PICTURES

Singapore's Pasar Geylang Serai turns 50: A look back in pictures

The two-storey concrete building has two levels and a distinctive three-tiered grand entryway. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The two-storey concrete building has two levels and a distinctive three-tiered grand entryway. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The remodelled Pasar Geylang Serai has the rustic quality of old Malay kampong houses with the use of Malay motifs. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The remodelled Pasar Geylang Serai has the rustic quality of old Malay kampong houses with the use of Malay motifs. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The cooked food section of the market, which is on the second floor of Pasar Geylang Serai. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The cooked food section of the market, which is on the second floor of Pasar Geylang Serai. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
A woman checking out the vegetables at the dry goods section of the market. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
A woman checking out the vegetables at the dry goods section of the market. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The meat and poultry section of the new Pasar Geylang Serai. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The meat and poultry section of the new Pasar Geylang Serai. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The Pasar Geylang Serai today after a $18.2-million overhaul, which took 40 months to complete. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The Pasar Geylang Serai today after a $18.2-million overhaul, which took 40 months to complete. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The new and elegant Pasar Geylang Serai was reopened in 2009. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The new and elegant Pasar Geylang Serai was reopened in 2009. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
A huge crowd doing last-minute Hari Raya shopping at the Pasar Geylang Serai on Sept 8, 2010. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
A huge crowd doing last-minute Hari Raya shopping at the Pasar Geylang Serai on Sept 8, 2010. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Vegetable stalls in Pasar Geylang Serai in 2002. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Vegetable stalls in Pasar Geylang Serai in 2002. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Junction of Geylang Road and Haig Road in 1984. This area near Geylang Serai was a popular shopping destination with locals and tourists, especially those from Malaysia. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Junction of Geylang Road and Haig Road in 1984. This area near Geylang Serai was a popular shopping destination with locals and tourists, especially those from Malaysia. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Two overturned cars at Paya Lebar Road, near the Geylang Fire Station, in 1964. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Two overturned cars at Paya Lebar Road, near the Geylang Fire Station, in 1964. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Traffic along Geylang Serai in 1984. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Traffic along Geylang Serai in 1984. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Hawker centre at Pasar Geylang Serai in 1971. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Hawker centre at Pasar Geylang Serai in 1971. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Shoppers at stalls along the flats at Geylang Serai in the 1970s during the Hari Raya season. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Shoppers at stalls along the flats at Geylang Serai in the 1970s during the Hari Raya season. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Squatter settlement in Lorong 3 Geylang. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Squatter settlement in Lorong 3 Geylang. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Hari Raya shoppers at the roadside stalls along Geylang Serai flats in the 1970s. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
Hari Raya shoppers at the roadside stalls along Geylang Serai flats in the 1970s. -- PHOTOS: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS AND NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD

Pasar Geylang Serai, a market in the Geylang area that has become a landmark for the Malay community, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday night at the open field opposite the market. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the guest of honour at the event, which also saw the launch of the book, Pasar Geylang Serai: 50 Years Of Continuity Amidst Change.

Walk down memory lane with snapshots from the book on this shopping hub of the Malay community and see how the area has changed over the half century.

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