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In August 2018, Singapore announced its intention to nominate Hawker Culture in Singapore for the 2003 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity. Since then, various communities, groups and individuals have contributed and participated in the preparation of the nomination.

Here is a selection of some of the many creative forms of contributions in support of Hawker Culture in Singapore.


Letters of Support

From hawkers’ associations to community groups, NGOs and private organisations, we’ve received over 200 letters of support for the nomination of Hawker Culture.

The Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore, Hawkers’ Associations and Representatives
Community Organisations & NGOs
Private Organisations
Educational Institutions
Overseas Singaporeans



From projects to paintings, students have come up with creative ways to express their love for Hawker Culture.

Contributions from Educational Institutions


People’s Association Youth Movement


Corporate Supporter

Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group Singapore Pte Ltd (CAG) has pledged its support for Singapore’s nomination of ‘Hawker Culture in Singapore’ to be included in UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage through the provision of complimentary media spaces at various locations at Singapore Changi Airport Terminals. These spaces will be used to raise greater awareness of Singapore’s well-loved Hawker Culture amongst Singaporeans and visitors to our shores.

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport was corporatised on 1 July 2009. Changi Airport Group (CAG) was formed to undertake key functions, focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and Airport Emergency Services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

The world’s seventh busiest airport for international traffic, Changi Airport served a record 65.6 million passenger from around the globe. The airport’s latest gem, Jewel Changi Airport, opened in April 2019 and now attracts millions of visitors every month. Including Jewel, Changi Airport’s retail and dining offerings total more than 500 stores and over 260 F&B outlets. With over 100 airlines connecting Singapore to 380 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,400 flights every week, or about one every 80 seconds.



More than 3,000 photos were shared with #OurHawkerCulture, showing just how much Singaporeans love their Hawker Culture!

Online photo contributions
Messages of support

Video of Consent

25 hawkers from the hawkers’ associations that are members of The Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS), lent their voices in support for the nomination of Hawker Culture

A Day in the Life of Our Hawker Centres

A Day in the Life of Our Hawker Centres photography exhibition chronicles the 24-hour journey of five photographers at fivc different hawkwe centres. It presents a visual first-hand account of the hard work, dedication and passion as well as the people who keep Singapore’s hawker culture thriving. The images displayed at the exhibition are captioned by KF Seetoh of Makansutra.

A collaboration between the Ministry of Communications and Information, Makansutra and five photographers – Wilson Wong, Alex Ortega, Lawrence Teo, Francis. Lee and Ronald Low.