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Learn more about Chinatown's rich history by visiting our Heritage Markers. Installed at places of historical significance around Chinatown, each plaque provides a short history of the location in three languages - English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese.
Heritage Marker SB01 - Majestic Theatre
Eu Tong Sen Street
Heritage Marker SB02 - Great Southern Hotel
Eu Tong Sen Street
Heritage Marker SB03 - Lai Chun Yuen
Smith Street
Heritage Marker SB04 - Jinricksha Station
Neil Road
Heritage Marker SB06 - 37 Pagoda Street: A Former Coolie House
Pagoda Street
Heritage Marker SB07 - 34 Pagoda Street: A Former Opium Den
Pagoda Street
Heritage Marker SB08 - Red Lanterns & Private Chambers
Smith Street
Heritage Marker SB09 - Street of the Dead
Sago Lane
Heritage Marker SB10 - From Steam Trams to Trolleybuses
South Bridge Road
Heritage Marker SB12 - A Chinese Medicine Shop
Temple Street
Heritage Marker SB14 - Chung Hwa Free Clinic
Telok Ayer Street
Heritage Marker SB15 - Ning Yeung Wui Kuan
Ann Siang Road
Heritage Marker SB16 - Ying Fo Fui Kun
Telok Ayer Street
Heritage Marker SB17 - Al-Abrar Mosque
Amoy Street
Heritage Marker SB18 - Jamae Mosque
Pagoda Street
Heritage Marker SB19 - Nagore Durgha Mosque
Telok Ayer Street
Heritage Marker SB20 - Sri Mariamman Temple
Pagoda Street
Heritage Marker SB21 - Thian Hock Kheng Temple
Telok Ayer Street
Heritage Marker SB23 - Temple Street
Temple Street
Heritage Marker SB24 - Pagoda Street
Pagoda Street
Heritage Marker SB25 - Japanese Street
Trengganu Street
Heritage Marker SB26 - Mosque Street
Mosque Street
Heritage Marker SB27 - Fan Tsai Mei: Foreign Brothels & Gambling Dens
Sago Lane
Heritage Marker SB28 - Street of Milk Vendors
South Bridge Road
Heritage Marker SB29 - Coffin Street
Pickering Street
Heritage Marker SB30 - Tea Traders & Carriage Makers
Hokien Street
Heritage Marker SB31 - Squatters & Squalor
Nankin Street
Heritage Marker SB32 - Samsui Village
Chin Chew Street
Heritage Marker SB33 - Street by the Bay
Amoy Street
Heritage Marker SB34 - Amoy Settlers
Amoy Street
Heritage Marker SB35 - Clove & Nutmeg Plantations
Ann Siang Hill
Heritage Marker SB36 - Club Street
Club Street
Heritage Marker SB37 - Mount Erskine
Erskine Road
 
 
 
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Heritage Marker SB07 - 34 Pagoda Street: A Former Opium Den
Learn more about Chinatown's rich history by visiting our Heritage Markers. Installed at places of historical significance around Chinatown, each plaque provides a short history of the location in three languages - English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese.

Such opium dens were ubiquitous in 19th century Chinatown and were frequented by the rich and the poor alike. The rich smoked in exclusive private chambers, using personal pipes and lamps and high-grade opium, while the poor, who comprised the majority of smokers, used common pipes and smoked dregs.

Opium smoking was very much tolerated by the colonial authorities. In fact, there were government-run opium shops that offered different grades of opium over the counter. Retailers openly sold opium smoking paraphernalia: pipes, lamps and oil. All kinds of justification for opium smoking were cited. It could cure malaria, tuberculosis and venereal diseases. But only one effect of opium smoking was certain; it was highly addictive. A coolie's hard-earned wages were frittered away on opium, leaving him and his family back in China empty-handed. Opium was finally outlawed in 1946.
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