Hawkers hope Unesco nod will give their stalls a boost

They feel recognition will put hawker culture on the world food map and keep sector thriving

Customers at Chomp Chomp Food Centre in Serangoon Gardens yesterday. The inscription of Singapore's hawker culture on the Unesco intangible heritage list has been anticipated for nearly three years. Singapore Heritage Society president Jack Lee said
Customers at Chomp Chomp Food Centre in Serangoon Gardens yesterday. The inscription of Singapore's hawker culture on the Unesco intangible heritage list has been anticipated for nearly three years. Singapore Heritage Society president Jack Lee said the inscription "helps us recognise that hawker culture in Singapore is valuable and worthy of recognition".ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Singaporeans have hailed the news yesterday that the country's hawker culture has been inscribed on the Unesco intangible heritage list, with some hawkers hoping it will bring more tourists to their stalls and keep the sector alive and thriving after the pandemic.

The historic moment has been hotly anticipated for nearly three years, and around 10pm yesterday, the news was announced by the intergovernmental committee in charge of the final verdict.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2020, with the headline 'Hawkers hope Unesco nod will give their stalls a boost'. Subscribe