Pillars of the Chinese Community


Singapore’s early colonial period was marred by poor working conditions and social unrest. Fortunately, three institutions stepped up to provide medical care, protection and support to Chinese immigrants regardless of their dialect group. In this tour, learn how the Former Thong Chai Medical Institution provided medical consultation and herbal remedies to the poor for free, how Tan Si Chong Su mediated conflicts within the Chinese community and provided education for children, and how the former Chinese Protectorate looked out for the well-being of coolies and prostitutes.

Monuments covered: Former Thong Chai Medical Institution, Former Ministry of Labour Building (now Family Justice Courts) and Tan Si Chong Su

Starting point: The glass door of the main entrance to the former Thong Chai Medical Institution (50 Eu Tong Sen St)

Ending point: Tan Si Chong Su

You must present your electronic or printed ticket(s) in order to join this tour. Walk-in registration is not available.


  • By agreeing to join the tour, each participant shall be responsible for any injury, loss of damage due to carelessness of other actions on his/her part or that of children under his/her charge.
  • The tour will start on time. Participants must meet the guide at the starting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • "Student" refers to any student currently enrolled in locally-based institutions.
  • "Senior citizen" refers to any person whose age is 60 years and above.
  • Random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry. Please bring along a proof of eligibility for the discounted tickets.
  • It is compulsory for a parent/guardian to accompany any child of or under the age of 12.
  • We do not accept cash payment.
  • No refund/exchange of tickets is allowed under any circumstance except for tour cancellation.
  • The tour may be partly or totally cancelled due to inclement weather or for other reasons affecting the tour. Participants will receive full refund in case of tour cancellation.

If you have other enquiries, please email NHB_NationalMonuments@nhb.gov.sg.
Event Timeline
Sat Aug 27, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM SGT
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Civic District
Standard $5.00
Student / Senior Citizen $3.00
Venue Address
50 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059803 Singapore
Monumental Walking Tours