How many of these activities can you remember doing on your learning journeys back in Primary School?
1. Visited the Masjid Sultan or Sultan Mosque with its iconic golden dome
How many of you still remember the story of the glass ring at the base of the golden dome? The base was made from glass bottle ends that the Sultan had collected as donations from the poor Muslims as the building committee believed that the mosque should be a place for worship for both the rich and the poor.
2. Tried on Sarongs, like these boys.
3. Visited Gedung Kuning, or Yellow Mansion
The mansion was painted yellow as the Malays believed it to be a royal colour. In 1999, Gedung Kuning was acquired under the Land Acquisition Act by the Singapore government and underwent restoration works. At present, it houses the restaurant Mamanda.
4. Tried out these traditional games
Congkak - A game involving marbles and a wooden board
5. Went crazy and bought many bottles of these perfumes
Did you know that these perfumes are oil-based and contain no alcohol, in line with the Muslim customs?
6. Experience truly how multi-racial Singapore is by first visiting the renowned Chinese temple - Thian Hock Keng temple
Do you still remember what the guide had told you about this amazing temple? Refresh your memory here!
Then to this Indian temple - Sri Mariamman Temple
Who still remembers that you have to take off your shoes before entering?
And lastly, Jamae Mosque
I think probably only in Singapore can you find 3 different places of religion all in one area!
7. Visited the Chinatown Heritage Centre and learnt all about our Chinese migrant ancestors
The Samsui women (红头巾) - Remarkable women of their time, toiling alongside with men at construction sites and withstanding all these hardships just for a better life for themselves as well as their families back at home.
Living quarters of a coolie
Attempted to experience life as a coolie by doing this.
First learnt that this huge boat is known as a junk, and was how the Chinese immigrants came to Singapore by.
8. Had fun walking along all the colorful shop houses and streets of Chinatown
9. Bought these Indian snacks
10. Or these bangles
11. Or a peacock feather
12. Or a flower garland
13. Or got a henna tattoo (and feeling like you just got a real tattoo)
14. Passed by all these goldsmith shops
15. And these wonderful fruits and vegetable stalls
16. And not forgetting filling in the worksheets at the end!
Thinking really hard..
17. Lastly, crashing on the bus back to school after all the exhausting but fun and enriching walks in the cultural areas of Singapore!
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