Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Railway temples

A shrine marks the spot where the Sri Muneswara Temple used to be at Kg Bahru.
THE Sri Muneswara Temple at Kampong Bahru was at least 60 years old when it was demolished in 2011. Apparently it had moved several places in the vicinity (former KTM land) before it got to where it used to be at Blair Road. And now, it has moved to 871, Upper Bukit Timah Road -- again, near the Railway Corridor. They have a Facebook! Their timeline started in 2012.

Built by Indian railway workers, it was registered with the Malaysian authorities. There was similar temple along the railway line, near Portsdown Road -- photographed and mentioned by Joseph Nair in his article in Going Places, a publication by URA. I am not sure it is still there. Possibly not.

Then there's the grand temple that's quite well known at Commonwealth Drive. It too, has its origins as a small hut and shrine at Queensway, erected in 1932, also by railway workers. Due to Queensway's widening, it became the grand building (pillarless) that it is today, in 1998. It's believed to be Southeast Asia's largest shrine for Sri Muneswara.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Circle of change

Previously part of  KTM --  now state land -- and soon part of a car park and bus interchange. Picture taken from Blair Road,  7 May 2016.
Now that this plot of land at Blair Road and Kg Bahru Road is going to become a car park and bus interchange, perhaps I will soon know whether this round thing I see was once a fountain? It looks a lot like one to me. But what was a fountain doing there? Currently, this piece of land is really green and lush -- befitting a park (Spottiswoode Park) or a plain (Blair Plain). Oh well, all part of the cycle of change.

Postnote: The "mysterious" circle was actually some sort of structure and mechanism probably for refuelling. See Streetsing's post. It could also be used for reversing the engine -- suggested Walter who took the picture below in 2011.

Picture taken by Walter in 2011.
And the shrine at the tree guarding the entrance to the land, marked where the Sri Muneswara Temple used to be before it was torn down in 2011. See Walter's blog. You can also see the remaining structure of the temple in the picture above as it was being demolished.

Today -- the Sri Muneswara shrine at the entrance to the land from Blair Road.
Land will be cleared for a car park and bus interchange, according to a Straits Times report today (23 May). Picture taken 7 May 2016.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Everton spirals

The orange unit gets a facelift -- but still sports a spiral staircase. Pic taken 7 May 2016.

Here's another one that is next to Asia Gardens. Pic: 7 May 2016. 

Everton has really charming shophouses. But those spiral staircases which I like so much are well hidden in their back courtyards -- or perhaps not around anymore -- I can't tell unless I peer into their covered-up backyards. Anyway, I managed to find two "exposed" ones.

I must say that Everton has some of the most interesting shophouses in Singapore and I will be posting pictures of those in my other blog on shophouses. (I know many pictures of these famous shophouses have been posted already... but I am slow on the uptake, as usual.)

Just a little trivial: Besides their beautiful wall murals, there's a unit at Everton Road that was much talked about -- maybe for the wrong reason -- associated with a coroner inquiry in 2013.