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Newsletter of Chinatown
November 2011
Refinements to the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) Scheme from 19 October 2011

From Wednesday, 19 October 2011, LTA will shorten the ERP operating hours for all four gantries along the Singapore River Line (Southbound). These four gantries are at New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, southbound Fullerton Road and southbound Bayfront Avenue. This will allow motorists from within the Bugis-Marina Centre cordon to enter the Shenton Way-Chinatown cordon after 7pm without incurring ERP charges.

Current Operating Hours New Operating Hours
CTE Gantry (Northbound before the PIE Exit)
5.30pm to 10.30pm 5.30pm to 8pm
Gantries along Singapore River Line (Southbound)
6pm to 7.30pm 6pm to 7pm
Chinatown sets up own tourist info hub – The Straits Times (27th October 2011)

It took about two years to lay the ground work, but Chinatown is finally getting its very own visitor centre. The one-stop information hub is the first such centre managed by stakeholders in Chinatown rather than by Singapore Tourism Board. It will be run by the Chinatown Business Association (CBA) and used primarily as a base to organize events and activities, and disseminate information about historical area.

Read the full story here.
Journey through Clans in Chinatown

Singapore City Gallery, URA
Saturdays, 26 Nov & 3 Dec 2011
9.30am - 12 pm
Adult: $6, Student/Senior Citizen: $4

Did you know that Chinatown has some of the oldest clan associations in Singapore? Clan associations are an important part of Singapore's heritage and continue to play significant roles today. Join URA's planner on a journey through the rich culture and history of various clan associations in Chinatown. Learn more about the historic buildings that are located in and their unique architecture. Listen to delightful stories including those of a clan related to the famous martial arts master, Wong Fei Hong. This tour is brought to you by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (Singapore City Gallery), with support from the Singapore Tourism Board and the Chinatown Business Association.

Limited spaces available on a first come first served basis. To register, email Suhaimi_SAMSUDIN@ura.gov.sg with your name, NRIC, age and contact number. For enquiries, please call 6321 8250.
Run for a Reason

This year, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS 2011) will take place on Sunday, 4 December. The SCMS Organising Committee will take extra measures to reduce inconveniences to residents of the Chinatown community, while minimising disruption to businesses.

The roads in the Chinatown area - specifically South Bridge Road, Maxwell Road and Cecil Street - will be closed from 1.00am to 8.00am on the race day. Detailed information and maps are available at www.marathonsingapore.com.
Did You Know?

Telok Ayer Street

Telok Ayer Street is the site of some of the oldest religious institutions in Singapore. Chinese and Muslim immigrants built temples and mosques after perilous sea voyages to offer their prayers in gratitude for their safety. The more well-known and important ones are: Fuk Tak Chi Temple, the Thien Hock Keng Temple, the Nagore Durgha Mosque and the Al Abrar Mosque.

Happening In Chinatown
Flea by the Garden @ Chinatown Garden Bridge

19th - 20th & 26th - 27th November
Time: 2pm to 8pm

Call 6556 2123 now to book your very own booth in the Chinatown Garden Bridge.

Carboot Flea @ Pagoda Street

Every Saturday & Sunday in November
Time: 2pm to 10pm

Call 6556 2123 now to book your very own booth in the Chinatown Carboot Flea!

Half Price Tuesday
Music Clinic will be giving out 50% discount of Vocal Master classes.

Duration of Class: 1.5 hours
Class Size: 6-10
Time: 7.30pm - 9pm
Price: $23.50 (Instead of usual $47)
Past Activities
Business of Heritage Conference @ Asian Civilization museum
5th October 2011

CBA to showcase the illustrations of the upcoming range of merchandises, which are supported by the Hi2P. These merchandises will be up for sale at the new Chinatown Visitor Centre, which opens December this year.

Fire Walking @ Sri Mariamman Temple (Chinatown)
16th October 2011

With our Special Guest - Former President S R Nathan GRC, to grace this special occasion.

12th Annual General Meeting @ Da Dong Restaurant
27th October 2011

It was a successful meeting and we would like to thank all the members who had attended this meeting. We hope to see all the members again in the coming 13th annual general meeting in 2012.