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I read about your work in the Straits Times today and feel very grateful that you had started this very worthy project. I wish you strength and perserverence to continue with the good work so people like us can start to understand where we and our ancestors come from. thank you.
hi, read about you in the ST. would like to complement you on your efforts. Thanks!
hi, i saw the url of the website in the papers today
and have decided to drop in to take a look.
i am perhaps what some may consider as an english-speaking
young singaporean, whose knowledge of chinese culture is almost close to zero. but i am really heartened that someone has the civic consciousness to start a project like this and reach out to singaporeans with little inkling about culture, save those given through mass media and globalization.
kudos to your team
and i wish u all the best!
will definitely be visiting this site more often.
Hi Kent, if you don’t mind, I guess we are keen to join in and help you in search and preserving the heritage buildings here in Singapore….We need to preserve our roots…
Thank you all for your kind words. I am at the moment still trying to figure out if there are any old Chinese architecture in Singapore that I have missed out. If you or your friends know of any old beautiful Chinese temple or house, please let me know. Cheers!
Hi, do go down to Wei Zhen Temple when free. It will be demolish by 15th Aug,according to the caretaker. Thanks.
I read the newspaper last friday and chance upon you and this link. Decide to drop by and take a look. Have not finished clicking all the sublinks. But one thing I would one to say is this blog is beautifully well done. You could proably publish a book on this or submit a thesis of this topic for publication. I also want to complement your effort to start something like this. Your passsionated effort to preserve such chinese heritage in such circumstance in time, touched me to heart. If I would the President, I would not hesitate to bestow you,an ordiary person with great forsight, the Cultural Medallion. Serioully!
By the way u could uploaded more pic, espcially coloured one. Also, as feedback, I think some of the pic could not be displayed, please check. Also, some of the text are too small or does not contrast well with the background;like those response and comment. quite stranining to the eye. no offence mean
Also i would like to help out in your effort to preserve such heritage. I dont know how you define what is old temple and so on, but i think probably quite many you missed out. I lived in the south-west district and am quite familar with these temples over here. When I am free I might send u more details. So in the mean time watch out for my presence in such stuff.
and all the best to you..and don give up
I read about you in the ST last week and would like to congratulate you on your efforts. You are doing a great job documenting the temples and other Chinese architecture. I do hope more of these structures could be preserved – otherwise we will end up looking like any metropolis in the world that is devoid of culture.
Hi Zhenpng & Than,
Thx for all your kind words. Actually, I enjoy doing field work, visiting beautiful buildings that I would otherwise not thought have existed. When you do something you really feel for, it will not feel like an obligation or a duty, a very sound advice given to me by a professor in Adelaide.
A city must have a soul, without some remnants of the past, we become amnesiac, constantly looking for things to satisfy our immediate needs, forgetting that our grandfather’s fathers did have a vision for us when they built these buildings.
I urge all readers here to appreciate and understand the lessons that surround all these old buildings, regardless of the ethnic group they belong to. Many of the buildings have really sad past. I feel even sadder when they have been totally forgotten and ignored by descendants who cared nothing else but the profits that can be made by selling these inherited properties.
To many, the past is irrelevant. To me, the past is something that I enjoy and will be so for many years to come.
The black and white photos I’ve put here is meant for nostalgia. As for the thumbnail images, you will need to have a proper setting in your comp as they could be blocked by your cookie controller. The number of images will increase if I had more volunteer photographers. I want more people to participate in the fortnightly fieldwork. Not unlike a visit to Chek Jawa, visiting old buildings will link you to another space that is beyond your everyday humdrum.
Kent, I saw a chinese temple at the of Sims Drive. It was quite old and I wasn’t sure of it’s orgin. Could it be the Mun Sun Fook Tuck Chee temple at Sims Drive (previously Lorong 17)?
Hong San See:
This temple was originally built in honour of the Chinese God of Fortune. Building materials and statues of deities were imported from China when this monument was rebuilt in its present location within the River Valley District. Year of construction was dated back to 1913, according to the folks at the temple.
It was gazetted as a national monument on 29 November 1974.
In 1876 through the efforts of Tan Kim Ching (eldest son of Tan Tock Seng) and Tan Beng Swee, the institution know as Po Check Kiong was built in Magazine Road near Kampong Malacca (opposite the Ministry of Labour building) and on the bank of the Singapore River – one of the busiest commercial areas of early Singapore.
Po Check Kiong served as the assembly Hall and Temple of the Tan clan. One part of the building is still used as a repository of ancestral tablets. Another section was once used as a Chinese School. There is a large reception room.
All the wooden carvings and granite dragon pillars were imported from China and the architecture classical Southern Chinese. Singapore’s Chinese Temples were largely designed in this tradition.
In the Temple are relics donated to the Temple and these include a bell and a drum; in an annex is a unique miniature marble pagoda – another special feature of this Temple. The Boddhisatva, Kuan Yin, is also installed in this Temple.
Tan Si Chong Su:
Tan Kim Tian and Tang Hong Keat were the first President and the Vice President respectively of this ancient institution which still stands today.
Tan Siew Sin, a member of the Tan Clan, and Federal Minister of Finance when Singapore was part of Malaysia, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the renovation of the Temple in 1964. It’s located along 15 Magazine Road, built around 1878
hi , tremendous job ur doing !
am an architect from mauritius
i have been working on chinese architectural heritage in mauritius
wd like to share views with you
Hi pat, thks for your compliments. You can join Taoism-Singapore Yahoo group where everyone talks about Chinese heritage there. You will enjoy discussions from architecture to vanishing traditional folk customs/beliefs.
I have a Canon 30D and want to be a Volunteer photographers.
I read about your project on Lianhe Zaobao today, it’s indeed a meaningful project!
I would like to join you as a volunteer photographer, as I myself also very keen to preserve chinese culture and traditional activities. I just held a photo exhibition namely “Our Cultural Heritage” at National Library on 1 – 7 Dec 2006, the exhibition featured chinese festival and culture, it’s in conjunction with Nanyang Neo Clan’s 75th anniversary. Please feel free to contact me.
I also read about your project in LHYB today, very insipiring.
I can be your volunteer photographer. However, I never own any digital camera, I am only a weekend conventional film photographer. I do 35mm film and 6×6cm medium and 4×5′ large format view camera photography, B&W and slides. I own an epson scanner for highest digital resolution, the process is slow, but I am enjoying it. So if u don’t mind using heritage cameras to shot heritage architectures, I would be glad to be part of your project.
Oopps.. my website address should be
Dear Donald, Nickson & Seow Lim
Thank you for your support, I really needed photographers to help archive many of these crumbling buildings. I will be going to Penang this X’mas holiday to meetup a temple conservationist there, will visit a Unesco award Teochew Association building. You guys can join me if you want, I will be there for a week. Let’s start our project in January 2007! My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations on your website. It must be interesting but half the fun of reading “About” and comments is gone as it is very difficult to read the comments with grey lettering on black background? And the fonts as so small. Even with Text set at Largest, it is almost impossible to read.
I’ve changed the look of the website following your comments, hope its ‘bigger & brighter’ now
I’m glad such a website was setup. Years ago, we were able to retrieve old temples photos from the NHB website but the little articles here add another dimenson to the photos. Back in my army days, I trekked past many old Chinese rural temples and is always drawn into the imagery of past rural spiritual lives of our Chinese ancestors here. I remember one near NTU with a huge courtyard and many in Tekong. Not sure what happen to them but one that definitely kanna demolished is the temple (which gives the name Temple Hill to he hill it was on) just outside old SAFTI. Will be great if we can preserve some memories of thse rural Chinese temples.
I chanced upon this site while looking up other stuffs.
It’s so nice to know that there are some of us who are proud of our Chinese heritage and culture.
I wish I had a camera earlier so I could have taken photos of the beautiful, old buildings and other things while in Singapore.
Now, I’m glad that there are others in Singapore who shared your interests to preserve our Chinese cultures and heritage.
I will come to this site whenever I can to check out what’s happening.
Keep up the good work.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your loved ones.
May i know is there any temple visit in the near future that i and my friends could join you? Thanks.