Walking distance from two MRT stations (Tanjong Pagar and Outram Park), this two-storey shop house with an all-white façade is conveniently located and is very nearby the CBD area. The neighbourhood, once infamous for its strip of karaoke lounges and pubs, is within the Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area. A row of beautifully-restored colonial shop houses in Duxton is home to hipster cafes and fancy restaurants, cycling and yoga studios, interior design and architectural offices, boutique hotel and furniture show rooms, and other specialty shops which definitely make the scene more vibrant day and night.
As interesting as it is now today, its history is equally compelling. Back in the day, Duxton Road was popularly known by the Cantonese as “Jinrickshaw Place” (or Kampong Ah Lai) because of the many rickshaw pullers who mostly came from Hui Ann county in China. Illegal drug and gambling dens used to flourish in Duxton Road which contributed to the notoriety of the area as a slum and vice-ridden hood. Because of the strong clan ties, the groups created their own territory and fought whenever or whoever threatens it. Such fights made Duxton Hill and Duxton Road a dreaded area of ill repute and criminal elements back then.
Duxton Road is also known to the Hokkiens as gu chia chui kia, meaning “at the side of Kreta Ayer”, referring to Craig Road. Colloquially, people also call it as kampong kia nai in Hokkien, meaning “within a small village” probably referring to the former slum dwellings of the rickshaw pullers.
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*Floor area from Architectural Plan with Statistical GFA.