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Singapore Heritage Festival 2019@SYSNMH

Did you know that Balestier used to be a sugarcane plantation?


Discover the hidden and lesser-known stories of Balestier through an exciting array of activities at Singapore Heritage Festival 2019, including an interactive art installation, treasure hunts and the refreshed Balestier Heritage Trail! 

Make Your Own Badge: Icons of Balestier

  • 23 & 24 March 2019
  • 10am – 5pm

Join illustrators from the Lianhe Zaobao Student Correspondents Club in designing your own button badge! Decorate your badge with different occupational icons symbolic of the Balestier estate and learn more about life during the early days.

Children’s World @ SYSNMH: A Glimpse of Balestier

  • 23 & 24 March 2019
  • 2pm – 5pm

Be a young explorer for a day and uncover a glimpse of Balestier in the past as you navigate your way through a series of interactive activity stations with students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic!

Stories for Children: Wu Song Fights a Tiger

  • 24 March 2019
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm (Chinese) / 4pm – 5pm (English)
  • Supported by 讲华语运动 Speak Mandarin Campaign and Speak Good English Movement

Embark on a literary adventure in our popular interactive storytelling sessions conducted by local authors and veteran storytellers! Delve into traditional fables such as the tale of “Wu Song Fights a Tiger” from the Chinese Classic, “Water Margin”.

Chinese Painting Workshop

  • 23 March 2019
  • 10.30am – 12pm

Once famed for its plentiful sugarcane plantations, the history of Balestier spans nearly 180 years and has borne witness to Singapore’s remarkable journey from a British trading post to a modern city-state. Experience the art of traditional Chinese painting in this workshop as you learn to paint sugar canes reminiscent of Balestier’s past!

Tiger Cartoon Drawing Workshop

  • 23 March 2019
  • 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Supported by Studymore

Did you know? Once upon a time, wild tigers roamed Balestier and it was common for residents to find tiger tracks outside their houses in the morning. Create your own cartoon tiger comic strip and pay tribute to Balestier’s wild past in this workshop led by local cartoonist Winsun!

“NiuBiZi” Cartoon Drawing Workshop

  • 23 March 2019
  • 10.30am – 1pm
  • Supported by Huang Yao Foundation. Best suited for children 8 years and above.

“NiuBiZi” is an iconic cartoon character created by renowned artist and scholar Huang Yao in the 1930s, and was used in satirical portrayals of social and political issues back in the day. Learn how to draw the “NiuBiZi” cartoon in this workshop led by local illustrator Anngee Neo!

Special Exhibition Guided Tour

  • 23 March 2019
  • 10.30am (Chinese) / 1.30pm (English)

Learn more about the history and development of local Chinese Cartoons between the late 1800s and 1950s with our volunteer guides as they take you through the memorial hall’s special exhibition Between the Lines - The Chinese Cartoon Revolution!

Permanent Gallery Guided Tour

  • 23 March 2019
  • 2.30pm (Chinese) / 3pm (English)

Join us for a guided tour of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and hear the stories behind this century-old villa that trace Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary activities in Southeast Asia. Gain valuable insights on the impact of the 1911 Revolution on Singapore, as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution.

Balestier Trail Plus! – Healthcare Edition

  • 23 March 2019
  • 9.30am – 11.30am (English)
  • $5 per person. 

The Balestier Heritage Trail is back and better than ever! Embark on the newly refreshed Balestier Heritage Trail to uncover the rich history and origins of Balestier from as early as 1835. From landmarks like Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) to the Maha Sasanaramsi Burmese Buddhist Temple, delve into the architectural and cultural developments of Balestier and discover the unknown stories behind these places.

Monument Tour

  • 23 March 2019
  • 4pm (English)
  • $5 per person. 

Gazetted as a National Monument in 1994, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall was previously the Southeast Asia headquarters of Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Chinese Revolutionary Alliance (Tong Meng Hui). It was in this villa that Dr. Sun planned three uprisings before the successful Wuchang Uprising of 1911. Uncover the full story of the memorial hall in this monument tour, and learn more about its architectural story and revolutionary history!


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.