Learn how bread was made the old fashion way. Visit one of the oldest remaining traditional bakeries left in Singapore and taste the difference. Meet with one of the masters of paper objects that the Chinese use as an offering to their ancestors. Join us and meet these masters in Disappearing Trades, winner of the 2017 Singapore Tourism Awards for the best tour experience in the leisure category.
Much of what people know about Singapore is its modernity. But what was Singapore like in the 1950s to 1980s? How did people live, where did they go to get their daily necessities? Who were these heroes who plied their trade? What are their stories?
Travel back in time with us on this beautiful journey as we bring you back in time to a different Singapore. Learn how bread was made the traditional way before the modern loaves hit our shelves. Visit one of the oldest remaining traditional bakeries left in Singapore and taste the difference. Hear from our baker why this once thriving business is now a disappearing trade.
Next, hear first hand from one of the masters of paper houses making, how the Chinese pray and pay their respects to their ancestors by burning paper objects as a form of offering to the afterlife. Learn about this custom steeped in tradition and its modern manifestations.
Also, a visit to our very popular coffee roasting factory*. Here you learn about the local kopi industry, the tricks of the trade, roasting techniques, and a sampling of kopi ‘O’ or black coffee.
If you are nostalgic about heritage and love meeting craftsmen who are fiercely proud of their trade, join us for this time travel to what Singapore was like in the sixties through eighties. If like us, you believe this is the best way to know a place, through conversations with its people, and that much of what’s present today comes from our past, then get to know Singapore through our disappearing trades.
This tour takes place every Tuesday and Friday, 0900-1300hrs.
*to replace with a hand-crafted local snack at Chinatown Complex if roaster is unavailable
Notes: Tour is recommended for all ages| Tour will only commence with a minimum of 4 participants. For dates outside of the fixed schedule, you can email email@example.com to enquire
Winner of the 2017 Singapore Tourism Awards for Best Tour Experience.
If you are interested in learning about Singapore’s past through local craftsman.
If you love learning about Asian heritage, customs and professions and how that has changed through time.
If you love meeting and speaking to older folk who have interesting stories to share.
For those who want an authentic, meaningful learning journey.
For those looking for a beautifully curated experience of the highest order, this one’s for you!
– Professional tour guide
– Insider access to traditional factories
– Sampler of traditional coffee and snacks
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Points of Interest/Route:
Traditional Coffee Roastery
Traditional Paper House