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Homage to history at Geylang River

Makeover features design elements that reflect area's heritage as a Malay settlement

Published on Jan 5, 2014 6:00 AM
The Geylang River is the latest of 23 projects to have been completed under the PUB's ABC Waters programme. The $37.8 million makeover included widening and deepening the stretch of river from Dunman Road to Guillemard Road. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

In a homage to its past as a Malay settlement in Geylang Serai, the Geylang River has been given a makeover to include four shelters which resemble kelongs, and a gazebo in the shape of a kampung hut.

It is the latest of 23 projects to have been completed under the PUB's Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters programme, which aims to spruce up water bodies here. But the Geylang River is the first to have designs included to reflect its heritage.

In the 1840s, the British moved villages of Orang Laut (sea people) and Malays living at the mouth of the Singapore River inland, resettling them in clusters of kampung villages on the banks of the Geylang River.

PUB director of catchment and waterways Tan Nguan Sen said: "While we enhance the waterway, we also preserved a part of our heritage by integrating nostalgic elements of Geylang."

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