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Uncover Taoist Heritage in a Local Artisan Effigy Shop in Singapore

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    Art, Culture & History

    Uncover Taoist Heritage in a Local Artisan Effigy Shop

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    Location: 35 Neil Road Singapore 088821
    Duration: 75 Minutes
    Guide Language: English

    Amid Tanjong Pagar's skyscrapers and gentrified hipster bars, you'll find Say Tiang Hng (translated to Heaven's Garden in Hokkien), a quiet family-owned craft shop. Filled from floor-to-ceiling with handcrafted wooden statues of Taoist deities of all sizes, this unique hidden gem has been around since 1896.

    Today, this unassuming shop is one of Singapore’s last surviving heritage businesses. The fourth-generation owner runs the business and shares stories of Taoist deities in hopes of preserving the dying craft of effigy-making. Meet the passionate artists to uncover the intriguing elements of Taoist philosophy, culture, history and design.

    Learn about the colourful myths and legends of hundreds of Taoist deities and iconographies like motifs, facial features and even weapons. Find out more about the craft and how the second generation owners struggled to run the business while raising a family with seven kids.


    Go behind the scenes of a quaint Taoist effigy shop (est. 1896), nestled amid towering skyscrapers in Singapore's city centre.

    Experience the expert craftsmanship, rich history, fascinating culture and tradition through the lost art of Taoist effigy-making.

    Discover a living heritage housed in this unique studio and learn about culture and citizenship, run by Singapore's last-surviving artisans.

    Witness the artisans at work and get acquainted with the legends of Chinese culture, religion and philosophy.

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