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  • Maxwell Road Food Centre

    East Coast Lagoon Food Village

    Maxwell Road Food Centre started as wet market in 1929 dealing mainly with fresh produce. Although it was planned for more than a decade earlier, works on the market started only in 1927.

  • Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre

    East Coast Lagoon Food Village

    The popular Tiong Bahru Market opened in 1951 as Seng Poh Road Market. It was then just “a simple wooden structure with zinc pitched roof”.

  • East Coast Lagoon Food Village

    East Coast Lagoon Food Village

    The East Coast Lagoon Food Village was built over land which was reclaimed from the sea. The reclamation that created the East Coast Lagoon was started in the 1960s. It was not until 1971 that the construction of the first housing blocks in the area began, and with this, the development of the beach front also commenced.

  • Newton Circus Food Centre

    East Coast Lagoon Food Village

    Newton Food Centre was opened in 1971 as Singapore’s first hawker centre built without a wet market. It was part of the government’s 1970 initiative to build dedicated food centres along major thoroughfares and traffic intersections.

  • Digging up history

    John Miksic

    John Miksic shares about his archaeological work in Singapore and beyond.

  • A fan of local coffee shops

    Lai Ah Eng

    Find out why Lai Ah Eng loves our kopitiam heritage.

  • Som Said, choreographer

    Som Said

    Learn more about Singapore’s most well-known Malay dance choreographer.

  • Museum Man

    Kennie Ting

    Kennie Ting helps to preserve and care for our rich heritage of ancient Asian civilisations.

  • Hazel Olive Locke’s Memories of World War II

    Hazel Locke

    Hazel Locke recalls vivid scenes of the war reaching Singapore decades ago when she was a young woman.

  • Hazel Locke (née Hazel Olive Johannes)

    Hazel Locke

    When Hazel Locke was a girl, her father often told her stories about his aunt, Agnes Joaquim (1854-1899). She was an Armenian Singaporean woman who created the famous Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid.

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