Before you make your way down to Whampoa for our carnival on 16 July, take the time to explore the neighbourhood as well Whampoa’s unique heritage.
Not just any other neighbourhood, Whampoa has more to offer than you can ever imagine:
1. Whampoa’s Origin
Whampoa was named after Hoo Ah Kay, a Singaporean businessman. His many contributions to the Straits Settlements, along with his bilingualism in Chinese and English, allowed him to become an important bridge between the two communities. Being deeply respected by the community, this area came to be named after him.
2. Longest HDB
Ever wondered which out of the many HDB flats is the longest? Well, it’s Block 34 in Whampoa West! This HDB spans 320 metres on corridor side, has 12 floors, spans 46 units per floor, and contains a total of 487 units.
3. Whampoa Dragon Fountain
Located in front of Block 85 of Whampoa Drive, the dragon fountain was an iconic landmark since the early seventies. A majestic sight to behold, the dragon was once seen spouting water from its mouth. However since the eighties, the water supply has been cut off, with water drained from the fountain. Despite that, it would still be fascinating to imagine its once glorious days.
The overhead bridge built to connect Boon Keng to Whampoa would be a familiar route for many of our volunteers. While there is nothing amazing about an expressway, did you know that before the developments, its predecessor was a park that was once home to the Whampoa Dragon Fountain?
5. Sing Hon Loong Bakery
As one of the remaining traditional bakeries left in Singapore, Sing Hon Loong Bakery is indeed one precious gem of Whampoa. It is truly artisanal work to see the bakers in action, from the kneading to the baking and eventually, slicing process of the bread.
If it wasn’t known to you that they are the major supplier of traditional bread to Ya Kun Kaya Toast, now all the more you should make your way down to this traditional bakery if you are in the vicinity!
6. Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang
The Whampoa Hawker Center houses one of the best oyster omelette stalls, Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang, which sells one of the most popular and favourite dishes among both foreigners and locals. The oysters and potato starch is usually mixed into frying the egg, giving the dish a thicker and fuller taste before topping it off with a special vinegar chilli. While sinful, this dish is a perfect supper for any hungry passerby!
7. SG50 Whampoa Market Mural Painting
Last year as part of SG50, students from Bendemeer Primary and Secondary came together to paint murals at Whampoa Market. As part of the initiative to beautify their surroundings, many iconic elements were infused into the painting. Don’t forget to check out their mural painting while you are shopping nearby!
This coming 16 July, the first ever carnival themed 'Reignite!’ will be held by NUS Sociology Society, and supported by Beyond Social Services. Come join us as facilitators for the day where you get to interact with the community and the children! Make this summer a meaningful holiday - no one says you can’t have fun while volunteering.
If you are interested to know more about SOCIP and Reignite, do drop by next tuesday, 12 July, 7.30pm at Blk 75 of Whampoa Drive (Beyond Social Service) to learn more about our project!