In this three-part series, we take a look at Tiong Bahru's next-generation offerings and how the estate has evolved from being a pre-war housing estate to one of the most charming and sought-after districts in Singapore. This week, we take a look at how its creative history has shaped the architecture of the neighbourhood.
Wander around Tiong Bahru and you’ll find an intriguing combination of old and new in the neighbourhood. Many of its low-rise, pre-war buildings have been preserved, giving people a look into Singapore’s past. And now, as hip and modern shops and eateries have flocked to the estate, it has become one of the coolest places in the world.
Mr Kenny Leck, who owns the Books Actually bookstore at 9 Yong Siak Street, told Keppellandlive in our new Tiong Bahru Insider video series: “It’s almost like you’re going through a time travel machine when you’re in Tiong Bahru. There is a lot of history to be uncovered in this modern estate.”