The culturally-rich Joo Chiat and Katong areas are a gem to explore, and their highlights include these colourful shophouses which are bursting with character. 

Koon Seng Road is one of my favourite local hangouts, with unique Peranakan architecture that serves as a perfect backdrop as you pose for photos, or enjoy a cuppa at one of the nearby cafes.

The iconic pastel shophouses were constructed in the 1920s and have been conserved for their beautiful historical design, which like the Peranakans (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage), is a unique mix of Chinese and Malay influences. Step onto the five-foot way for a closer look at the intricate motifs and oriental flourishes.

 

This picture-perfect row of shophouses is a sight you can’t miss in Singapore. 

 

No two shophouses are the same; look closer to admire the subtle differences in architecture. 

 

The bright colours make the perfect backdrop for a photo. 

 

Many of these buildings are rumoured to still house their original line of occupants from the 20s!

 


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