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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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Heritage Marker SB30 - Tea Traders & Carriage Makers
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Heritage Marker SB30 - Tea Traders & Carriage Makers
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.

Early Chinese immigrants tended to congregate in ethnic enclaves, of which Hokien and Upper Hokien Streets were two of such areas. These streets were home to Hokkien immigrants from the Anxi district of Fujian province, where tea cultivation was a major activity. Bringing their trade with them, many Anxi Hokkien immigrants became tea merchants in Singapore.

Besides the tea trade, another industry that flourished on Hokien and Upper Hokien Streets was carriage making. In the very early days of the settlement, c.1819-1880, horse carriages were the order of the day. Used mostly by the British community, horse carriages could be seen making their rounds along the Esplanade and the Padang every evening. These are places where most of the British built their bungalows. But for the local residents of Hokien and Upper Hokien Streets, building horse carriages were simply a way to earn a living. These streets later became famous for cheap hawker food.

In the pre-war years, Upper Hokien Street acquired a less savoury reputation. Exclusive brothels operated here were patronized by a wealthy and ostentatious clientele. These, however, were shut down by the 1950s.
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