Keong Saik Road in Singapore

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Keong Saik Road is a one-way road located in Chinatown within the Outram Planning Area in Singapore. The road links New Bridge Road to Neil Road, and is intersected by Kreta Ayer Road. Keong Saik Road was named in 1926 after the Malacca-born Chinese businessman, Tan Keong Saik, in remembrance to his contribution to the Chinese community.

The stretch of road became a prominent red-light district with many brothels located in the shophouses on either side of the street in the 1960s. The street, along with Sago Lane areas became notoriously known as one of the “turfs” operated by the Sio Loh Kuan secret society. The 1990s opened a new chapter for the road, with the site sprouting many “boutique hotels” like Naumi Liora, Hotel 1929, Regal Inn and Keong Saik Hotel. Keong Saik Road now mainly houses coffee shops, art galleries and other shops for commercial use.

Sri Layan Sithi Vinayar Temple © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-4.0 Cundhi Gong Temple © Torbenbrinker cc-by-sa-4.0 © Jacklee/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Terence Ong/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Terence Ong/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Terence Ong/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Sri Layan Sithi Vinayar Temple © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-4.0
The Bukit Pasoh conservation area, which is conserved on 7 July 1989, is bounded by Keong Saik road and other roads. Some shophouses along Keong Saik Road were given conservation status on 12 April 1990 and the remaining shophouses were given the same status on 25 October 1991. In 2017, it was selected as one of the top ten destinations in Asia by Lonely Planet Magazine.

One of the most sightworthy buildings is Cundhi Gong Temple at No. 13 Keong Saik Road, which was built in 1928 in the Nanyang style. The temple, which is dedicated to the Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, is a two storey building without a forecourt and has an area of 400 square metres. Sri Layan Sithi Vinayar Temple at No. 73 Keong Saik Road was built in 1925. The temple was consecrated in 1973, 1989, 2007 and in 2019. The five storey Rajagopuram was added in 2007 when the temple was renovated and redesigned.

Read more on TimeOut.com – The ultimate guide to Keong Saik Road, LifestyleAsia.com – The 11 must-visit restaurants at Keong Saik Road, TheHoneycombers.com – The buzz on Keong Saik Road: Trendy restaurants, cool bars and affordable local eats and Wikipedia Keong Saik Road (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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