Dragon Playgrounds from the 1970s


Playgrounds meant the world to children in the 70s and 80s. Playtime did not involve being glued to the computer, TV, and touchscreens. Playtime was running about barefooted, balancing on see-saws, and playing imaginary games with siblings, relatives, neighbours, and friends in the playgrounds that were found near our homes.

Dragon Playground along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

Knowing my love for mosaic, someone sent me a link that not only gave me information to new locations to photograph, it also gave me insight to the history and development of these mosaic playgrounds that are still found in Singapore.

So on a bright Saturday morning, I headed out with a “mission” to explore and photograph the three dragon playgrounds that are located in Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh. These dragon playgrounds were designed by Mr. Khor Ean Ghee and built in the 1970s. (do take time to read the e-book, “Mosaic Memories”, there is a lot of information and I have no wish to plagiarise their good work).

In the process of taking photos, it brought back childhood memories of digging in sandboxes, hanging upside down from monkey bars, and playing “catch”.

It was a lovely trip down memory lane.

Dragon Playground along Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Dragon Playground along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
Dragon Playground along Lorong 1 Toa Payoh

Singaporememory.sg's Mosaic Memories provides a detailed overview of these playgrounds, and also an interview with Mr. Khor Ean Ghee.

The playground situated along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh was recently featured in Flavorwire.com's post titled, “15 Amazing Playgrounds From All Over The World”.

written by judithchew on 2012-07-10 #places #singapore #playground #memories #yesteryears #local-flavor #dragon-playground #select-type-of-location #location

One Comment

  1. reminator
    reminator ·

    Well, that's just lovely.

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