What’s that strange ball on top of Fort Canning? Which Raffles statue (the white one or the black one) was the original? And why is there a lighthouse on top of the Fullerton Building? (It has nothing to do with the restaurant.) Find out the answers to these questions, and more, on the Singapore Maritime Trails from MPA.
Singapore Maritime Trails
As part of their public outreach, MPA (Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore) has two different guided tours that you can join for free! These trails tell the story of the progress of Singapore’s maritime industry through a guided tour of old and new maritime landmarks.
The tours are free and open to everyone. You don’t even have to be a citizen or PR to join. And I guarantee you’ll learn something new!
The Trail Details
The trails are both 2.5 hours long, in two sessions:
Morning session: 9am–11.30am
Afternoon session: 3pm–5:30pm.
Trail #1 is on the 1st Saturday of every month. Trail #2 is on the 2nd Saturday of the month. You can book slots for these tours till the end of this year.
Some Things to Note
1. Bring water. It can get hot and no water is provided. Also, you’re not allowed to eat on the bus, but you are allowed to drink bottled water on the bus.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. The tour is roughly divided into half walking tour half shuttle tour.
3. Bring mosquito repellent. On Singapore Maritime Trail #1, you will visit Fort Canning at a time when it’s feeding time for the mozzies.
4. Wear a hat/bring an umbrella. During the walking portion of the tour, there’s not much cover or shade.