Walking street: Telok Ayer Street
One of Singapore's oldest thoroughfares
What we say:
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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