Launched by Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, recently, SMT 3: Our Legacy is the third trail in MPA’s Singapore Maritime Trail initiative to bring Singapore’s maritime story “alive” to the public.
SMT 3 is the third maritime trail that MPA has launched and will complement SMT 1 and SMT 2. SMT 1: Our Heritage, introduced in April 2014, highlights Singapore’s maritime history, while SMT 2: Our Progress which began in May 2015 maps out the development and advancement of Maritime Singapore.
On average, a combined total of 1,000 participants sign up for the trails monthly.
SMT 3: Our Legacy is a 2.5-hour trail that brings participants on a journey to discover the links that connect Singapore’s rich maritime trade activities to the country’s colourful culture, specifically how maritime influenced and shaped Singapore’s way of life.
The trail will focus on two locations: Telok Ayer and Kampong Glam – two key areas of maritime trade and business where early migrants arrived via the sea route, set up their own communities and established their way of life in Singapore.
The trail will encourage participants to think about the impact that past maritime activities had on Singapore, such as the reason behind the concentration of places of worship for different religions along Telok Ayer Street, and the changing landscape of businesses in Kampong Glam.
Baey said, “The new Singapore Maritime Trail, SMT 3: Our Legacy, offers a glimpse of the maritime trading post of yesteryear. It is also a tribute to our forefathers who helped to build maritime trade and shape modern-day Singapore.”
All three trails, including SMT 3: Our Legacy, are available for public bookings on a complimentary basis. SMT 1: Our Heritage runs every first Saturday of the month; SMT 2: Our Progress runs every second Saturday of the month, and SMT 3: Our Legacy runs every third Saturday of the month. All trails run from 9am to 11.30am.
Tan Beng Tee, Assistant Chief Executive (Development), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said, “The Singapore Maritime Trails initiative is part of MPA’s efforts to pique interest in Singapore’s rich maritime heritage and excite the young in the maritime sector. We believe that it is vital for Singaporeans to understand and appreciate how complex and rich our history is, to be able to better appreciate where we are today. We are confident that the trails will appeal to both youths and adults alike.”