"Little India: Tekka Centre" Serangoon Things to Do Tip by victorwkf

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  Tekka Centre at Serangoon area, Singapore
by victorwkf

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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