Walking street: Telok Ayer Street

One of Singapore's oldest thoroughfares

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What we say: 4 stars

Stretching from Maxwell Road almost all the way to Raffles Place, Telok Ayer is one of Singapore's oldest thoroughfares and the backbone of Chinatown.

The street's name means "bay water" and it was the arrival point for Chinese immigrants in the 1800s, though due to land reclamation there's no longer any sight of the river.

The traditional shophouse architecture may be the reason for Telok Ayer's conservation status, but the street's main attraction is Thian Hock Keng Temple, a shrine to the sea goddess built in 1821 by grateful new arrivals and Singapore's oldest Hokkien Chinese temple.

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Last updated: 1st October, 2011

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