Thursday, 27 March 2014

Land of spiral staircases, balustrades... and one well

The spiral twins at Bt Pasoh Road.
How did Bukit Pasoh get its name? The place got its name from the Malay word "pasoh" meaning flower pots or earthenware for storing water. The area used to make such pots. The hill (bukit) was owned by several people, the last being an opium farmer, Tan Keng Hoon, who died in 1877.
A slightly more modern spiral staircase. Bukit Pasoh.

I WAS really searching for the last well in Chinatown (known as "niu che shui" in the old days -- Chinese for "bullock cart water" -- when water was fetched from many wells on its hills by carts). But I discovered so many other favourite things instead, like spiral staircases and balustrades. The irony was, I couldn't find the well despite walking up and down the heritage trail of Ann Siang Hill Park several times. Googled later and found that it is actually near the entrance to the trail from Amoy Street. Well, well, well... Next time!

Spiral staircase at the back of the row of shophouses at New Bridge Road.
These spiral staircases are at the back of the row of shophouses in Amoy Street.
Aircons and old spiral staircases -- a comfortable anachrony in modern day Chinatown. 
Study in contrast between spiral and square.
The Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club at Club Street has charming balustrades on its roof top. Founded by a wealthy Peranakan in 1891. It has changed quite a bit since its old days -- see PictureSG.
Club Street.

Club Street. 
House with balustrades at the corner of Amoy Street.

And lastly, I would like to leave you with this beautiful building with balustrades on its roof top, the Beijing Tong Ren Tang at South Bridge Road.  

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