Monday, March 21, 2011

Landmark to Visit-Balestier Market

This is Balestier Market, it can be found near Shaw Plaza, here in Balestier
Balestier Market is a market which has many things to eat such as fried rice, noodles, and more. There are quite a few stores in Balestier Market for you to choose your meals from. At the front of the market itself the market's name "Balestier Market" is put in between two lion statues. 
Balestier used to be a rural area and this market was built in the 1920s to cater to farmers nearby who needed a place to sell their produce. It was also known locally as the Or Kio market, which translates to "black bridge" market, since there was a black bridge along Whampoa River that connected Ah Hood road (off Balestier Road) to Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. Many shops in the area are also named after the bridge. However, despite renovation in 1999, it eventually lost out to the bigger Whampoa market. Also known affectionately as the Tua Pah Sat, it translates to the big market. Many stallholders decided to retire when the market closed in 2004. Today, it is the only remaining 'rural' market on mainland Singapore but is now converted to some sort of coffeehouse, selling delicious local fare.

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