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Coronation Shopping Plaza: Bukit Timah's royal, genteel 'kampung'

Coronation Shopping Plaza may be ageing, but that's its appeal for regulars

Published on Apr 25, 2014 8:08 AM

Standing amid a prime Bukit Timah neighbourhood dotted with landed houses and prestigious schools, Coronation Shopping Plaza is hardly what one might call a kampung, or village in Malay.

But that is exactly how some describe the 35-year-old mall, where shop owners and their regular customers have struck up royally long friendships and are on a first-name basis.

"It is a nostalgic neighbourhood centre," said Mr Alan Chong, 59, who opened Alan Optics there in 1986.

"People say, 'Your place is not luxurious, not high class, but I love to come here.'

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It is a mystical feeling, like you are going back to the 1970s, and you can relax.

- Mr Leong Swee Meng, 67-year-old owner of

My Cosy Corner, which has been selling local and Japanese dishes for the past 16 years, on the appeal of Coronation Shopping Plaza

I am not into the bling bling on Orchard Road. You don't have to care about what you wear when you come here.

- Bukit Timah resident Frederic Joubert, a 42-year-old regional sales manager from France who likes the mall's "old-fashioned" nature