This 1985 photograph shows the former Lai Chun Yuen opera house, at the junction of Smith Street and Trengganu Street. Built in 1887, the three-storey building was originally designed in the style of a Chinese teahouse. The building shows signs of wear and tear with a patched roof and discoloured walls, and is now occupied by residents and shops. Pedestrians, a cyclist and vehicles form part of the street scene near the former opera house. High-rise commercial buildings like Hong Leong Building, City House and Shenton House are also seen in the background. Title devised by Library staff.
From the Lee Kip Lin Collection. All rights reserved. Lee Kip Lin and National Library Board, Singapore 2009.