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

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
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The team also captured little-known stories, including how Reverend Rui Yu and various prolific writers, such as Khoo Seok Wan and Lee Choon Seng, gathered to create and appreciate literary works under a banyan tree in its temple courtyard.

On why the temple has fallen through the cracks, Dr Wee said it has been a result of broad-brush urban zoning. She said: "Valuable heritage sites existing in areas zoned for commercial development have been forgotten...

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