Singapore audio tour: The History of Trade in Singapore - from Chinatown to Boat Quay

The History of Trade in Singapore - from Chinatown to Boat Quay

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

A walk from the beautifully preserved ethnic area of Chinatown to the modern skyscrapers of Boat Quay, this route traces the history of trade from the time of its founding in 1819 through to the economic and cultural marvel that is modern Singapore.

Tour Producer


Kenn Delbridge

A 20-year resident of Singapore, I run an audio studio that creates soundtracks and soundscapes for international broadcasters like BBC, National Geographic and Dsicovery Channel, and I've produced numerous audiobooks that focus on city walks.

Major Landmarks

  • Parliament in Singapore

  • The Arts House

  • Asian Civilisations Museum

  • Sri Miramman Temple

  • Cavenagh Bridge

Directions to Starting Point

Start from the Chinatown Heritage Centre on Pagoda Street in Chinatown. If using the MRT subway, go to Chinatown and exit via the Pagoda Street Exit

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Places to stop along the way

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, Sri Mariamman Temple, Coleman Bridge, Boat Quay, Raffles Landing Point, Asian Civilisations Museum, Raffles Place.

Best time of day

Early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the peak heat of 10am - 4pm.


Remember that Singapore is a hot climate so you need to stay hydrated. There are plenty of convenience stores along this route that have cold bottled water for a dollar or two.


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The History of Trade in Singapore - from Chinatown to Boat Quay