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Bukit Timah Heritage Trail launched

By Lynda Hong, Channel NewsAsia
23 July 2007

SINGAPORE: Students from the National Junior College (NJC), with the help of the National Heritage Board, have come up with a heritage trail to help visitors understand better the history of Bukit Timah.

Launched on Monday by the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Bukit Timah Community Trail provides an insight into the area's rich cultural and social heritage.

Visitors can find out interesting facts such as how Bukit Timah got its name and the stories that lie behind the many landmarks there.

World War 2 sites such as the Old Ford Factory, and entertainment and eating places like Beauty World and Bukit Timah Food centre are just some of the sites on the trail.

Some NJC students have volunteered to help, out of sheer interest.

"I really enjoy it because you learn about the history, what used to be here and how much this area has changed. So you actually really learn a lot about your own roots, and how culturally diverse we are, and how different things have changed in Singapore," says Steffi Yuree Tedjo, 2nd year student, National Junior College.