SG Heart Map launches app featuring self-guided trails in S’pore
Aug 08, 2015
SG Heart Map has created a mobile app featuring trails located in five zones around Singapore, which include spots for foodies and nature-lovers to explore.
Since last year, the SG Heart Map project has collected more than 85,000 stories from Singaporeans about different places around the island. For the app, called SG Heart Map Tours, it has identified 50 places in the south-east, south-west, north-east, north-west and central parts of Singapore as significant to people here. Toa Payoh garnered the most stories among the towns and earned a spot among the 50, as did MacRitchie Reservoir, the Botanic Gardens, the two integrated resorts, and Pulau Tekong.
The app features self-guided trails of some of these areas, and can detect a user’s location and provide interesting trivia about places along each trail as he or she moves along.
The project also launched guided bus tours in June, on which all 10,000 spots have been snapped up.
On the app, sections have been added that will guide users on food expeditions and garden jaunts. It has listed 12 markets and food centres, including Chomp Chomp Food Centre, East Coast Lagoon Food Centre, Geylang Serai Market and Tiong Bahru Market, as well as 13 parks such as Chinese Garden, MacRitchie Reservoir, Punggol Waterway, and the Botanic Gardens.
Yesterday morning, Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, joined a SG Heart Map North-West tour, and said the app would help more people visit the 50 places chosen by Singaporeans to be significant.
Users can go on self-guided tours, which will come in handy for individuals and families looking for activities to do over the long weekend, said Ms Fu, who is co-chair of the SG50 Environment and Infrastructure Committee overseeing the SG Heart Map project.
“By doing so, we hope Singaporeans are reconnected to the places that are important to them and also reconnected with one another. Because if you use the app, you’ll find beautiful descriptions by other Singaporeans of the places, so it’s a way of connecting with Singapore; it’s a way of connecting with fellow Singaporeans,” said Ms Fu, who is also Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, as well as Foreign Affairs.
The app also includes games, such as quizzes and puzzles, and allows users to take photos of places around Singapore. Users can also read stories submitted by fellow Singaporeans about these places, as well as add to the shared memories by submitting their own stories on the SG Heart Map portal.
The SG Heart Map Tours app is available for free from Google Play. It will be made available on the Apple App store from the end of the month.
Source: TODAY ONLINE