Feb 16, 2010

Duxton Hill, Singapore

This little collection of shop-houses are adjacent to the Chinatown. Even though the shop-house facade may look narrow and small, each unit can stretch a long way back creating long narrow spaces.
Opium and gambling dens, as well as cheap brothels, used to flourish on Duxton Road, and one writer describes it as a slum area and a notoriously vice-ridden environment. These places were patronised by the rickshaw coolies who lived in Duxton Road and Duxton Hill. Despite the notoriety of the street, many wealthy Straits Chinese families built and occupied lofty and exquisitely designed residences and shophouses on Duxton Hill.

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