Through the infamous lorongs, past the brothels and into a gastronomic haven all at once, Geylang by night undoubtedly lives up to its reputation as the ‘Sin City’ of Singapore.
Yet for all the clamour of the red-light district, a walk along Geylang in the morning reveals an unexpected charm of an enclave rich in culture and architectural heritage.
Much of Geylang looks worse for wear, perhaps from its overuse throughout the years, first from the many light industries that came as a result of the nearby Kallang Basin, to the many hawker stalls and back alley activities where conservation and cleanliness were never put much into consideration.
Architecturally, Geylang is lined with shophouses built between the early 1900s to just before World War II, with most of them adopting either the Late Shophouse (1900-1940) or Art Deco (1930-1960) style.
Unlike most other parts of Singapore just rousing from their slumber, daytime in Geylang represents a rest for the bustle of the night, though the nearby residents and daytime industries still provide a sight of the side of Geylang most of us are not too familiar with.