From KTV to cafes: Kampong Bahru gets a makeover

Loud music and cigarette smoke have made way for the smells of coffee and freshly baked goods in this up-and-coming hip enclave

Prior to the exit of karaoke pubs, Kampong Bahru has been quietly reforming. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI
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If you have heard of Kampong Bahru Road - a stretch of 44 commercial shophouses opposite the Singapore General Hospital - you might know its reputation as a once-thriving nightlife hub.

Early last year, there were 14 karaoke lounges and nightclubs operating in the area - approximately one in three shophouses.

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