seem to know how to hold the attention of her group. A quarter of the tour group left after the first 10 minutes of the tour, as most of us were very interested in the fascinating sculptures dotted along the entrance but she chose to talk intensively about the founding family's history, the 'view' and the gate. I, myself, had a very similar urge to leave and just explore the place myself but having paid $20 for the tour, being that the park itself is free and even exhibition prices at the Art Science museum is cheaper than this, I was desperately hoping she would change the topic. If this tour was titled accordingly to the content, maybe 'The tragedies and drama of the Haw Par Villa family' or whatever their real name is, and I paid for the tour knowing that was what I was going to get, I'd have been immensely satisfied. Unfortunately, I feel like the description is more of a bait for people to pay for the tour and the stories that were shared of the founding family were dull.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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