The MRT series – Somerset (NS23)

New malls have sprung up where historical Specialist Shopping centre once stood. And across that was the hangout of the ‘centrepoint kids’ in the mid 80s (no we did not join)… don’t know what we are talking about? Google it! On a serious note, did you know this area contains a gem of conservation? Look out for the houses on Emerald hill just across the station exit!

Built around 1902, Peranakan place or corner was home to some straits born Chinese who ‘gathered’ in this district. Today many folks in our little red dot can be said to have some form of Peranakan heritage due to the mixing of people over the last 100 years. Do you know what being Peranakan means?

← Orchard (NS22)

→ Dhoby Ghaut (NS24)

Part of the MRT series here.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

5 thoughts on “The MRT series – Somerset (NS23)”

    1. Nah. We give most places in Somerset a pass except for that Japanese place on the 2nd floor of Mandarin gallery and the Tunglok ala carte buffet restaurant at 313!


    1. Well being Peranakan means – straits born. This referred to the descendents of the Chinese who settled in Malaya in the 14th century onwards. It is a unique blend of Chinese and Malay cultures!


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