House of Tan Teng Niah
House of Tan Teng Niah
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Neighbourhood: Little India
With a strong local Indian community, this pocket of Singapore can feel like another place and time. Wander past traditional barbershops while local residents in brightly coloured saris patronize retailers from decades past. Peruse streets lined with colourful shops as the aroma of curry tempts you to indulge. Listen to the Bollywood music echoing from storefronts and take in the stalls selling bright flowers, fabrics, and spices. At the 24-hour, four-level Mustafa Shopping Centre, you can shop through the night and find everything from pharmacy and grocery items to Bollywood DVDs and diamond necklaces. Singapore’s Little India offers a colourful, lively taste of the subcontinent and is well worth the visit.
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B T
London, UK948 contributions
The house is very colourful, I think the only reason it is so well known is because it is brightly painted so looks nice, but it is a little odd as it is right in the middle of little India so it looks out of place.
Written 27 August 2022
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John Jackson
Singapore, Singapore921 contributions
Always a good vibes and memories are coming from there!

IF you are fan of street photography graffiti or history of Singapore then you are going to love it! remember it!

Cheers!
Written 11 September 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,518 contributions
This house used to belong to Tan Teng Niah, a Chinese businessman who lived in what is now the Little India neighbourhood. This house is also known for being the last Chinese Villa in the area. While some of the architecture of the building retains Chinese elements, the restoration has given the building a very colourful look. The mixture of bright colours seem more South Indian tha Chinese to me. Nevertheless, it’s a very photogenic building and this was pretty much the only building that was of interest to me in LIttle India.
Written 10 March 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,620 contributions
Along with the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Serangoon Road, this is one of the must sees in Little India. From the pictures it is easy to think the reason is its multi color paint scheme. While that is great for pictures, the real significance is this is the last remain Chinese villa homes in Little India. It was built is a style used by many Chinese merchants who lived and operated businesses in the cattle and rattan businesses of Little India. The upstairs was the home while the downstairs the business. It has now been fully embraced as Indian with its many colors looking like a temple. Anyways this place is great to see and get a picture.
Written 9 March 2020
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Michelle M
Fully, Switzerland54 contributions
Solo
Such a happy place to be. Colourful old houses retain their charm with vibrant paint and authentic Architecture style. Totally love it. Extremely easy to get to. Take the MRT to Little India Station n take exit E. As soon as you got to the top of the escalator, look left n you will see part of a colourful building. Just turn left and follow it. Enjoy!
Written 26 September 2019
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Quan Mei
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
You’ll easily see why the residence of Tan Teng Niah has been deemed ‘the most colourful house in Singapore’. Decked out in myriad hues, this pre-war villa was once home to its namesake, a confectionery businessman. Today, it’s home to some shops, but still makes some great photo opportunities.
Written 17 September 2019
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The Travelling Ambivert
London, UK267 contributions
If you’re in the Little India area, the house of Tan Teng Niah is one of the stop-off points to take in a little piece of Singaporean history and a few cheeky snaps. Instagrammers and photographers have an affinity with this spot. As a historic location in Singapore, a guide can be hired to learn more about the location.
Written 7 September 2019
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Dining outlets
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Business
A historical Chinese building found in the heart of an Indian enclave. It imprints the legacy of the Chinese contributions to the Indian community more than 100 years ago.

A great reference point for students and tourist alike to learn about inter-racial harmony in Singapore
Written 19 July 2019
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SurfingWild
Bandung, Indonesia39,884 contributions
Solo
I would only really recommend visiting this place if you are in the vicinity of Little India at the Bukit Timah road end. The house was built in 1900 and is historically interesting in that it belonged to Tan Teng Niah, a Chinese merchant who made sweets and sold them in stores along nearby Serangoon Road. It is apparently the last Chinese villa left in the Little India area.

The house is very brightly painted so you cannot miss it, and there is a small hawker food area just in front of it. I noticed that the main front door was locked and at a side door entrance there was a sign saying "no entry". So, visitors are clearly not allowed to enter the house which is quite a shame.

The place is good for taking photos or as I saw many tourists doing, taking selfies against the colourful exterior of the house.
Written 6 June 2019
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Ujang Sapri
132 contributions
Couples
Colorful historical land mark. It's a good place to stop by and take picture. If you happen to be around the place, it's worth a visit.
Written 1 June 2019
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