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 (Eu Tong Sen St Side)

Ending point: Tan Si Chong Su

  • Participants should arrive at the starting point 15 minutes prior to the tour starting time.
  • Please present your electronic or printed ticket(s) in order to join this tour. Walk-in registrations will not be entertained.
  • In the unlikely event where you cannot locate the tour group or guide by the starting time, please have your phone on standby for the tour guide to contact you for further instructions.


  • 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 and participants who are late may not be able to get on 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.

Tour Cancellation:
  • The tour will proceed in the event of wet weather and participants are advised to each prepare an umbrella or a raincoat in case.
  • The tour may be partly or totally cancelled due to inclement weather (e.g. - unhealthy haze conditions, thunderstorms) or due to other unforeseen circumstances affecting the tour.
  • In the event of tour cancellation, participants will be informed via email (a few days before the tour) and SMS (2 hours before the tour)
  • Participants will receive full refund in case of tour cancellation via Peatix.

If you have other enquiries, please email NHB_NationalMonuments@nhb.gov.sg
Sat Jul 8, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM SGT
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Venue Address
50 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059803 Singapore
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