Chinatown Complex

Chinatown Complex (formerly Kreta Ayer Complex) houses a market and one of the largest hawker centres in Singapore. It is located in Chinatown, the largest historic district in Singapore and a conservation area gazetted in 1989. The complex sits along Kreta Ayer Road, near the shopping areas of Smith, Temple and Trengganu streets. On 1 October 1983, the complex opened for business. It was built to rehouse roadside stalls run by travelling hawkers (or itinerant hawkers). Due to its location, it was first named Kreta Ayer Complex (牛车水大夏). Subsequently ...

Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association

The Singapore Chinese Physicians’ Association was founded in 1946 after World War II. Formerly known as the Singapore Chinese Medical Society, it is one of the largest traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) organisations in Singapore. ...

Old Johor kingdom

The fall of Melaka to the Portuguese in 1511 marked the beginning of the Johor kingdom. The last ruler of Melaka, Sultan Mahmud, fled and eventually settled on the island of Bintan. Sultan Mahmud was succeeded by his son, Sultan Alauddin ...

Housing and Urban Development Company

The Housing and Urban Development Company (HUDC) was set up in 1974 to provide housing for middle-income households in Singapore. At the time, middle-income families did not qualify for Housing and Development Board (HDB) units but ...

Tuberculosis in Singapore

Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is an infectious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium. It spreads from person to person via airborne respiratory droplets from an infected person, and primarily affects the ...

Radio broadcasting in Singapore (1946–65)

The postwar years ushered in the adoption of radio as a form of mass media and popular entertainment in Singapore. The establishment of Radio Malaya in 1946 and its successor Radio Singapore in 1959 expanded local infrastructure and ...

Radio broadcasting in Singapore (1924–46)

Radio broadcasting began in Singapore in 1924 through the initiatives of a small circle of amateur radio enthusiasts and hobbyists. It was developed further by commercial companies until it was nationalised by the colonial government ...

Sin Chew Jit Poh

Founded by “Tiger Balm King” Aw Boon Haw, the Chinese-language Sin Chew Jit Poh (星洲日报) newspaper was first issued on 15 January 1929. It was one of the leading Chinese dailies in Singapore until its merger with Nanyang Siang Pau (南洋商报) ...

Xing Ying (杏影)

Xing Ying (杏影) (b. 1911, China–d. 5 January 1967, Singapore), whose real name was Yang Fangjie (杨芳洁) and was also known as Yang Shoumo (杨守默), was a pioneer writer and editor of literary supplements. Besides “Xing Ying”, he also published ...

St John’s Island quarantine station

The influx of immigrants to Singapore in the 19th century brought various communicable diseases, such as smallpox, leprosy and cholera to the island. Health inspections and regulations became increasingly important in order to control ...

Suratman Markasan

Suratman Markasan (b. 29 December 1930, Singapore– ) is a prolific poet, novelist and respected literary pioneer in Singapore. His literary career spans from the early 1950s to the present. The numerous awards he has received include: ...