On 16 Dec 2020, Hawker Culture in Singapore was successfully inscribed as Singapore’s first element on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) unanimously gave their support towards the inscription of Hawker Culture in Singapore after the 12-member Evaluation Body had previously recommended it for inscription on 16 Nov 2020.
This two-year long journey, which began on 19 Aug 2018 when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Singapore’s intention to nominate Hawker Culture in Singapore, is a result of a strong collaboration between the National Heritage Board, National Environment Agency, Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore as well as the public, community and experts who actively came forward to show their support for the bid.
Celebrating our Hawker Culture – Hawkers’ Fest 2020
As part of the celebration of the inscription of Hawker Culture in Singapore, Singaporeans can take part in Hawkers’ Fest 2020.
Thanking our Hawkers
As part of the celebration of the inscription of Hawker Culture in Singapore, we would like to encourage Singaporeans to show their support for our hawkers, the culinary masters who have been dishing up our favourite hawker dishes over generations at our beloved hawker centres.
Here are some of the ways the community has shown their support for Hawker Culture in Singapore.
Chope.Buy.Eat by Tew Gun Rui
A quickfire card game developed by 11-year old Tew Gun Rui that explores Singapore’s hawker cuisine while having a ton of fun.
#ThankYouHawkers Art Competition
Members of the public were encourage to create their own unique artworks to the theme of #ThankYouHawkers, as a tribute to our hawker heroes.
#ThankYouHawkers Art Project
Inspired by the heart-warming stories of Singapore’s Hawker Culture by fellow Singaporeans, four local artists came together to create their own Community Art Projects as a tribute to our beloved hawkers.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Student Showcase
From podcasts to mini-documentaries, students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic showcased creative ways to explore Singapore’s Hawker Culture.
DigiMuse – Hawker Culture Edition
Explore Hawker Culture digitally through an array of content developed by six local creatives.
Online Hawker Game by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
An online game celebrating our local Chinese culture through some of our favourite hawker dishes.
Publication on Hawker Culture in Singapore
This publication provides an overview of Hawker Culture in Singapore, a living heritage shared by hawkers and patrons alike that reflects our multicultural identity as a people and nation