Bugis to Bras Basah Architecture Walking Tour

See architecture through the lens of time
A fringe event of Archifest 2014
On a street specifically earmarked by the urban planners for redevelopment, this walk shares the story of Singapore's rapidly shifting architecture and the hidden forces shaping it.

Bugis to Bras Basah: Past Perfect, Present Perfect is a walking tour that invites you to on a cosy, hands-on tour of the neighbourhoods. From malls to churches, from conserved schools to rebuilt buildings, rediscover Victoria Street, Middle Road, Queen Street and Waterloo Street. As part of the tour, discuss projects designed by award-winning, homegrown architecture practices WOHA and SCDA. Round off the walk with a coffee/tea (included in the ticket price) at a museum cafe.

This walk is also available on 5th October, Sunday, at 10am. All past 9 walking tours by us were completely full, so please register in advance.

An intimate, casual and approachable experience:
  • You don't need to have any prior understanding of architecture.
  • We start our walk with a friendly group introduction.
  • The group size is limited to 12, to ensure quality interaction.
  • You can buy at most 2 tickets in each transaction.
  • We end at a cafe at the Singapore Art Museum, where you can enjoy a cappuccino or a cup of tea (included in the ticket price) with your new-found friends. You're then free to leave at your leisure.
Walk leader | Walking route:
  • This walk is not led an architect, but an enthusiast of architecture. Read more in an interview by I-S magazine.
  • The key buildings covered are: Bugis+, National Design Centre, CANA Catholic Centre, Bras Basah MRT.
  • The walk takes place outdoors and there is limited shelter between buildings, so be sure to bring an umbrella, sunblock, sunglasses and a hat because you never know when you might need them.
The neighbourhoods of Bugis and Bras Basah have colourful past lives: kampung, notorious tourist attraction, the European part of town and the heart of Catholic schools. Today it is heavily marketed as an "arts, culture, learning and entertainment district." Religious centres of temples, churches and a synagogue remain very much alive. Home to buildings that range from the controversial to beloved and gazetted for conservation, Bugis and Bras Basah inspire conversations on how architecture and urban planning are impacted by time.

More Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Do I need to know art or architecture?
    You don't need any background in art or architecture to join. The walk is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about street art, heritage, conservation and how Singapore is evolving.
  • What do you mean by an 'interactive' walk?
    The walk is designed as a dialogue instead of only the walk leader talking. People who joined past walks gain most when they engage with questions and answers.
  • Are the walks aimed at tourists?
    Not at all, the walks are designed for the general public, including residents. I hope that even people who live, work or play in the neighbourhood can join the walk and discover something new.
  • Why Bugis?
    It is a lively neighbourhood where people still eat, pray, live and learn. There's so much to see and talk about within two hours of exploring.
  • How often do these walks happen?
    Outside of Archifest, walks similar (but not identical) to this take place about once every two weeks. Archifest itself takes place once a year, and you should definitely visit the Archifest pavilion.
  • How physically demanding is the walk?
    The walk runs for approximately 2 hours, from 10am to 12noon. Most of the time is spent walking or standing. The route is generally flat, wide, straight and along quieter streets. The route appears mostly accessible for wheelchairs and prams, but we recommend you contact us to find out more. Older children are welcome.
  • Does the walk end where you start?
    The walk ends at Bras Basah MRT, and it is an easy 15-minute walk back to Bugis MRT.
  • More questions?
    Please contact me via the button at the bottom right side of this page.
  • The event description was updated. Diff#50845 2014-09-16 04:07:54
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Mon Oct 6, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM SGT
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Bugis MRT
Ticket concourse
In front of Guardian
Ticket (incl.
SOLD OUT $12.00
Venue Address
Bugis MRT Singapore
HOW TO FIND US? Meet in front of the Guardian store within Bugis MRT. I'll be holding a sign for "Architecture Walks Singapore".
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