Once infamous for being Singapore's main hooker quarters, Keong Saik Road is now a sleepy place by day, stretching from Chinatown to Tanjong Pagar, this long road boasts of Chinese-style merchants, famous food places, Peranakan shophouses and a meander to the lesser known side streets with well-preserved heritage buildings that are carefully and wonderfully restored.
It was a Dutch architect who first introduced me to the wonderful world of taking photos of the many old and charmingly special buildings here in Singapore. Having spent some months on Keong Saik Road for a work assignment, I used the remaining parts of my lunch hour to snap and document all the ones I saw and liked.
Camera:Vivitar Ultra Wide&Slim
Film: Lomography Color 800 35mm + Fuji T64 Tungsten + Lomography Color Xpro
Most photos taken at noon.
From No. 1 Keong Saik Road, there is an intersection of Craig Road and Neil Road.
If you turn left, the road brings you down to the Chinatown area. Another way to reach the Chinatown area is from the end of Keong Saik Road (one-way) that brings you to the area near Outram Park MRT. The buildings here are mainly made up of offices, old merchant-style trading companies and some F&B restaurants, pubs.
If you turn right instead and cross the cross-junction around Cantonment area, walking towards Everton Park and through the apartment HDBs you will reach Everton Road, Spottiswoode Park, Blair Road, and another part of Neil Road. This place is mostly residential with Peranakan and Asian-themed architectural features.
Here are the photos from the “left turn”:
Here are the photos from the “right turn”
Here is Keong Saik Road itself and a bit on Teo Hong Road/Duxton Park:
The details on the houses are amazing and I just love to walk through these areas looking at the designs. I’m glad that these places still remain in the city of Singapore and I hope that not only do we take photos of the amazing city skyline in the Marina Bay area, we remember that the old places have a story to tell as well!