Boon Tat Street



Boon Tat Street is a one-way street located in the Central Business District (CBD).1 It connects Amoy Street to the junction of Shenton Way and Raffles Quay.2 The street was named in 1945 after Ong Boon Tat (b. 1888–d. 1941), a Singapore-born businessman and former Municipal Commissioner.3

History
Originally called Japan Street, Boon Tat Street was the first street to be renamed after the Japanese Occupation (1942–45). It was named after Ong Boon Tat, a former municipal commissioner and businessman who owned New World Park, an amusement park, in Jalan Besar, as well as some brickworks, sawmills and rubber estates.4


Description
From the direction of Amoy Street, the first landmark on Boon Tat Street is Telok Ayer Green Park, located at the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street.5 Next to the park is the Nagore Dargah, a shrine and national monument, built between 1828 and 1830.6 Other prominent landmarks include Cecil Court, a commercial building built in 1984,7 and the Octagon, which was built in 1982;8 both located at the junction of Cecil Street and Boon Tat Street.9

The 26-storey high Octagon, a prominent landmark along the street, is a fully double-glazed, octagon-shaped office building, housing a banquet hall and three penthouse apartments at its top floor.10 Other notable commercial buildings on Boon Tat Street include The Globe, Tong Eng Building and the SGX Centre (Singapore Exchange).11

Lau Pa Sat, an eatery formerly called the Telok Ayer Market,12 is located at the end of Boon Tat street.13 The market was dismantled for Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) construction work during the 1980s. About 3,000 individual pieces were electronically tagged, and stored for restoration. Restoration was completed in 198914 and Lau Pa Sat was reopened on 7 February 1992.15 The presence of Lau Pa Sat and the neighbouring food vendors have made this street a popular food alley.16

Variant names
Chinese name: Ma-cho kiong pi (Hokkien), meaning “beside the ma-cho temple”, a reference to the Thian Hock Keng Temple17 near the start of the street.18



Authors
Naidu Ratnala Thulaja & Sharen Chua



References
1. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing Pte Ltd, p. 5. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
2. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, pp. 410, 453, 509. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
3. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 44. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Song, O. S. (1984). One hundred years' history of the Chinese in Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press, p. 99. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 SON-[HIS])
4. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, p. 44. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA]); Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore. Singapore: Who's Who Publications, p. 25. (Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN-[HIS]); Tan, B. C. (1976–1977). Street names in selected areas of Singapore: A study in historical geography. [Singapore], p. 31. (Call no.: RCLOS 959.57 TAN-[HIS])
5. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing Pte Ltd, [map 132D]. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD); National Parks Board. (2016). Your guide to pioneers trail in Ann Siang Hill Park and Telok Ayer Green. Retrieved 2016, September 26 from National Parks Board website: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/walks-and-tours/going-on-a-diy-walk  
6. Hooi, C. (1982). National monuments of Singapore. Singapore: National Museum, pp. 20–21. (Call no.: RSING 722.4095957 NAT)
7. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 447. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
8. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 431. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
9. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing Pte Ltd, [map 132D]. Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
10. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 431. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-TRA))
11. Mighty minds street directory. (2015). Singapore: Angel Publishing Pte Ltd, [map 132D]. (Call no.: RSING q912.5957 MMSD-[DIR])
12. Boon Tat St stalls return. (1992, February 28). The Straits Times, p. 25; Lee, L. (1986, February 17). Rejuvenating old market. The Business Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 410. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])
14. 168 years of Singapore history wrapped up in an octagonal structure. (1990, March 16). The Straits Times, p. 25. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
15. Standing room only as crowds throng re-opened Lau Pa Sat. (1992, February 8). The Straits Times, p. 19. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
16. Boon Tat St stalls return. (1992, February 28). The Straits Times, p. 25. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
17. Savage, V. R., & Yeoh, B. S. A. (2013). Singapore street names: A study of toponymics. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, pp. 17, 44. (Call no.: RSING 915.9570014 SAV-[TRA])
18. Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places. Singapore: Times Books International, p. 410. (Call no.: RSING 915.957 EDW-[TRA])



Further resources 
Ghosh, N. (1992, February 15). Market melangeThe Business Times, p. 24. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.

Temporary closure of Boon Tat St. (1991, December 15). The Straits Times, p. 28. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.



The information in this article is valid as at 26 September 2016 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
City planning--Singapore
Streets and Places
Street names--Singapore
Architecture and Landscape>>Streets and Places
National monuments
Arts>>Architecture>>Architectural structure
Arts>>Architecture>>Public and commercial buildings
Architecture and Landscape>>Building Types>> Monuments