Telok Ayer Street, loosely translated as the Water Bay, once faced the original seafront and has served as the landing site for early immigrants before the reclamation of the Telok Ayer Bay in late 19th Century. It was a designated Chinese district that resulted in a concentration of Chinese clan associations in the area, including one of the oldest school in Singapore, Gan Eng Seng.

Not forgetting the fact that this is where many set up altars and worship houses to give thanks to their gods for the safe journey upon arrival in Singapore, these religious buildings have been gazetted as national monuments around 1974 and you will be able to see them along the street to date, together with the conserved pre-war shophouses.

While some of the religious buildings still serve their original purpose as a place of worship for the various religious groups, you will find some of them converted into museums. For example, the Nagore Dargah Shrine which now serves as an Indian Muslim Heritage Centre or the Hokkien Huay Kuan that has expanded and moved from their original location within Thian Hock Keng Temple to their own building directly across the temple.

Since then, Telok Ayer Street, considerably the oldest part of Chinatown, is bustling with both locals and tourists every day and even more so with the newly constructed and opened Telok Ayer MRT station just next to the street itself.

It is the place where you can explore the street and area lined with monuments and shophouses to get insights of Singapore’s history and also, a great hunt for lunch or hangouts places like Japanese charcoal BBQ joint Yakiniku Hokkaido located at 122 Telok Ayer Street, which is opposite the train station.

Alternatively, you can find yourself a one-stop grooming centre for the gentlemen (and possibly ladies too) just next door at 120 Telok Ayer Street with warm, welcoming and friendly dentists at Dental Designs on the ground floor, a shoemaker Ed Et Al and barber shop Big Bad Wolf on the upper floors.

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120 Telok Ayer Street
Floor Unit Area SQ M Area SQ FT Status
Ground Floor Clinic 103.3 1111.9 Tenanted
2nd Floor Shop 104.4 1123.8 Tenanted
3rd Floor Shop 104.4 1123.8 Tenanted
Attic Shop 26.8 288.5 Tenanted

*Floor plan available upon request.

122 Telok Ayer Street
Floor Unit Area SQ M Area SQ FT Status
Ground Floor Restaurant 96 1033.3 Tenanted
2nd Floor Office 95.6 1029 Tenanted
3rd Floor Office 95.4 1026.9 Tenanted
Attic Office 16.3 175.5 Tenanted

*Floor area from Architectural Plan with Statistical GFA. Floor plan available upon request.