The balance between national progress and preservation of heritage

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It may be one of the oldest Chinese temples in Singapore, dating back to the pre-colonial era when the Hakkas first built a shrine to the deity Tua Pek Kong more than two centuries earlier.

But the actual Fook Tet Soo Khek temple in Palmer Road, which was built in 1844, has no official protection status. It is not the only historic site without one.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2019, with the headline 'The balance between national progress and preservation of heritage'. Print Edition | Subscribe