by Meetings & Conventions Asia | September 12, 2017
Lorong Halus Wetland, formerly a landfill dumping ground and night soil disposal centre (Credit: NHB)

Beyond Singapore's glitzy downtown core and Marina Bay skyline, well-travelled corporates and residents alike who are looking to delve deeper into the city can now discover unexpected stories of heritage alongside sustainable urban development.

And this comes from the more unassuming of suspects: the heartlands.

With the launch of a new heritage trail in Tampines-a residential town tucked away in the eastern part of Singapore-visitors will be able to go on a bus-and-walk or cycling tour of various iconic sites which uncover how the town has transformed itself into Singapore's only World Habitat Awarded town.

Visitors can choose to go on an hour-long cycling tour with the "Green Spaces Trail", which will cover sites of heritage that are also scenic locales. Tour highlights include places where former kampongs (traditional villages) were once located and a stop at a former landfill turned wetland.

For an overview of Tampines' town planning innovations and sites of everyday heritage, visitors can embark on the 90-minute bus-and-walk "Tampines Town Trail".

The "Religious Institutions Trail", a 90-minute route, features the various houses of faith that reflect the diversity of the town's community and explores their unique architecture and practices. 

Notable stops on the new Tampines Heritage Trail include a visit to see how first-generation hawkers at the Tampines Round Market & Food Centre have progressed since first setting up stall in 1983 and the fruit-themed playgrounds of Tampines Central Park, designed by HDB architect Lee-Loy Kwee Wah.