Jinrikisha Station
Jinrikisha Station
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The area

Address
Neighborhood: Outram
How to get there
  • Telok Ayer • 7 min walk

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Merak, India519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
No need to go out of your to see this but if you are nearby have a look and read the plate outside. Nicely combine with a visit to the heritage center!
Written August 8, 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This interesting building constructed in 1903-1904 onhe corner of Tangong Pager and Chinatown.The rickshaws carted people to the neatby dock area; Ricksaws came in from Shanghai and were ultimately phased out for more modern and less arduous trsnsport/. Worth a look at the architecture.
Written April 3, 2019
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Jeanette M
Cairns, Australia470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a very easy attraction to find. If you're already in Chinatown, you're bound to try a specialty (Hainanese chicken!) in the Chinatown Food Centre... After your meal exit the Food Centre to the South (away from the CBD), cross Maxwell Rd, turn right and there you are at Neil Rd. That will take you about 2 minutes! Otherwise, if you're starting your visit to Chinatown with Jinrikisha Station, hop off at Maxwell MRT and cross the street. Anyway, this imposing, triangular, brick building is easy to spot.

When I was there, it was undergoing renovations, but usually there are cafes and bars and things. It's all very modern now. In fact Jackie Chan owns the building (in part, I think).

It would be easy to imagine that a place with a Japanese name might have something to do with the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, but rickshaws were a Japanese invention, hence the name... although next door in Malaysia, they're called kereta Hong Kong (HK cars). The rickshaws used in Singapore were imported from Japan (cheap and light weight) and Shanghai (more opulent, with rubber tyres).

This building was constructed in 1902 to meet a demand to register rickshaws and rickshaw pullers, and issue roadworthy certificates. Most Westerners would cringe at the thought of riding a rickshaw, but in the day they were a common form of transportation for everyone because they were cheap and fast. It was a brutal life for the rickshaw pullers, mostly new migrants from China, who earned very little and worked their bodies far too hard. In fact two-seaters were phased out in favour of single-seaters, to make the coolies' life just a little less brutal.

It's interesting to contemplate all this as you gaze at the facade & picture life in Singapore 100 years ago. Look up at the archways and you'll find the famous
JINRIKISHA STATION sign carved into the stone facade and painted black. Look even more closed and you'll see a 'duty rickshaw station' sign carved in Chinese (Che Wu Cha Guan) under the word STATION and the date of completion; 1903 under the word JINRIKISHA and up at the top of the front of the building.
Written July 25, 2018
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