Please note that this is an overdue event

Heritage Hurray!

Heritage Hurray!

In celebration of Singapore's 54th year of independence, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) will present an array of free public programmes from 9 to 10 August 2019 in conjunction with National Day. 


Heritage Hurray! invites the public to acquaint themselves with Singapore’s rich cultural scene, and provides Singaporeans with various touch points to immerse themselves in our shared heritage.

The programme for Heritage Hurray! will include a community art market featuring a curation of both local and overseas artisans, heritage trails around Balestier that unearth the lesser known stories of the precinct, storytelling sessions by local authors and veteran storytellers, as well as interactive thematic craft workshops and talks presented by local and overseas artisans and designers. All participants of Heritage Hurray! will also stand to receive a National Day Fun Pack. 


Community Art Market

Discover local enterprises, talented crafters and quirky artisans at the memorial hall’s first ever pop-up community art market! Treat yourself to a chic new batik frock or pick up some quirky handcrafted soap bars, and shop till you drop this National Day weekend from beloved brands such as Wheniwasfour, YeoMama Batik, Sugar & Spice and more.

  • Date: 9 & 10 August
  • Time: 12.00pm – 5.00pm 
  • Admission: Free, no registration required 

Sharing Session: Batik Culture & Creativity (Supported by YeoMama Batik)

Love the rich colours and intricate block-printed designs of baju batik? Join home-grown fashion label and brainchild of mother-daughter duo, YeoMama Batik in an intimate sharing session on batik culture, and pick up some contemporary ways to style this traditional garb with a fun and modern twist!

  • Date: 9 August 
  • Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Admission: Free, no registration required 

Ang Ku Kueh & Kueh Lapis Vinyl Toy Painting Workshop (Supported by When I Was Four)  

Reflecting the traditional Chinese belief that tortoises will usher longevity, good fortune and prosperity, the ang ku kueh, or commonly known as the Red Tortoise Cake, has a chewy consistency with a sweet and smooth paste at its centre. On the other hand, the kueh lapis, an expression of Southeast Asia’s benevolent hospitality, is a multi-layered savoury cake. Both are amongst Singapore’s most well-loved traditional snacks that have withstood the test of time. Unleash your creativity and join homegrown design studio and label, Wheniwasfour in a whimsical art jamming experience as you design your very own ang ku kueh or kueh lapis vinyl toy! 

  • Date: 9 August
  • Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Lion City Sketching Workshop (Supported by Just Sketch)  

From traditional Perakanan shophouses to towering skyscrapers, what are your favourite landmarks of our beautiful Lion City? Join Thai artists Ohm Chongthanatrakol and Tai Sanguanpong from Just Sketch in this Lion City Sketching Workshop, and learn how to capture Singapore’s rich architectural heritage in your very own black and white sketch! 

  • Date: 9 August
  • Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm 
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Heritage Kueh Soap Crafting Demonstration (Supported by Crafter’s Studio)  

Specialising in handcrafted cold-processed soap, Crafter’s Studio prides itself on using only naturally sourced ingredients in its organic soap products. Join this interactive soap-crafting demonstration and watch in amazement as these talented artisans transform simple bars of soap into realistic traditional kuehs, all whilst learn a thing or two about Singapore’s colourful kueh culture!

  • Date: 10 August
  • Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm 
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Icons of Singapore Doodling Workshop (Supported by Muffinsaurs Studio)

With a passion for drawing that piqued since she first learned how to hold a pencil, Stephanie Raphaela Ho founded Muffinsaurs Studio and has since made a name for herself with her stunning animal wall murals and quirky illustrations. Join Stephanie in this fun and light-hearted doodling workshop and learn to sketch quintessentially Singaporean icons such as the beloved Merlion and the awe-inspiring Marina Bay Sands!

  • Date: 10 August
  • Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm 
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Art for Singapore Workshop (Supported by Bèbè Artist)

Join us in this sensory play activity where children will be encouraged to have fun, create and express themselves freely without inhibition! Participants will get to touch and explore different colours and textures as create their very own National Day Puzzle with ice-cream sticks whilst learning all about the colours and meanings behind Singapore’s national flag.

  • Date: 10 August
  • Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm 
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Miniature Clay Sculpting Workshop (Supported by TinyPinc Miniatures) 

From miniature plates of nasi lemak to trays of dimsum and Nyonya kuehs, there’s nothing that Malaysian clay artist Ling of TinyPinc Miniatures can’t create! Join Ling in this Miniature Clay Sculpting Workshop to learn more about the different kinds of colourful kuehs usually seen in Nyonya cuisine, and get crafty creating your own tray of miniature kueh arrangements from polymer clay!

  • Date: 10 August
  • Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm 
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Stories of Our Nation (Supported by the Speak Good English Movement and Speak Mandarin Campaign)

Discover the stories behind our little red dot with our popular storytelling sessions conducted by local authors and veteran storytellers. Embark on a literary adventure with heart-warming stories such as What’s Inside the Red Box by Phua San San, a whimsical tale about Singapore’s Founding Father, the late Mr Lee Kwan Yew and his famous red briefcase.

  • Date: 9 & 10 August
  • Time: 1.00pm – 1.30pm  
  • Admission: Free, no registration required

Balestier Heritage Trail – National Day Edition! (Supported by HomeTeamNS-JOM)

Embark on the best-selling Balestier Heritage Trail to uncover the rich history and origins of Balestier from as early as 1835. From landmarks like the Maha Sasanaramsi Burmese Buddhist Temple to heritage stops such as Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory, delve into the architectural and cultural developments of Balestier and discover the unknown stories behind these places. End the tour on a sweet note with a hands-on Ondeh Ondeh-making Workshop and delicious hokkien mee lunch at local hawker icon, Warung Kim’s Seafood!

  • Date: 9 August
  • Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm (English)
  • Admission: $5 per person (includes Ondeh Ondeh Workshop and hokkien mee lunch at Warong Kim’s Seafood). 


Image Credit:  Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall





Telephone number

+65 6256 7377



12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874

How to get there?

By Bus

Bus service nos. 21, 130, 131, 139, 139M, 145, 186 (to alight at Zhongshan Mall) 
Bus service nos. 139, 139M: Opp EASB (to alight at East Asia Institute of Management) 

By Train

Toa Payoh Station (NS19) 
Take bus service nos. 139, 145 from Toa Payoh Bus Interchange (to alight at Zhongshan Park) 

Novena Station (NS20)
Take bus service nos. 21, 131 from Novena Church (to alight at Zhongshan Park)

Alternatively, the Memorial Hall is a 20 minute walk from Toa Payoh Station (NS19) or Novena Station (NS20) 


By Car

Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), from Changi Aiport towards Tuas
Take Exit 17 (Balestier Road/Thomson Road/Upper Thomson Road) onto Jalan Datoh. Turn left at Balestier Road, then turn left at Ah Hood Road. 

Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), from Tuas towards Changi Airport
Take Exit 17D (Thomson Road/Toa Payoh) onto Jalan Toa Payoh. Turn right to stay on Thomson Road. Turn left to Balestier Road, then turn left at Ah Hood Road.


The Memorial Hall does not offer parking spaces. Visitors may park at Zhongshan Mall, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, or Ah Hood Gardens housing estate.