Magazine Road



Magazine Road connects Havelock Road and Merchant Road. The road probably got its name due to its association with the old ammunition storage ground of Havelock Road.

Description
Magazine Road was a busy commercial area in early Singapore due its proximity to the Singapore river. It was part of Kampong Melaka in early Singapore. The buildings on the road today reflect the architectural influences of the Arabs, the Peranakans, the Malays and the Indonesian immigrants.

The Omar Kampong Malacca mosque
was built on this road in 1820 and rebuilt in 1885. It was restored in 1982. Po Chek Kiong or Tan Si Chong Su temple that the Tan clan association built in 1876, served as an assembly hall and a Chinese school for the Tans. Gazetted as a national monument in 1974, the temple was renovated in the 1990s. The temple is still used to store ancestral tablets. The other significant building on this relatively short street is the Central Mall. The mall is popular for its clubs such as the Sultan of Swing. Another highlight of the mall is the Central Market, a flea market that comes alive here on weekends.

Variant Names
Chinese name: Tan Seng Ong Koi (Hokkein), Chhan-Sheng-Wong Kai (Cantonese) both of which mean "Tan Seng Ong Street", a reference to the Tan clan temple on the street.



Author
Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References
Dunlop, P. K. G. (2000). Street names of Singapore (p. 201). Singapore: Who's Who Pblications.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 DUN)

Edwards, N., & Keys, P. (1988). Singapore: A guide to buildings, streets, places (pp. 408-409). Singapore: Times Books International.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 EDW)

Lee, E. (1990). Historic buildings of Singapore (p. 59). Singapore: Preservation of Monuments Board.
(Call no.: RSING 720.95957 LEE)

Samuel, D. S. (1991). Singapore's heritage: Through places of historical interest (pp. 72-73). Singapore: Elixir Consultancy Service.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 SAM)

Firmstone, H. W. (1905, January). Chinese names of streets and places in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 4, 106-107.
(Call no.: RSING 959.5 FIR-[IC])

Gwee, E. (2000, January 7). Flea to Central Mall for bargains on weekends. The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4.

Sit, Y. F. (1994, April 23). $2m makeover for Tan clan temple. The Straits Times, Life!, p. 8.
 



The information in this article is valid as at 2003 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>>Building Types>>Monuments
Streets and Places
Architecture and Landscape>>Streets and Places
National monuments
Singapore--History
Street names--Singapore
Historic buildings--Singapore
Arts>>Architecture>>Public and commercial buildings

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