Chinatown: Has it lost its soul?

A shop that makes coffins in Sago Lane, Chinatown.
A shop that makes coffins in Sago Lane, Chinatown.PHOTO: ST FILE
View of the death house at Sago Lane where inmates go for treatment.
View of the death house at Sago Lane where inmates go for treatment. PHOTO: ST FILE
Sandbags and plastic sheets were used to stop a flood from entering a shop in New Bridge Road.
Sandbags and plastic sheets were used to stop a flood from entering a shop in New Bridge Road.PHOTO: ST FILE
Chinese New Year shoppers queuing up at a stall in Mosque Street, Chinatown.
Chinese New Year shoppers queuing up at a stall in Mosque Street, Chinatown.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - "The soul of Chinatown is gone," Mr Ham Weng Seng laments.

The third-generation owner of Tai Chong Kok bakery, who grew up in the neighbourhood, remembers the cosy neighbourliness of families living in the area.

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