Bust out your walking shoes; a new self-guided trail that’ll take you on a journey around Katong Joo Chiat to check out new murals, heritage sites, and shops offering craft workshops is set to launch Nov 16.
Initiated by Colorinc Pte Ltd together with the Singapore Tourism Board, the KJC Art Circuit will offer two routes—a short trail and a longer one. But the long route actually only comprises an additional five stops, so if you have the time, go for it.
Here’s a peek at the KJC Art Circuit map. Access the complete one below.
The routes are surprisingly (and thankfully) fool-proof, with the Art Circuit map site even offering Google map guidance through location pins for the stops which will definitely aid you in your journey. All stops except the Kuan Im Kuan Ti Kong Temple are listed, so you’ll just need to do some minor digging around for that one. Expect to be taken to check out Peranakan houses, where you will find distinctive Peranakan pre-war architecture, newly-painted murals like the five stones artwork by artist Dyn and Ink&Clog’s vibrant turtle painting.
You’ll also get to visit famed gelato parlour Birds of Paradise, so go ahead and grab some ice cream to beat the heat while you’re at it, or pop by An Acai Affair that’s just a stone’s throw away, for some acai at 20 percent off when you present the KJC Art Circuit map you’re using.
Then take a break from walking at Rumah Bebe, which you will be directed to as well. The boutique offers souvenir-making and beading workshops, where you can make and take home your very own designs.
When you’re done with your trail, don’t forget to round things up with a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood, and pop by clothing stores like The Wyld Shop, or grab a bite at Baba Chews Bar & Eatery, as some of these shops will be offering trail-goers exclusive discounts.
Expected to last for about a year or so, do get to discovering Katong Joo Chiat and their new offerings as soon as you can, or the trail will be over even before you know it.
The KJC Art Circuit launches Nov 16 and is expected to last for at least one year. Access the self-guided trail map online, or grab a physical copy at the Singapore Visitor Centre at Kim Choo.