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Here's Why Singapore's Oldest Remaining Dragon Kiln Is Worth A Journey To The West

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Shasha Dania •  Nov 01, 2020

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Running out of ideas for how to have a fun weekend in Singapore with family and friends? Blend a cultural experience with learning a new and creative skill at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle! This pottery business in Jurong West not only holds public pottery workshops but they're also the home to Singapore's oldest remaining dragon kiln. ? Read on to find out what makes them unique and why they're the family-friendly experience you need to try next. ? Let's start with: what is a dragon kiln? Dragon kilns are traditional brick-built kilns that use wood fires to cure pottery pieces. Unlike modern gas or electric kilns, the fire and ashes created in the process result in unique pieces that can't be replicated with modern techniques! ? Thow Kwang was even named part of Singapore's 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the National Heritage Board in 2020! P.S. Thow Kwang fires up the dragon kiln 2-3 times a year. You can follow their Facebook page for updates for the next firing session! You can also experience their Dragon Kiln Guided Tours (from $18) to explore and learn more about these huge kilns. It includes a tour where you get to walk into the kiln itself, a pottery demonstration, and shopping time too! It takes just 40-60 minutes but you'll walk away with unforgettable memories and some cool photos as well. ? You can also try your hand at creating your pottery pieces at their family-friendly one-off workshops. ? Don't worry if you've never tried pottery before - they have various beginner-friendly options starting from just $35 (adult) and $28 (child). If you're attending as a parent-child duo you can get a special group price (from $45)! ? Pottery is a hobby we don't really get to experience in our own homes, so being able to get out of the house and try something new can be a unique experience for the whole family. ? #HHWT Tip: After your workshop, head to these top 13 halal eateries in Jurong to refuel with a yummy meal! ? After your workshop, pop by their retail store to check out some beautiful pottery in a variety of shapes and designs. ? From Peranakan-inspired dishes to delicate ceramic earrings, you'll definitely find something to add a pop of colour to your home - or your outfit! Their workshop slots are limited so it's best to book your lesson ASAP! As there are very few traditional dragon kilns left in Singapore, being able to learn more about one is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. ? Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM - 5PM Address: 85 Lorong Tawas, Singapore 639823 (via Clean Tech View) Contact: 62686121 Getting there: Take bus 199 from Boon Lay Interchange until the 6th stop ('Bef Lor Danau, Nanyang Avenue'), and walk across Jurong Eco Park Website | Facebook | Instagram