Tiong Bahru Estate
Tiong Bahru Estate
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bartyjy
Sydney, Australia316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is the first social housing project in Singapore and an exquisitely well maintained art deco delight.

Havelock station is actually much closer to where all the action is than Tiong Bahru station itself. I noticed some commentary about it being hard to find. The hawker centre market is on every map. If you head toward it it’s then surrounded by this charming estate of beautifully maintained deco buildings. This was one of my top picks. It’s also quite different to the equally as pretty, but maybe more obvious chophouse / Peranakan house areas. Asia’s answer to Miami South Beach!
Written 3 April 2024
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kkinmanli
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
the roast duck with rice is still sold for SD4,
but the amount is markedly smaller than
before Covid. Moreover, my favourite stall
has gone. the new comer sell something else
at higher prices.
Written 17 August 2023
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Zoe Sy
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Nice architecture!
Great ambiance and a perfect quiet place
if you just need to do unwind

Read books and photography

The people are accommodating to tourist.
Written 7 July 2023
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
My children decided to dine at the Old Shifu Charcoal porridge at 58 Seng Poh Road. As we strolled down the back lane of the pre-war Tiong Bahru flats, it invoked nostagic memories of my young old days.

My parents moved in to the nearby flats along Jalan Bukit Merah since I was a child. My dad brought me to Tiong Bahru Community Center to learn Tae Kwondo when I was in primary six. My mum used to frequent the garment shops at Tiong Bahru market to buy her new year clothings.

The Old Shifu Charoal porridge restaurant is located just directly across Tiong Bahru food Center. The charcoal brewed traditional Cantonese styled sliced fish porridge which I ordered tasted delicious. I particularly like the stirred fried watercress which were freshly green and tasted good. My wife was fascinated with the flowy texture of the century egg with mixed pork porridge while my daughter like their signature chilly hot lady fingers.

It was a memorable dine out in traditional charcoal porridge in this pristine nostagic Tiong Bahru old estate.
Written 13 March 2023
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Peter Blanc
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Nice transition from skyscrapers to pre war architecture. Near to tiong bahru market which houses many wonderful local delights.
Written 13 January 2023
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
This charming neighborhood is worth seeing. One feature of the area is that all of the streets are named after Chinese pioneers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Loved those Art Deco inspired rounded balconies and spiral staircases.
Written 28 December 2022
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The best way to have the Tiong Bahru experience is to do the self-guided Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail which consists of ten markers with detailed explanation.
Marker No 3 along Outram Road shows the site of the graves of Tan Tock Seng, Chua Seah Neo (daughter-in-law) and Wuing Neo (grand daughter-in-law).
Marker No 5 is the Monkey God Temple and the trustees of the Temple claim that this was the first temple in Singapore dedicated to the worship of the Monkey God.
Marker No 9 is the site of the horse-shoe block at Blk 78 Moh Guan Terrace. There is also a pre-war air raid shelter at Blk 78. Access to this shelter can be done only with certain guided tour.
Marker No 10 in front of Blk 33 describes the unique design of Tiong Bahru flats. Some features include the five-foot ways, back lanes, spiral staircase, the shophouses and kitchen airwell.
Although the SIT flats in Tiong Bahru was meant to be a mass public housing project to alleviate the overcrowding problem in Chinatown, it did not happen as rents in TB cost about $18-$25 a month while that in Chinatown cost only between $3-$6 a month. Hence just like the present days, Tiong Bahru became a residential estate for the affluent and professional classes.
Marker No 6 highlights the architecture of Tiong Bahru and the marker is situated at Sit Wah Road. Blk 81 and 82 along Tiong Poh Road are known as "aeroplane flats" because they look like the wings of an aeroplane. Tiong Bahru's pre-war flats were built in a modified form of a style called Streamline Moderne.
Tiong Bahru market and Food centre are also well-known for the numerous famous stalls which provide delicious food in a well-ventilated environment at affordable price on the second level. The market at level 1 is also a very pleasant place to browse around as there are so many variety of stalls and most vegetables and fruits are so attractively packaged. I also bought arabica coffee beans from the coffee stall. There are many pork stalls too.
There are also many popular F&B outlets here such as Loo's curry rice and Tiong Bahru Bakery. Glaicier cafe at Blk 55 sells local kuehs and pastry. There are a few Yip Yew Cheong's murals depicting lives in the sixties and seventies. A walk here enables one to use all the senses to see, taste etc.
Written 20 September 2020
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Anna R
Adelaide, Australia615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Tiong Bahru is a neighbourhood really worth visiting - unlike Chinatown (a tourist trap best to avoid) it is a vibrant local community. Formerly the earliest Singaporean government housing estate built in the 1930's, now a sought after address with prices to match.

I visited Tiong Bahru for the first time in 30 years and it was fascinating to see the changes (the famous bird corner long gone but immortalised with a mural) - the character of the art deco buildings has not been spoiled by development, because it is a heritage area. There is a great atmosphere and it's a pleasure to walk the Ti8ong Bahru Heritage Trail, visit the market, look at the houses, local shops, and stop for lunch at one of the excellent cafes (eg Tiong Bahru Bakery). If you want to see 'real Singapore', not just places which seem to exist purely for tourists, don't miss it.
Written 1 December 2019
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merlberryy
Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Favourite places at tiong bahru includes

Food: Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh, Tiong bahru Bakery, Plain Vanilla Bakery, House of Peranakan Petite, Forty Hands, Jian Bo Shui Kueh in Tiong bahru Market

To do: Books Actually, Curated Records
Written 10 October 2019
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Mark T
Melbourne, Australia186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A wonderful place to explore original urban planning "Singapore style", especially if you love art-deco architecture. This is an original housing estate from the 1930s which has been preserved and maintained - great to see that local people are still living there. There are many laneways to explore, plenty of coffee shops and a good local bookstore.

After this "pilot study" Singapore started building huge concrete housing estates that now cover the majority of the island, so I think this district is quite significant to the history of modern Singapore.

An excellent place to explore if you want peace and quiet away from the tourist swarms!
Written 4 October 2019
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