Singapore audio tour: The Civic District: A Historical Walk

The Civic District: A Historical Walk

Walking Tour

25 mins

About the Tour

What do a 'lion-fish,' World War Two and Chinese immigrants have in common? For starters, all three are featured in my Civic District walk. And, all of the above play a role in Singapore's modern history.

If you wish to hear stories about Singapore's past come alive, like the mythical Sea Lion and its links to the Lion City then this is the trail for you. The walk takes you through parts of Singapore's colonial heritage – including visiting some historical personalities - and ends at a point where modern and colonial Singapore intersect seamlessly.

Tour Producer


Imran Ahmed

I moved to Singapore in 1997 and quickly started to call the city home. It’s not hard to understand why: Singapore is a fantastic blend of east and west, old and new, edgy and traditional. But even after many years here, I realized I knew little about the city’s rich history and diverse people – other than the some typical ‘expat’ experiences. Sure, I could tell you about Singapore’s economy and markets, but could I give you an idea of what makes it tick?

So I challenged myself to unravel the mystery of the city and understand its secrets. This quest to understand Singapore led me to transition into guiding from my twenty five-year long career in finance!

Major Landmarks

  • Civilian War Memorial Park

  • City Hall

  • Former Supreme Court

  • Theatres on the Bay

  • The Singapore Flyer

  • Helix Bridge

  • Marina Bay Sands Towers

Directions to Starting Point

The route starts outside an exit of one of Singapore's most centrally located shopping malls, Raffles City.

Raffles City is well connected to all parts of Singapore through the city's MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) subway system as well as by many public buses.

MRT: City Hall interchange station along the East – West (green) Line and the North – South (red) Line.

Bus: Bus stop located at Stamford Road is served by bus numbers 7,14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 128, 131, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 502 and 857.

Car: Ample car parking facilities are available in a three level basement car park.

Taxis: Available at the Raffles City taxi rank.

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Places to stop along the way

There are a few shops along the way, where you can buy refreshments, and we'll end at Merlion park, a fantastic lookout point.

Best time of day

Early morning before the afternoon sun heats up the city. Alternately, late afternoon or early evening, particularly if one wishes to enjoy the spectacular city skyline after dark from Merlion Park.


Singapore typically has a hot and humid climate, with rain sometimes appearing quite unexpectedly. It is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes, carry some water (although drinks can be purchased at several points along the way) and pack an umbrella … just in case.


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The Civic District: A Historical Walk