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Amoy Street
Ann Siang Hill
Ann Siang Road
Anson Road
Banda Street
Boon Tat Street
Bukit Pasoh Road
Cantonment Road
Chin Chew Street
Chin Swee Road
Chinatown Food Street
Club Street
Craig Road
Cross Street
Duxton Hill
Duxton Road
Erskine Road
Eu Tong Sen Street
Gemmill Lane
Hokien Street
Jiak Chuan Road
Kadayanallur Street
Keong Saik Road
Kreta Ayer Road
Maxwell Road
McCallum Street
Mosque Street
Murray Street
Nankin Street
Neil Road
New Bridge Road
New Market Road
North Bridge Road
North Canal Road
Pagoda Street
Park Road
Pickering Street
Sago Lane
Sago Street
Smith Street
South Bridge Road
Stanley Street
Tanjong Pagar Road
Teck Lim Road
Telok Ayer Street
Temple Street
Teo Hong Road
Tras Street
Trengganu Street
Upper Cross Street
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Er Woo Amateur Musical and Dramatic Association
19AB Smith Street, Singapore 058933
Heritage Marker SB03 - Lai Chun Yuen
Smith Street
Heritage Marker SB08 - Red Lanterns & Private Chambers
Smith Street
Ping Sheh Beijing Opera Association
11A Smith Street, Singapore 058925
t: +65-6449-4524       f: +65-6227-1787      
Singapore Association of Writers
13B Smith Street, Singapore 058927
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Heritage Marker SB08 - Red Lanterns & Private Chambers
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.

At the turn of the 20th century, Smith Street was lined with brothels. With the number of male immigrants far exceeding that of female immigrants, prostitutes in colonial Singapore did a roaring trade. The three- and four-storey shophouses on Smith Street were packed with prostitutes. Most of Smith Street's brothels were Chinese, but two were Japanese. No.65 was said to be the most notorious.

Life as a prostitute was horrendous. Once in a brothel, the girls were often subjected to beatings, and received little or no medical attention. Riddled with diseases, these pitiful women were often also victims of murder. The brothel keeper of no.65, for instance, Loh Sai Soh, was stabbed in the chest when she attempted to stop a customer from leaving without paying. Some took their own lives, seeing no other escape from their living hell. While some threw themselves off buildings, others preferred a more subtle method - an opium overdose.
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