Historic but unprotected: Several pre-WWII places of worship flagged as being in critical need of protection

Singapore Heritage Society executive director Chua Ai Lin (second from left) with researchers (from left) Fauzy Ismail, Lynn Wong and Vivienne Wee at Seng Wong Beo, a temple in Tanjong Pagar.
Singapore Heritage Society executive director Chua Ai Lin (second from left) with researchers (from left) Fauzy Ismail, Lynn Wong and Vivienne Wee at Seng Wong Beo, a temple in Tanjong Pagar.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Several pre-WWII places of worship flagged as being in critical need of protection

For almost 50 years until 1954, a jar filled with refreshing Chinese tea was placed outside Seng Wong Beo, a temple in Tanjong Pagar, for weary rickshaw pullers.

They would gulp down the brew gratefully before carrying on with their work barefooted in the humid Singapore weather.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2019, with the headline 'Historic but unprotected'. Print Edition | Subscribe