The Civic District: A Historical Walk

    Civic district merlion
    Imran ahmed
    01 Apr 2015
    Clock 20min      Length1mi
    7 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio 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.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Civilian War Memorial Park, City Hall, Former Supreme Court, Theatres on the Bay, The Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands Towers

    Startingpoint 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.

    Tips Tips

    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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