A walk through heritage and history along Bukit Timah Heritage Trail

Masjid Al-Huda chairman Azman Kassim was born in Bukit Timah. He used to watch Chinese opera with his childhood friends at Hoon San Temple opposite the mosque. The mosque and temple are part of the recently revamped Bukit Timah Heritage Trail.
The Former Ford Factory (above), where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (right, in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail. The Bandstand (in a 2010 photograph) at Singapore Botan
The Former Ford Factory (above), where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail.STRAITS TIMES GRAPHICS; PHOTOS: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD, SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS, URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, VENESSA LEE
The Former Ford Factory (above), where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (right, in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail. The Bandstand (in a 2010 photograph) at Singapore Botan
The Former Ford Factory, where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (above, in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail. STRAITS TIMES GRAPHICS; PHOTOS: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD, SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS, URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, VENESSA LEE
The Former Ford Factory (above), where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (right, in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail. The Bandstand (in a 2010 photograph) at Singapore Botan
The prayer hall (above) of Masjid Al-Huda in a 2016 photograph. The mosque was built in 1925 in Jalan Haji Alias. STRAITS TIMES GRAPHICS; PHOTOS: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD, SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS, URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, VENESSA LEE
The Former Ford Factory (above), where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (right, in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail. The Bandstand (in a 2010 photograph) at Singapore Botan
Hoon San Temple (above) was established in 1902 by emigrants from Jiazhou village in Fujian, China. It is dedicated to the deity Lim Tai See, who was born in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty.STRAITS TIMES GRAPHICS; PHOTOS: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD, SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS, URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, VENESSA LEE
The Former Ford Factory (above), where the British surrendered to the Japanese in World War II; and the former Beauty World (right, in a 1972 photograph) are among the sites on a thematic trail. The Bandstand (in a 2010 photograph) at Singapore Botan
The Bandstand (in a 2010 photograph) at Singapore Botanic Gardens. STRAITS TIMES GRAPHICS; PHOTOS: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD, SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS, URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, VENESSA LEE
Mr Azman Kassim  is the chairman of Masjid Al-Huda, built in 1925 in Jalan Haji Alias. The 57-year-old was born and raised in what used to be Kampong Tempe, which was located nearby.
Mr Azman Kassim is the chairman of Masjid Al-Huda, built in 1925 in Jalan Haji Alias. The 57-year-old was born and raised in what used to be Kampong Tempe, which was located nearby.

Three thematic routes along the refreshed Bukit Timah Heritage Trail offer Singaporeans insights into the country's past, such as kampung life

The former railway in Bukit Timah brought the area to life when it was built in the early 1900s.

Cutting through a region once filled with gambier and pepper plantations, it used to connect Singapore and Malaysia. By 1905, there was an annual passenger volume of more than 500,000.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2018, with the headline 'A walk through heritage and history'. Print Edition | Subscribe