Thye Hong lion to roar again in Queenstown after 36 years

The lion was perched atop the Thye Hong biscuit factory for almost 50 years, but it was moved to Sentosa after the factory closed in 1982. It is set to return to Queenstown next month, when the new community museum opens. Madam Alice Tan, 69, (centre
The lion was perched atop the Thye Hong biscuit factory for almost 50 years, but it was moved to Sentosa after the factory closed in 1982. It is set to return to Queenstown next month, when the new community museum opens.PHOTO: NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
The lion was perched atop the Thye Hong biscuit factory for almost 50 years, but it was moved to Sentosa after the factory closed in 1982. It is set to return to Queenstown next month, when the new community museum opens. Madam Alice Tan, 69, (centre
Madam Alice Tan, 69, (centre) and her former colleagues (from far left) Jenny Chan, Ivy Lee, Ann Wong and Susan Chan in front of her hair salon in Tanglin Halt last week. She opened the salon in the 1970s and is one of the residents featured in the new museum. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Statue, now in Sentosa, to be centrepiece of area's upcoming community museum

A roaring lion once perched on top of a biscuit factory, overlooking the junction of Alexandra Road and Tiong Bahru Road for almost 50 years.

Sporting a penetrating glare and a fierce snarl, the fibreglass statue was known by many as the symbol of one of South-east Asia's largest biscuit factories - the Thye Hong Biscuit and Confectionery Factory, which produced cream crackers and Horlicks biscuits.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2018, with the headline 'Thye Hong lion to roar again in Queenstown after 36 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe