Rebecca Eu may have been based in Manila, Philippines—which she calls her second home—in recent years due to her social enterprise Mei’s Own, but she definitely knows her way around town. The third episode of Tatler Tours sees us going around Chinatown, a neighbourhood that is especially significant to Rebecca’s family.
For one, there is the 110-year-old flagship of her family business, traditional Chinese medicine provider Eu Yan Sang, on South Bridge Road (which recently closed in September). Then, there is Eu Tong Sen Street, named after the tin mining magnate and philanthropist, who is Rebecca’s great-grandfather.
Once designated as a Chinese kampong by Stamford Raffles in his 1822 master Town Plan, Chinatown is Singapore’s largest historic district today, and continues to be one of the country’s liveliest neighbourhoods. It is a favourite for local and traditional delicacies, sewing and craft materials, as well as popular religious institutions from the Sri Mariamman Temple to the ornate Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Rebecca guides us on a trail of her favourite spots.
Watch the video below: