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Tekka Centre at Serangoon area, Singapore - Serangoon

Tekka Centre at Serangoon area, Singapore

Little India: Tekka Centre

Tekka Centre is a multi-use building complex located at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road. It consists of a wet market, food centre and shops.

In Hokkien, this market was known as Tek Kia Kha, meaning "foot of the small bamboos", as bamboo plants once grew on the banks of the Rochor Canal. The original market was built in 1915, and was located across the street between Hastings Road and Sungei Road. When it was torn down in 1982 and relocated at its present site, the new multi-use complex was named Zhujiao Centre, the Chinese pinyin version of Tek Kia. However, to locals, especially non-Chinese, the new word Zhujiao was both hard to read and pronounce. Eventually, the complex was officially renamed Tekka Centre in 2000 as it better reflected the history of the place.

Tekka Cente is a landmark in Little India, where different ethnic communities congregate. Some of the more notable shops include those selling Taoist and Buddhist paraphernalia, hardware shops, and tailors who can alter clothes in minutes. Interior of Tekka Market sell food and goods respectively. At the wet market, stalls sell seafood, especially crabs from Sri Lanka, and vegetables. There are also many Chinese stalls selling vegetables that are specially flown in from India.

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  • Written Aug 19, 2009
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Little India along Serangoon Raod, Singapore - Serangoon

Little India along Serangoon Raod, Singapore

Little India: Introduction

Little India is the main attraction of the Serangoon area. This area stretches from the intersection between Serangoon Road and Bukit Timah Road (where the Tekka Centre is located) all the way north to the intersection between Serangoon Road and Kitchener Road (where the Mustafa shopping centre and City Square mall are located).

Little India is essentally an ethnic Indian neighbourhood found in Singapore. Historically when Singapore began it's history in the 1800s, the Chulia Kampong area was originally the area in Singapore where Indian immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation. However, as Chulia Kampong became more crowded and competition for land escalated, many ethnic Indians moved into what is now known as Little India along Serangoon Road.

A visit to Little India is a must, especially near to the Deepavali (the Indian new year) where the streets and fulled with people and the festive mood. There are many attractions in Little India, which I will introduce to you one by one in the next few tips on Little India.

Directions: You can reach the Little India area by taking the MRT sub-way (north-east line), and alight at either Little India station or Farrer Park station.

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  • Written Aug 18, 2009
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