Consisting of 18 heritage sites with 10 trail markers, the all-new Hougang Heritage Trail uncovers a treasure trove of lesser-known stories of an area steeped in history, over three thematic trail routes: Landmarks of Hougang, Institutions of Service, and Architectural Gems. Through historical landmarks, important community institutions, as well as the personal memories and contributions from the community, the trail charts the journey of Hougang from a rural area with vast plantations and fruit orchards to a modern, thriving heartland estate.
Au Kang actually means “at the back of the river” in both Teochew and Hokkien, and is a reference to Sungei Serangoon at the end of Upper Serangoon Road, around which many Teochew-speaking inhabitants settled. A strong, diverse mix of other communities and cultures has since developed and continues to accentuate the colorful character of one of Singapore’s oldest towns.
Walk through its neighborhood of diverse faiths and communities
Many of Hougang’s places of faith have origins dating back to the early kampung days. In the 1800s, the steady arrival of Catholic Teochew immigrants from China who came to Singapore for missionary work eventually led to the establishment of religious institutions such as the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary. Taoist and Buddhist temples were also established within the vicinity to serve devotees from different clans and dialect groups.
Explore the modern housing town
The Hougang Heritage Trail also traces the transformation from rural Au Kang to a new housing town with modern schools and bustling markets. Unique architectural features, including HDB blocks with curved columns and the iconic Block 316 adorned with a sweeping rainbow mural, are highlighted. Traditional businesses that have served generations of resident,s and continue to flourish include Ah Seah Teochew Porridge, Ho Tit Coffee Powder Factory, and more!
A new site to explore with the whole family! Steeped in culture and history, the Hougang Heritage Trail is great for a day's adventure.
History buffs and practically anyone who loves to take on the rich history of Singapore's heartland neighborhoods.
The Hougang Heritage Trail’s companion guide and map are available in four languages, and can be downloaded from NHB’s heritage portal, Roots.sg. Printed copies of the guide will also be available at NHB museums, as well as the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (Hougang Office), Hougang Community Club, Punggol Community Club, Paya Lebar Kovan Community Club, The Serangoon Community Club, Aljunied Community Centre, Eunos Community Club, and Kaki Bukit Community Centre.
Main Image: Courtesy of National Heritage Board
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