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Koon Seng Road 


This neighbourhood’s most iconic road is famous for its distinctive Peranakan pre-
war architecture. Every shophouse boasts ornate ceramic tiles, floral motifs, and
pastel-coloured exteriors. The majority of these duplex terrace houses were built in
the 1920’s, and some have even won awards for their well-designed spaces.


In the past, residents had to contend with flooding in their homes and schools
whenever the nearby Geylang River brimmed over during high tide or the rainy
season. Tanjong Katong flooded six to ten times a year, and this continued until
1993, when the river was deepened. Today, residents can no longer climb into the
river to catch crabs during low tide nor sail paper boats in the flood, but the area still offers a pleasant walk to admire the colourful houses.