New Sentosa Heritage Trail features 30 historic sites along three thematic routes

Coupled with a companion guide and heritage trail markers placed along the routes, visitors to the island will be taken through the island’s past and present.

Caleb Lau

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Published: 17 March 2022, 5:44 PM

Aside from enjoying festivities commemorating Sentosa’s 50th anniversary as a leisure destination this year, visitors can now find something else to explore there – a new heritage trail.

Aptly named Sentosa Heritage Trail, its three thematic routes string together 30 historic sites to provide a comprehensive overview of the island’s past and present, said the National Heritage Board and Sentosa Development Corporation in a joint release on Mar 17 (Tuesday).

“Through this trail, we hope to bring Singaporeans and tourists alike on an island journey through time to discover heritage sites and stories – both familiar and unfamiliar,” said Alvin Tan, NHB’s deputy chief executive of policy & community.

To enjoy the trail at their own pace, visitors can utilise a brochure containing the map and routes as well as a companion guide, which includes stories of the island’s early days as a leisure destination.


Scattered along the trail routes, (from left) new heritage trail markers and pre-existing interpretive signs help to enrich the visitors’ knowledge of Sentosa’s history. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


The Sentosa Heritage Trail is split into three routes of varying lengths and distinct themes.

The Kampongs and Barracks route takes visitors back to the 1600s, when the island – then known as Pulau Blakang Mati – was home to various coastal communities including the Orang Laut.


The 3km-long route explores living spaces of the past including kampungs, bungalows and barracks, some of which are now part of the Barracks Hotel. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Aside from that, visitors can go on the 4km-long Forts route, which explores some remaining wartime remnants of World War II, such as the recently gazetted Fort Siloso.


Forts and other military structures that played a role in the defence of Singapore’s colonial past have been restored and utilised for education and entertainment. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Other than tracing the island’s old days, the Memories of Sentosa route allows visitors to know more about its rather recent history as a leisure destination during the 1970s.


Attractions along the shorter 2.5km-long route include early ones like the old monorail track and current establishments like the Singapore Cable Car. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Before setting off on the trail routes, visitors can download a copy of the companion guide and map, which is available in four languages from early April, via NHB’s heritage portal or Sentosa’s website.

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