Day 92: Faces in Tekka Market

‘Tekka’ — what language is this word derived from? To me, it first sounded Malay. But, what would a Malay-named market be doing in the Little India district of Singapore? I finally found out that the word “Tekka” originated from the Chinese Hokkien word of tek kia, which meant foot of the bamboo. Who would have guessed that one could find bamboo plants near the market?

Anyway, as the bamboos have moved on (to some discrete parts of Singapore), so has the market moved to its present site. Tekka Market’s original site can still be seen from the present site, though. It’s just opposite! What is standing there now is a fully air-conditioned shopping complex. How typical of Singapore.


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Olivia Griselda

A photographer & filmmaker based in Singapore.

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