Top 5 Places to Visit near Days Hotel Singapore

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall or also known as Wan Qing Yuan in Chinese. A museum set in a colonial Victorian villa where visitors can trace the history of Dr. Sun’s life and work. [photo credit: flickr/chooyutshing]

While Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park in Balestier is not nestled in the heart of tourist attractions, it is a short taxi ride to most hotspots, including Novena Medical Center, Orchard Road shopping strip, Bugis and Marina Bay Sands.

Days Hotel Balestier (sometimes referred to as Days Inn Balestier) is also set in a charming district where you can find some unique experiences if you venture out on foot.

Here’s our recommendation of 5 interesting spots you should visit when exploring the area.

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Starting from Days Hotel Singapore, a good place to start the day is the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, located on neighboring Ah Hood Road.

This museum is dedicated to the great Chinese revolutionary leader’s efforts in the South-East Asia outside of China and Taiwan. Admission costs S$4 for adults and guided tours are available in English and Mandarin.

The museum is also housed in a beautiful colonial house, which is well-worth visiting just to admire its architecture. It dates back to when the area was a large sugar plantation owned by an American colonial-era ambassador called Joseph Balestier.

Thong Teck Sian Tong Lian Sin Sia Temple

Next, head down to Balestier Road, and follow the direction of the traffic until you reach Boon Teck Road. Here you can turn in to visit the Thong Teck Sian Tong Lian Sin Sia Temple.

There are a few interesting temples in this area but this is a rare example that hosts all three major Chinese religions: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. It’s a good place to explore the different gods and deities devotees pray to.

As the temple caters to people of all races, you can talk to the volunteers who run the temple to find out more about them and their charity work.

Sim Kwong Ho Shophouses

Sim Kwong Ho Shophouses

Sim Kwong Ho – a row of Chinese shophouses with intricate carvings and unique architecture that subtlely brings out the allure of Balestier. [photo credit: balestier2012]

You can admire the beauty of the pre-war shophouses along this stretch. They were built to serve the residents of the early settlers in this area. Some of them are really unique, like the Sim Kwong Ho Shophouses at 292 to 333 and 418 Balestier Road, which were built by a female business owner in 1928.

Not only is that interesting on its own, she commissioned a style that is completely special, combining Chinese and European baroque features, with extravagant carvings of flowers and dragons along Sikh door guards and angels.

Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory

Lam Yeo Coffee Power Shop

Lam Yeo (Nanyang in Hokkien) is a family run business that has been roasting and hawking coffee powder for the past 50 years. The coffee is uniquely blended to give a Singapore-style taste that is full-bodied and uniquely complex. [photo credit: balestier2012]

Continue along Balestier Road until you smell the intoxicating smell of coffee coming from Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory (328 Balestier Road).

If you’ve tried Singapore’s coffee, you would have noticed it tastes different.

This is because the coffee beans are roasted with sugar and margarine for a rich smell and taste. Lam Yeo Coffee is an old-school coffee retailer that’s like a blast from the past with its old grinders and tools. It doesn’t serve coffee but you can buy some freshly-ground coffee powder made from Bali beans to take home with you.

Ann Soon Hong Bird Shop

Then cross the road for your return journey to find your last stop, Ann Soon Hong Bird Shop (315 Balestier Road), which caters to the traditional hobby of rearing songbirds.

This is a traditional hobby brought over by the Chinese immigrants of old, who enjoyed “singing” competitions between their pets. Hanging all over the shop are ornate and exquisitely wooden cages that are made to house these beautiful birds.

You can chat with the shopkeeper if you want to find out more about the hobby of keeping songbirds.

If you are wondering where to eat after visiting all these spots, then you need to check out these best places to eat in Balestier.