The Eurasian community is a small but immensely influential ethnic group that has been present in Singapore since the early 19th century. Within this overarching description are distinct heritages, with the European part of ancestry ranging from Portuguese, Dutch, British, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish or others, and the Asian component being usually derived from the Chinese, Malays or Indians.
What many Singaporeans may not know is that the Eurasian community and its history was and still is ubiquitous in the East of Singapore.
You will be accompanied by one of the Eurasian Heritage Gallery’s knowledgeable docents on this enriching experience through the East Coast Road, Joo Chiat and Katong areas as he/she explains the histories and oral traditions of the Eurasian communities in these areas of Singapore.
St Patrick’s School and East Coast Road
Your journey begins with a visit to St Patrick’s School along East Coast Road built on land acquired by the La Salle Brothers in 1898 and which was originally intended for building a resort bungalow. Learn about the La Salle Brothers, the residents around the area and the history of the Eurasian community intertwined with the statuesque building throughout the times where the school was used by the British as a hospital and later by the Japanese as an administrative building.
Parkway East Hospital
We then make a quick pass by Parkway East Hospital where the docent will share a brief history about the hospital which was formerly known as the Paglar Clinic and Maternity Hospital started by a Eurasian, Dr Charles Paglar, in 1942.
While being a prominent figure in high society parties, hunting with his good friend the Sultan of Johor, Dr Charles Paglar left behind a lifetime of service to the regular person of those times; humble hawkers or labourers and the war-abused “comfort women” who could not afford medical treatment or medicine, to his eventual treason trial by the British due to his appointment as the Head of the Syonan Eurasian Welfare Association, having accepted such appointment due to the Japanese officials’ threat to the Eurasian community if he did not do so.
Holy Family Church
Our vehicle will make a stop at the Holy Family Church, a church founded in early 1902 by four Eurasian families living in Tanjong Katong. Our docent will bring the group to the side of the church where guests would get to see the large round stained glass – the Rose Radiant of the Holy Family Church by Joël Mône and Vitrail Saint-Georges. We then walk along the outer walls of the church and stop at the corner of East Coast Rd and Chapel Rd to take a group photo with the church in the background.
We eventually make our way past Haig Road where we get to take in the architecture of yesteryear; the black and white colour-schemed houses that have stood on their grounds for decades. These houses are synonymous with olden days houses that quite a number of Eurasians lived in and a number of which still do to this day.
Our docent will show illustrations of how Kampong Serani used to look.
Eurasian Community House
The second part of our journey commences with your arrival at the Eurasian Community House along Ceylon Road in Katong.
Nestled in the residential area of Katong where Kampong Serani ("Eurasian village") used to be is the Eurasian Community House which is home to the Eurasian Heritage Gallery and Quentin's Eurasian Restaurant. One can discover the history, culture and lifestyle of the small but vibrant Eurasian community in Singapore and their contributions to the nation through a tour of the Eurasian Heritage Gallery, then enjoy a delicious meal with a variety of unique dishes at Quentin's Eurasian Restaurant.
Here you have the chance to tour three galleries within the compound.
Lunch at Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant
After completion of your tour at the galleries, rest your feet and indulge in a well-deserved lunch at Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant. The docent explains the history of the traditionally Eurasian dishes such as the Devil’s curry.
Need to know:
- Child rates valid for 3-11 years old
- Duration: 4 hour
- Availability: Saturday and Sunday
- Tour Time : 9.00AM – 1.00PM
- Meeting Point : Dakota MRT Station (Exit A)
- Ending Point : Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant
- Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before tour schedule
- Transfers: No transfer provided to meeting point
- Bring along a sweater or shawl for the visit to Eurasian Museum Tour
- Transfers by 13 seaters combi (1 hour)
- English Speaking Docents
- Tour Guide System during the tour (Transmitter and Receiver)
- 1 bento set lunch at Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant
Menu : Curry Devil [contains chicken and pork], Pasteis de Bacalhau [cod fish cutlets], Patchri [eggplant], Steamed Rice, Sambal Belachan, Drink and a slice of Sugee Cake [contains almonds]
- Gratitude for guide
For booking enquires:
Contact: (65) 9665 6292 / (65) 8873 6500
- No refund for no shows or late arrivals.
- Prices are in Singapore dollar, nett on per person basis
- Full payment will be required upon booking
- Tours are non-refundable once confirmed
- Rates are subject to change with two weeks’ notice (should local attractions increase their rates
- ^ Advance booking is required
A MINIMUM OF CONSOLIDATED 04 GUESTS IS REQUIRED FOR TOUR TO COMMENCE. SHOULD THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF GUESTS IS NOT MET ON YOUR REQUESTED BOOKING DATE, WE WILL HAVE THE DISCRETION WHETHER TO OPERATE THE TOUR. IF WE DECIDE NOT TO OPERATE, YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO SELECT ANOTHER DATE OR OBTAIN A REFUND.
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Dakota MRT Station (Exit A)