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Social media gives Singapore's traditional trades new lease of life - online

Published on Feb 17, 2013 4:30 AM
Mr Ang Lu Heng is a 73-year-old provision shop owner who has been working at the same store in Rosyth Road for over 50 years. He is the subject of the March 1 episode of the first season of Heritage In Episodes, a series of short documentaries that showcase Singapore's traditional trades and businesses. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN

In some cases, it was Last Chance to See... Old Singapore.

That is what happened in the course of the National Heritage Board's (NHB) latest project, a social media blitz that includes apps, e-books and documentaries for the public to access. This online push started last year, and more projects will be launched throughout this year.

The board's director for heritage institutions, Alvin Tan, 40, spent many weekends over the past two years driving around Singapore, hunting down traditional businesses and tradesmen, some of whom have no specific address.

Sometimes he would find a place and get it documented, only to later find it was gone. Mr Tan says: "That was quite sad and quite disheartening for us but it also strengthened our resolve to quickly document as many of them as we can."

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