the story of chinatown

The Story of Chinatown 牛车水的故事

By Wong Sow Kuen



Since the founding of modern Singapore 200 years ago, Chinatown has occupied a significant role in the country’s cultural development. The district was identified as a key area for development within the Raffles Town Plan and is steeped in rich history and heritage. Nowadays touted as a popular tourist destination, Chinatown also carries the stories of sentiments of early Chinese immigrants. Why is it called niu che shui (“ox” “car” “water”)? Why is it of such importance to Singapore? What are the changes that have taken place in the past few decades? What has been preserved and what has been lost?

In this talk, Wong Sow Kuen, who has lived in Chinatown for more than 50 years and witnessed its many changes, will draw on her first-hand experiences and take audiences on a journey to uncover the lesser-known stories and secrets of Chinatown.

Conducted in Mandarin.



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