Tiong Bahru Estate - Singapore's Oldest Housing Estate
By Mag TY
27 Feb 2012
A recent art walk around Tiong Bahru, Singapore's oldest housing estate brought a different perspective to the usual staid environment that I call home. I have been in this area due to personal photography projects and on other times to devour some of the famous food that this place seems to have an overdose of.
The art walk "OH!Open House" essentially allows unique glimpses into the homes of residents of the area with artwork weaved into the residences.
As usual, it was a humid evening when we started with the walk. I had expected that with these being old buildings, climbing up stairs would be part of the deal but it slowly became quite tiring walking up some 3-4 flights of stairs each time we visit a home and after the 3rd house, everything became a blur.
A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to find that this same area housed air raid shelters (see my earlier story of the Air Raid Shelter in Singapore: http://jpgmag.com/stories/18597) and for this visit, I equally surprised to visit a temple dedicated to the Monkey God.
It goes to show there are many more things to discover in this neighborhood and I hope to be able to discover many more interesting things about this location for many years to come.