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“An early attempt to resolve the housing crisis in Singapore”
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Tiong Bahru Estate
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Tiong Bahru Public Housing Estate in Singapore
Ranked #155 of 805 things to do in Singapore
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Wrexham, UK
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“An early attempt to resolve the housing crisis in Singapore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

Watch out for the Heritage Trail notices as you go round the estate, they do give lots of information.
Building started in the 1930s and resumed after the war in a very similar style, however later buildings can be identified by green space around them.
For the Chinese, living conditions were dreadful until the 1960s, this was an early attempt to provide more acceptable homes. It paved the way for many later developments.
Use the Market (modernised and converted to Art Deco style in 2004) as a central point, enjoy the great food and drinks there while you spend time exploring the area. Alternatively there are a range of upmarket bars and restaurants.
To get there take the MRT to Tiong Bahru and it’s a few minutes walk. By bus go to Blk 55 on Tiong Bahru Rd, which was the first block to be built on the estate.
Not a top attraction, but of real interest to those spending more time in Singapore.

Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Step back in time....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

Really enjoyed a gentle stroll round this place... interesting Heritage Trail signage which helps you appreciate the sculpture (is it a swan, is it a girl?), some really cool architecture and trendy eateries .... had some good Soon Kuey at the Hawker Centre - large colourful market - beautifully fresh fish .... if only I lived closer by.....

Visited February 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Old World Charm”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

This place still maintains it's old world charm but with more and more restaurants, it's getting more crowded and expensive.

Try the hawker stalls at the main building which is rather hidden. The food stalls are on level two and not visible from the street level.

Food at the hawker centre is cheap and good. Follow the queue! Look out for stalls with long queues... It's a sign that the food is best!!
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Laid back vibe, vibrant markets and hip eateries”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

This used to a sleepy, rather quiet area of Singapore with one notable element - good food. And although the area has become gentrified to a certain degree, it is still home to a fantastic wet market and food court (above the market), as well as new and hip eateries like Flock, PS Cafe and 40 Hands.

Do take the time to wander around the neighbouring side streets where you can also see locals supping at famous chi char stall Golden Spoon, the nearby bak kut teh (pork bone soup) and the curry rice stall. There are also a couple of well-stocked fish shops (for aquarium fish).

You can also take the Tiong Bahru heritage walk around the estate. For more details, visit littledayout.com and look up The Tiong Bahru Trail.

Visited February 2014
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“Local delicacies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Head for the Tiong bahru market, ( 30 seng poh road, Singapore 168898) which is a 10 min walk from Tiong Bahru MRT exit A . Turn right and walk along tiong bahru road until you see seng poh road on your right.Best to ask for directions from passers by as it's hard to navigate for first timers. Visit the food centre for lunch or dinner. Plenty of local snacks, food items to try.

Along the way, observe the HDB housing flats, the way of life of the locals.You are already in the middle of a typical housing estate in Singapore!

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