Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bright, colorful flowers in the market

Located along Waterloo Street in Singapore, these flowers attract the attention of many-- locals and tourists alike.

Would you believe so many different religious places of worship are housed in this one street? -- That's Singapore for you.


Added information from the web:

Waterloo Street (Chinese: 滑铁卢街) is a two-way street in downtown Singapore stretching from Rochor Road to Bras Basah Road.

The street was constructed in 1837 and was initially named Church Street after Thomas Church who became a resident councillor that same year. Formerly a one-way street, the street has been converted to two ways for a couple of years, and the northern end of the street has been converted into a pedestrian mall to ease the problem of traffic jams and the crowd at Kwan Im Thong Hood Co Temple in the past, especially during the weekends and public holidays. The street, which previously extended to Stamford Road, has been shortened after the construction of Singapore Management University's city campus and the MRT station.

Several well known landmarks include the well known Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Maghain Aboth Synagogue, Sculpture Square and Sri Krishnan Temple. Maghain Aboth Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Singapore and was built by the local Jewish community in 1878.

The Tamils call the street krishmen kovil sadakku or "Street of the Krishnan Temple", where the Sri Krishnan Temple is located next to the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. The street is known as mang ku lu chai tng koi in Hokkien, which mean the street in Bencoolen where the vegetarian hall is. The Hokkiens and Teochews call it si beh lo that means "four horse carriages road" in English.