Revisiting Toa Payoh's iconic dragon playground

The dragon playground in front of Block 570/571 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. It was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, former Housing Board playground designer of Housing Board, and is estimated to have completed in 1978. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE
The dragon playground in front of Block 570/571 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. It was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, former Housing Board playground designer of Housing Board, and is estimated to have completed in 1978. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE
The dragon playground in front of Block 240 Toa Payoh Lorong 1. It was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, former Housing Board playground designer of Housing Board, and is estimated to have completed in 1985. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE
The dragon playground in front of Block 240 Toa Payoh Lorong 1. It was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, former Housing Board playground designer of Housing Board, and is estimated to have completed in 1985. -- PHOTO: MY PAPER FILE
A dragon playground in front of Block 28 Toa Payoh Lorong 6. It was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee. The playground, which has been there since 1979, remains one of the most iconic playgrounds in Singapore. -- PHOTO: HDB
A dragon playground in front of Block 28 Toa Payoh Lorong 6. It was designed by Mr Khor Ean Ghee. The playground, which has been there since 1979, remains one of the most iconic playgrounds in Singapore. -- PHOTO: HDB
Private tutor Gene Tan's Lego brick creations include a miniature of the iconic dragon playground in Toa Payoh Lorong 6. -- PHOTO: GENE TAN
Private tutor Gene Tan's Lego brick creations include a miniature of the iconic dragon playground in Toa Payoh Lorong 6. -- PHOTO: GENE TAN
Mr Khor Ean Ghee, the designer of the distinct dragon playground in Toa Payoh Lorong 6. -- ST PHOTO: CHERYL FAITH WEE
Mr Khor Ean Ghee, the designer of the distinct dragon playground in Toa Payoh Lorong 6. -- ST PHOTO: CHERYL FAITH WEE
A watercolour drawing of a dragon playground by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, a former HDB interior designer who designed the playground. -- PHOTO: KHOR EAN GHEE
A watercolour drawing of a dragon playground by Mr Khor Ean Ghee, a former HDB interior designer who designed the playground. -- PHOTO: KHOR EAN GHEE
An inflatable version of the beloved dragon playground is one of the attractions at the latest Children's Season programme at the National Museum. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
An inflatable version of the beloved dragon playground is one of the attractions at the latest Children's Season programme at the National Museum. -- PHOTO: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE

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The dragon playground is a Singapore icon and an inflatable version of the beloved landmark is one of the attractions at the latest Children's Season programme at the National Museum.

We revisit the playground, located at Toa Payoh Lorong 6, in pictures and tell you six things about it.

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Mr Khor Ean Ghee, now 79, designed the iconic playground when he was an interior designer with the Housing Board from 1969 to 1984. He also designed other familiar landmarks such as the pelican playground in Dover Road. This is a watercolour sketch he made of the dragon playground.

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Mr Khor has a diploma in interior design from the University of North London and a fine arts degree from the National Taiwan Normal University. The father of three children, aged between 40 and 51, grew up in Penang. The retiree is a member of the Singapore Art Society and Singapore Watercolour society.

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You can actually buy a little Lego replica of the playground. Private tutor Gene Tan is a Lego enthusiast who has started a business selling Lego recreations of Singaporean landmarks. Visit his Facebook page, My Little World (www.facebook.com/mylittleworldsingapore) for more information. 

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The dragon playground in front of Blk 28 in Toa Payoh Lorong 6 has been there since 1979, making it one of Singapore's oldest playgrounds. It was picked by New York culture blog Flavorwire.com as one of 15 amazing playgrounds in the world in 2012.

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There are other dragon playgrounds around Singapore. This one in front of Blk 240 in Toa Payoh Lorong 1 was estimated to have been completed in 1985.

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This one is located in front of Blk 570/571 in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. It is estimated to have been completed in 1978.