|"Dragon" gables of the old Thong Chai Building, Eu Tong Seng Street. Picture taken September 2014.|
The Thong Chai gables belong to three main halls, built in the Southern Chinese architecture style. Constructed in 1892, the curvy gables were not characteristic of the style (so I read from the write-up in Wikipedia). But I like to think that they depict the serpentine body of the dragon (like the dragon kiln?). Just my guess and not based on any in-depth study of architecture and culture :)
The building's former address was 3, Wayang Street which had disappeared from present day Singapore Street Directory.