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Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru Town

Introduction

Tiong Bahru Estate is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. It was built in 1930w by Singapore Improvement Trust which is a government body administered by British colonial authority. There are a total of 30 blocks each made up of two to 5 storey flats with a total of 900 units.

Previously, Tiong Bahru is well known for its bird- singing aviaries, however it has been torn down and replaced by Link Hotel. Bird lovers still can gather around the bird corner near The Link Hotel to enjoy the chirps of their songbirds.

In 2003, 20 blocks of Pre World War II flats were preserved for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority for Conservation. Another 36 shop flats/ shop houses along Outram Road are also included in the Tiong Bahru Conservation Area.

Tiong Bahru is an old heritage housing estate area filled with Pre-world war II conservation houses, HDB flats and condominiums. This area is well loved by locals and expats.

Old conserved housing

Old conserved housing

Transportation: Modes of transportation are made easy via Tiong Bahru Mrt station along East-West line. There is also several bus services available here. Major expressway like CTE, AYE and ECP will allow vehicle owners easy access to and fro many parts of Singapore. Driving to Orchard shopping district or central business district will take you about 10-15 minutes.

Recreational facilities in the neighborhood include Tiong Bahru Community Centre, Tiong Bahru Park and also nearby Chinatown district.

Hotels around Tiong Bahru include Nostalgia Hotel, The Cape Inn, Holiday Inn Atrium Singapore, Link Hotel, Wangz Hotel, Hotel 81 Osaka, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel and Furama Riverfront.

Shopping Malls: For those who love to shop and dine, you can head down to the nearby malls which include Tiong Bahru Plaza, Lucky Chinatown, OG Building, Chinatown Point, Great World City and Robertson Walk. For more shopping, dining and entertainment purposes you can drive down to Orchard or Marina Bay which is about 10 to 15 minutes away.

The nearest supermarkets are Cold Storage at Great World City, NTUC Fairprice at Tiong Bahru Plaza and Sheng Siong Supermarket at Chin Swee Road.

Restaurants: Foodies can head towards the famous eateries and restaurants along Seng Poh Road, Havelock Road, Tiong Bahru Road and also in Chinatown.

TB Market

TB Market

Tiong Bahru Market is a very popular place where you get to enjoy delicious authentic hawker food. It was one of the first modern markets built near a housing area in 1955. Prior to that, there were many street hawkers along the roadside, previously known as seng poh market.

Education: The primary educational institutions around include ZhangdePrimary School, CHIJ Kellock Primary School, River Valley Primary School and Radin Mas Primary Schoo. The Secondary Schools in the neighborhood include Henderson Secondary School, Outram Secondary School and Gan Eng Seng Secondary School. Tertiary institutions around here include Duke Nus.

Healthcare: For medical consult, you can head to the nearby General Practitioner Clinics, Outram Polyclinic, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore National Eye Centre, National Cancer Centre and National Heart Centre in the area to provide specialist healthcare services for the residents.

Places of worship: These include Kim Lan Bao Temple at 119A Kim Tian Road, Tiong Bahru Qui Tian Gong Temple at 44 Eng Hoon Street, My Saviour’s Church at 2 Prince Charles Crescent and Masjid Kampong Delta at 10 Delta Avenue.

Tiong Bahru Plaza

Tiong Bahru Plaza

Did you know?

1.One interesting fact is that the streets all named after Chinese pioneers of the early 19th and 20th centuries (Kim Pong, Guan Chuan, Chay Yan, Lim Liak, etc). The shop house architecture is well liked among locals and expats. The flats have flat rooftops, unique spiral staircases, underground storage and shelters and also rounded balconies.

2.During the pre- World War II years, only the upper class can afford to live here. It is also known as Mei Ren Wo (“Den of Beauties “in Chinese ) as this is where the rich keep their mistresses. After the Second World War, the housing estate is more affordable and is no longer restricted to the rich and famous.

3.Block 78 at Guan Chuan street is the only block in Singapore that still contain the air raids shelter and storage rooms that were used during the World War II. Currently they are locked up, no access to the public.

Tiong Bahru Delicious hawker food

There is this nice coffeeshop along Seng Poh Road diagonally opposite to main entrance of Tiong Bahru Market. For many years, there are 4 stalls there which sell delicious food. There are the coffee stall, duck noodles stall, wanton mee stall and the Hainanese curry rice stall.

The coffeeshop

The coffeeshop

Corner view

Corner view

However in Jan 2014, the landlord has changed and the stalls have all moved out. The Hainanese Curry rice stall moved 1-2 streets down the road in another coffeeshop. The wanton mee moved to the “si ka teng” 四角停, the T junction along Bukit Merah Road/Lower Delta Road. The duck noodles stall has yet to find a location as of Feb 2014.

Duck noodle and Wanton mee

Duck noodle and Wanton mee

Duck noodles

Duck noodles

Wanton Noodles

Wanton Noodles

Curry rice stall

Curry rice stall

Pork Chop Rice

Pork Chop Rice