So umm, apparently, Tiong means “to die” in Hokkien, while Bahru means “new” in Malay. Which makes Tiong Bahru “new cemetery”, as it was home to many cemeteries until it was reclaimed in the 1920s.
There’s nothing gruesome or morbid about this neighborhood today, though. Amongst its distinctive art-deco style shophouses, you’ll find hipster spas, homey cafes, local gems and more.
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