Explore BrasBasahBugis

From as far back as the 19th century, the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct has been marked by diversity and eclecticism. Bras Basah, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Singapore, was one of the ethnically-diverse of its time – with Jews, Europeans, Eurasian, Malays, Indians, Armenians, and Chinese living alongside one another. Bugis was a bustling place of trade, entertainment, and small businesses.

Charmed with a unique mix of the rich heritage of Singapore's past and the modernity of art and architecture, BBB is a living representation of a modern city that thrives on its vibrant and energetic creative communities while also treasuring the heritage that our forefathers have laid.

Embark on our series of thematic self-guided experiences to rediscover this historical neighbourhood!

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Trail 1: An Encounter with Art
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As the arts and heritage district of Singapore, there’s no doubt that art schools, museums, and galleries form the beating heart of Bras Basah.Bugis. 

This thematic trail explores how art, architecture and design play an integral role in our urban landscape.

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Number of points: 10

Estimated trail distance: 3.4km

Duration: 1 hour on foot

Suggested Route:

⦁ LASALLE College of the Arts

⦁ Stamford Arts Centre

⦁ Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

⦁ Waterloo Arts Housing Scheme

⦁ National Design Centre

⦁ National Library 

⦁ Bras Basah Complex

⦁ Singapore Art Museum

⦁ National Museum Singapore

⦁ The Peranakan Museum

Trail 2: Of Faith & Worship
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The diversity of Bras Basah.Bugis’ early days is reflected in its places of worship, from churches and temples, to mosques and synagogues.

This thematic trail explores some of the oldest religious buildings in the precinct.

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Number of points: 10

Estimated trail distance: 3.2km

Duration: 45mins – 1 hour on foot

Suggested Route:

⦁ Prinsep St. Presbyterian Church

⦁ Sri Krishnan Temple & Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

⦁ National Design Centre & Objectifs

⦁ Masjid Bencoolen

⦁ Maghain Aboth Synagogue

⦁ St Joseph Church

⦁ Kum Yan Methodist Church

⦁ Cathedral of the Good Shepherd & Singapore Art Museum


⦁ Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator

Trail 3: A Taste of History
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Bras Basah.Bugis offers a rich variety of culinary experiences and cuisines – an homage to the diverse communities who once resided in the area.

This thematic trail explores the scrumptious heritage eats within the precinct. 

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Number of points: 8

Estimated trail distance: 3.8km

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours on foot

Suggested Route:

⦁ Kachang Puteh (Peace Centre)

⦁ Mackenzie Rex 

⦁ Hock Lock Kee Restaurant (Rendezvous Hotel)

⦁ Awafi Kosher Restaurant (Jacob Ballas Centre and School)

⦁ Chikuyotei (InterContinental Singapore)

⦁ Albert Centre

⦁ Wing Seong Fatty’s Restaurant

⦁ Rochor Original Beancurd