Tekka Market - Then and Now
|Former Kandang Kerbau Market in 1969|
The archived photos are posted on this blog to share for educational purposes. With acknowledgement and thanks to contributors at National Archives of Singapore.
Near Tekka Market, the roadside stalls were popular before the licensed stall-holders were moved into the completed Tekka Market for the convenience, road safety and hygienic environment for the public.
As a wet market, food centre and shopping mall under one roof, Tekka Centre is a place where several ethnic communities converge to create a multicultural shopping fiesta. Established in 1915, Tekka Centre moved to its current location in 1982 and is a landmark in Little India.
Today, Tekka Center remains a landmark in Little India, where different ethnic communities congregate. There are Chinese stallholders who speak Tamil, and vice versa. Shops sell traditional Indian costumes and inexpensive casual clothes.
On the ground floor is a hawker centre with stalls which sell Indian vegetarian meals, served on banana leaves or on stainless steel platters, besides Chinese vegetarian, North Indian and Malay food.
At the wet market which is on the same level, stalls sell fresh seafood, especially crabs from Sri Lanka, and vegetables. There are also many Chinese stalls selling vegetables that are specially flown in from India.
Tekka Market - Then
|The entrance to Tekka Market at Serangoon Road|
|The entrance to Tekka Market at Race Course Road|
|Block 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore|
|Fresh standard-sized bigger tomatoes and cherry tomatoes|
The Shops on Level 2, Tekka Centre
|Close-up of a heavy-duty "Brother" sewing machine used in the tailor shop|
Little India is one of the "must-see" tourist attractions in multi-culture, multi-racial and multi-lingual Singapore. It is one of the few unique places in the world where foreign travellers could learn about the peoples' lifestyles, taste various types of food and flavor, unforgettable on every trip to Singapore.
In my childhood memories of Bukit Ho Swee kampong, I reminisce a few scenes of the wet market in the video clip here .
The National Heritage Board's Community Heritage Series II: Wet Markets for more information to share the blog topic.
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