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Today, Queenstown remain as one of the top spots celebrating Singapore's history. It's also a shopping and bargaining hub for fellow Singaporeans. Here's our pick of 7 places in Queenstown that holds so much history, you might actually feel like you're travelling back in time!
The block was designed with the intention of reducing the uniformity in public housing and provide more aesthetically pleasing design features to cater to the different tastes and preferences. The building of this block was what resulted in the classic designs of HDB flats we see today.
Location: Block 168A Queensway, Singapore 140168
The library became a form of sanctuary for patrons from all over Queenstown and neighbouring estates. By 2003, air-conditioning and elevators were installed. There was even a cafeteria. Despite all the renovations during the former years, the library still managed to retain its original architecture.
Location: 53 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149297
It offered a large variety of goods such as shoes, sporting gear, musical instruments, cosmetics and F&B. They were also much more cheaper as compared to the prices in the town areas. Currently, Queensway Shopping Centre still remains a hit for bargain shoppers around Singapore.
Location: 1 Queensway, Singapore 149053
The stadium was a prime location for national day parades in the 1970s and 1980s. It also hosted the Singapore Armed Forces’ first Colours Parade in 1973 where 3,000 soldiers took part in a 10-kilometre route march from Jalan Besar to Queenstown Sports Complex.
Location: 473A Stirling Road, Singapore 148949
The temple is traditionally designed with a gabled roof and a sweeping curvature topped with a ridge of tiles and ceramic figurines. A meticulously carved pair of dragon figurines and lion statues sits at the entrance of the Temple.
Today, the Temple remains a gathering point for former villagers.
Location: 1085 Stirling Road, Singapore 148953
As it was built in 1957, it followed the 1950s modern architecture concept. Foreign figures such as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; Princess Margaret; Edward Health, then Prime Minister of Australia, visited the viewing deck that was located on the roof during their visit ages ago to learn more about Singapore's housing programme.
As the Ministry of Environment vacated the premise in 1989, Princess House now serves as one of the lasting reminders of Queenstown’s history.
Location: 332 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159945
Construction started in 1953 by SIT and in 1960, HDB took over while still sticking to SIT's neighbourhood concept of having one community centre, shopping area and market. These flats helped increase employment within the residents.
Currently, these blocks serve as home to rental residents in Queenstown.
Location: 156B Stirling Road, Singapore 148947
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