Collection: Discover the Gods of Singapore's Underbelly

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In this unique tour, we will share with you ancient Chinese legends on a twilight stroll along the historic Singapore River.

As we cross from sunset into night, Yang into Yin, we will use touristy landmarks as the unlikely backdrops of divine tales.

We will share the little-known heart-tugging stories of the famous underworld gods - 1st and 2nd Grand-uncles, also known as 大二爷伯 or 黑白无常.

We will learn about rituals that use everyday objects charged with poetic meanings, such as umbrellas, abacus, opium pipes & Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.

We will visit a nameless back alley to see ramshackle Taoist street shrines next to dumpsters and air-conditioner compressors, where the statues have aged, but the fruit offerings are still fresh.

We will spy a secret rooftop Goddess of Mercy statue. We will learn a different side of the usual nation-building story of Singapore.

The tour is developed by Say Tian Hng Buddha Shop (a heritage business established in 1896) and tour operator Offbeat Tours.

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  • Duration

    1.5 hours

  • Language

    Conducted in English

  • Location

    Meet at Clarke Quay Central at 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 05987 outside Burger King.

    Ending point of tour: Marina Bay.

  • Group size

    Capped at 10 pax per group. Minimum age of 7.

  • Wet weather plan

    Pls bring an umbrella as we will proceed if there is light rain. If the tour has to be cancelled due to heavy rain either before or midway through the tour, you will be offered a new tour date or a full refund. Our docent will be in touch with you before the actual day of the tour.

  • Cost

    $45 per pax

Book a tour with us

We conduct tours only when we get a group of 3 or more.

  • "Jamie was professional, knowledgable and so willing to engage in discussion! Was an engaging tour, pace was good as well. Learnt something new about Tua Di Ya Peh and the third brother!"

    - En Qi

  • "Educational tour, good incorporation of SG landmarks with story of Tua Di Ya Peh. Surprise from tour guide at the end. Tour guide Jamie is very patient!"

    - Jiaying

  • "Nice walk along the river learning about the history of Singapore."

    - Shaun

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