Sunset @ My Singapore River:
with Say Tian Hng

About the programme

Listen to the stories of the Taoist gods from hell (the 1st and 2nd Granduncles) as we take a twilight stroll along the Singapore River, using familiar landmarks to tell an unfamiliar story from the underworld.

Known as Black White Impermanence, the ghost-catching duo are among the most feared, yet most misunderstood, deities of the Taoist pantheon.

Join our guides to learn about their tragic origin stories, unusual worship practices (some of which involve illegal items!), and relationship with Singapore’s migrant past, as we stroll from Yang into Yin, day into night!

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Date and Time

Programme Details

Language

English

Ticket Price

S$40 (excluding eventbrite service fee)
Meeting Point
Start Point: Clarke Quay MRT Exit E (10 Eu Tong Sen Street Singapore 059815) – Street Level Outside Burger King
End Point: Merlion Park

Instructions

Dress comfortably. Masks are mandatory.  Bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet Jamie, Jan, May and Tze Yong!

Jamie Lee

Hello everyone, I am Jamie and I have been guiding since 2019! While I am relatively new to guiding, I have always been fascinated by how overseas Chinese communities were “same same but different”. This piqued my interest and heightened my awareness of the ways in which Singaporean Chinese were distinct from other Chinese communities around the world in their beliefs, thoughts and way of life!

Working with the team on developing this tour has been a blast and I am looking forward to sharing everything that I have learnt with all the participants. I hope that this tour will bring you a deeper appreciation of our unique Chinese practices and prevent them from fading into obscurity!

Jan Chow

Hello everyone, I am Jan! I think it is because I have spent time living in Thailand and Japan that my interest in Singapore’s history, culture and arts resurfaced as an adult! It is precisely because I knew so much about other places but so little about my home and its culture that prompted my engagement with my own heritage.

Growing up, I’d never asked nor understood why my elders did what they did and this tour was the perfect opportunity for me to explore, understand and retell those stories and practices. I am very excited to bring everyone along on this journey that juxtaposes the day and night Singapore, the historical and modern and the earthly and supernatural through the stories of Tua Di Ya Peh!

May Hui

Hi everyone, I am May! I love meeting people and listening to their stories so heritage was something I naturally gravitated towards! Today, I am a docent at 10 museums in Singapore and you might also catch me at some of the heritage trails at My Community.

For me, this tour is special because it takes us out of the heartlands and into the ‘heart’ of Singapore! I believe the Singapore River is the artery of Singapore and that it holds a special place in every Singaporean’s heart. In this programme, I cannot wait to tell you a story of this familiar river through the more unfamiliar story of Tua Di Ya Peh! See you then!

Ng Tze Yong

Hello everyone, I am Tze Yong, the 4th generation owner and apprentice craftsman at Say Tian Hng Buddha Shop. I believe each effigy we craft is not just a statue, but an epic story – embodiments of triumph and suffering, sin and redemption, and the timeless values of loyalty, courage and devotion. I believe it’s time we rediscover these values.

More about Say Tian Hng Buddha Shop

Helmed by master craftsman and third-generation owner Mr Ng Yeow Hua, Say Tian Hng Buddha Shop is a Taoist effigy-making shop run by the family since 1896. The shop was founded by two migrant brothers from Kinmen, in modern-day Taiwan, at Club Street and the shop moved to its current site at 35 Neil Road in 1990.

Apart from commissioned works, the shop also does repairs and refurbishment works for local and overseas temples and devotees. The fourth generation owners are now attempting to reinvent the trade by expanding its products and services to reach a secular audience.