Tiong Bahru, Singapore

20181005_113821_0

Tiong Bahru – a housing estate in Bukit Merah, developed in the 1920s. Still standing here are a couple of blocks of Art Deco, Streamline Moderne-style complexes that remind me of retro airport buildings. There is also a long row of hip cafes and bakeries here where you can enjoy everything from Thai to Western to French. But if you like something more local, simply cross the street and have your pick from numerous stalls at the sprawling Tiong Bahru Market (which supposedly has a couple of Michelin Bib Gourmand stalls under its roof).

We spent a free half day here during our last family trip, and we didn’t really have a map or goal — we just got off at Tiong Bahru station and started walking around. Aside from the vintage HBDs and restaurants, we also spotted some cool street art on walls, some interesting shops and boutiques, and the Qi Tian Gong temple which dates back to the 1920s. It’s definitely a worthy stop if you’re on your 2nd, 3rd, or 256th time in Singapore and looking for something different to explore in the Lion City. Though it is a small nation, Singapore’s history is so rich and layered and there’s so much to discover and appreciate under all that order and modernity.

20181005_114033_020181005_114550_0Processed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 preset20181005_113247_020181005_113411_020181005_113224_1Processed with VSCO with c8 preset20181005_115616_0Processed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with s3 preset

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.