Connecting Singapore’s Past, Present and Future
The Jubilee Walk trail covers historic and iconic locations within the Civic District and Marina Bay precincts. The tour will take participants on a route that connects the past, present and future elements of the Singapore story - from Temasek (Singapore’s earliest recorded name) to the colonial era, to nationhood, rapid urban development and beyond. Through this tour, participants will have a chance to discover the people and communities who have contributed to Singapore’s cityscape and gain insights into how heritage and culture can be integrated into the design of the City, helping to preserve and enhance the identity of these spaces.
The Walk begins from the National Museum, situated at the foot of Fort Canning Hill where the 14th century kingdom of Temasek was seated, marking our early beginnings as a trading hub. Originally built to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887, the Museum galleries were revamped to provide a more comprehensive overview of Singapore’s history and development as a country to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.
The Walk continues through the Civic District which includes the former and present Parliament House, Empress Place , Esplanade Park and the Padang.
Empress Place is home to Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall – two separate buildings built more than 40 years apart and joined by a clock tower. Historically a meeting place and a performance venue, the site served as a hospital during World War II, and was the location for the trial of Japanese war criminals after their surrender. Singapore’s national anthem, “Majulah Singapura” (Malay for "Onward Singapore"), received its premiere here in 1958. As Singapore’s oldest performing arts centre, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall reopened its doors to the public in 2015 after a major refurbishment.
Situated near the Padang, is Empress Place Park, which holds several important historic monuments. Within the Park is the Queen Elizabeth Walk, once a seafront promenade, named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Today, a new icon of Singapore’s cultural vibrancy stands near Esplanade Park – the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay.
In the 19th century, the Padang was a popular leisure hangout and sporting arena by the sea before reclamation works in the 1890s created New Esplanade Road and pushed the waterfront further away. Today, the Padang still serves such a purpose and it is a favourite site for the National Day Parades.
The tour concludes with a visit to the Jubilee Bridge, a new pedestrian bridge connecting Merlion Park and the promenade in front of Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay. The Bridge enhances the continuous 3.5 kilometre waterfront loop around Marina Bay. The curved six metre wide, 220 metre long bridge will connect to the Esplanade Bridge in the middle, providing an extended viewing platform from which members of the public can view activities within the Bay and enjoy the panoramic sights of the Bay.