Singapore’s Hawker Culture Now A UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

SINGAPORE—Hawker culture in the country clinches a spot in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.

This, after a 24-member international committee unanimously accepted Singapore’s application during virtual proceedings that took place Wednesday night (December 16).

The inscription comes after documents to nominate hawker culture were submitted to UNESCO in March of last year. Minister for Community, Culture, and Youth Edwin Tong thanked all hawkers and Singaporeans for their ‘overwhelming support’ of the nomination, according to a report by Channel News Asia. 

“Singapore’s hawker culture is a source of pride for Singapore and all Singaporeans,” said Mr. Tong. “It reflects our living heritage and multiculturalism.”

The successful nomination is Singapore’s first item on the intangible cultural heritage list, which has 463 entries including yoga in India and Belgian beer.

It is also the country’s second entry to any UNESCO list. In 2015, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Singapore, including hawkers and their patrons, takes pride in its current achievement as it proves the country is rich in history, culture, and heritage. A Singapore Heritage Tour is currently available for locals and tourists, where they can explore colorful heritage neighborhoods in a vintage Vespa sidecar. Art Deco heritage estate Tiong Bahru can be explored, too, using a Vespa sidecar.



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Words by Miguel Flores
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