Friday, July 29, 2011

A walk along Balestier Road - Sim Kwong Ho Shophouse


Madam Sim Cheng Neo a female developer owned many properties in Balestier Area. One of these is the shophouse called Sim Kwong Ho Shophouse at 418 Balestier Road just at the junction of Balestier Road and Jalan Kemaman.

The shophouse has been restored, modernized and converted into a budget hotel.



It is interesting to observe the designs on the shophouses. There were animals, birds, dragons, etc. There's some that come in the design of a dragon with bat's wings.



Instead of the usual Chinese warriors that are depicted on doors of Chinese homes as symbolic guardians, the shophouse has Sikhs as its door guards as they were often employed as policemen in the colonial past.

You can read more about the shophouse from heritage trails website.

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4 comments:

thomas said...

Nice capture,i haven't come across this type of elaborated decoration
in Malaysia.

My SWF

Alexander said...

Many years ago, I used to live around this area! :D

Have a good weekend.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Rajesh said...

Beautiful architecture. It has been restored very well.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

That was a pleasant walk. Thank you very much!

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