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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Russell3939
Castle Rock, CO856 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This would be a short visit for you. The colors do not appear as bright as they do in pictures. You cannot go inside. If you are in the area, might be worth a short trip. Don’t travel for it.
Written 26 March 2024
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karenpammy2016
San Francisco, CA1,165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
If you have time to visit the Little India area of Singapore, it is worth a detour to pass by this really colorful house. Take the Northeast Line (Purple) to Punggol and get off at Little India-- then get out at Exit E- up the escalator-- turn right and walk down about two blocks -- on your right just about block down is this hidden house. You can't miss it as the colors stick out vibrantly. House of Tan Teng Niah is probably one of the most colorful houses here in Singapore-- the colors are not arranged in a rainbow order but they are so colorful and whimsical in nature.
Go early in the day as there are less people in the street . Go up close to see the art workmanship and details at the entrance door and walk around the house. It is no longer operating as a business nor is anyone living there but there were workers inside repairing the interior. Lot of shops surrounding the House of Tan Teng Niah where you can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, drinks and snacks.

Written 18 November 2023
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r2thebizel
Pattaya, Thailand518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It’s a great vibe in the area with all the street art and a unique building with some exquisite detail to take in. Worth a walk through but perhaps not a purposeful journey.
Written 14 October 2023
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Yuli Sidharta
Jakarta, Indonesia60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Herritage building with pop art culture, nearest with MRT little India. One of the tourist spot that you need to visit
Written 10 August 2023
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B T
London, UK1,216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
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, Singapore924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
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, UK179,764 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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, FL18,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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, Switzerland55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
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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