Kim Seng Road


Kim Seng Road, street, the east boundary of the Bukit Merah area, is located within the Central Region. It was named after Peranakan philanthropist Tan Kim Seng. 

History
The Kim Seng Bridge on Kim Seng Road, the most westerly of the 9 bridges crossing the Singapore River, carries Kim Seng Road from River Valley Road to Havelock Road. It also marks the supposed source of the Singapore River, and its upper reaches flows as the Alexandra Canal.

The landmarks here include Great World City Complex where once stood the Great World Amusement Park entertainment and recreation centre. The later had 2 movie theatres: the Sky and Globe built in the 1960s. Famous landmarks in Kim Seng Road from the 1930s to early 1970s include the Times House, built in the early 1960s. It was demolished in April 2004 and the site was sold to Wheelock Properties previously known as Marco Polo Development, for S$118.8 million. The site is now occupied by a 36-storey high condominium, The Cosmopolitan.

In the 1990s, new developments include Tiara Condominium Apartments, Mirage Tower Apartments and King's Centre at the corner of Havelock Road; and 2 new roads named Kim Seng Walk and Kim Seng Promenade.

The street gained Tan Kim Seng's name when he contributed financially to the building of the thoroughfare. He was known as the founder of the firm of Kim Seng & Co. and was a well-known public benefactor and businessman. The Kim Seng Constituency takes its name after the person.

Variant Names
Chinese name: In Hokkien Hong Hin kio and its Cantonese variant Fung heng lo. which means "Hong Hin Bridge" where Hong Hin refers to the seal of philanthropist Tan Kim Seng.



Author
Vernon Cornelius



References 
Durai Raja Singam S.  (1939). Malayan street names: What they mean and whom they commemorate (p. 116). Ipoh: Mercantile Press.
(Call no.: RCLOS 959.5 RAJ)

Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places (pp. 500, 510). Singapore: Times Books International.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 EDW)

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(Call No.: RSING 959.57 SIN)

Firmstone, H. W. (1905, February). Chinese names of streets and places in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 42, 102.
(Call no.: RSING 959.5 FIR-[IC]) 

Teo, J. (2005, March 12). Luxury freehold condo at ex-Times House site. The Straits Times



The information in this article is valid as at 1999 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the library for further reading materials on the topic.

Subject
Architecture and Landscape>>Streets and Places
Street names--Singapore
Singapore--History
Arts>>Architecture>>Public and commercial buildings

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