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Tekka Centre, Singapore

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Tekka Centre is a multi-use building complex comprising a wet market, food centre and shops, located in the northern corner of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road, in Little India, Singapore.Etymology and historyThe case of Tekka Centre is often used to illustrate the complexities of Chinese language romanisation in Singapore. The market was originally known as "Kandang Kerbau" (or just "K. K."), Malay for "buffalo pens", referring to the slaughterhouses operating in the area until the 1920s, and the name still lives on in the nearby Kandang Kerbau Women's and Children's Hospital, Kandang Kerbau Police Station and the Kandang Kerbau Post Office. In Hokkien, the market was known as Tek Kia Kha, literally meaning "foot of the small bamboos", as bamboo plants once grew on the banks of the Rochor Canal. This was adapted into the popular name Tekka Pasar (笛卡巴刹), where pasar is Malay for "market".The original market was built in 1915, and was located across the street between Hastings Road and Sungei Road. When it was torn down in 1982 and relocated at its present site, the new multi-use complex was named Zhujiao Centre (竹脚中心), the pinyin version of Tek Kia. However, to locals, especially non-Chinese, the new word Zhujiao was both hard to read and pronounce and bore no resemblance to Tekka. Eventually, the complex was officially renamed Tekka Centre in 2000 as it better reflected the history of the place. The market was closed for a significant renovation in 2008, reopening in 2009.
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  • August 1, 2017
    A/f maybe to Indian food and a small group of his collection of country food, maybe many people eat in the zhebianpw East West, not very dry cleans the Environment, garbage and 殘 餚 gone with the finish you can see. At zhebianpw ate roast 餅 in India, after having to the second floor, five-six Indian pigments 紗 port shop, open horizons.
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  • July 13, 2017
    This place was closed for renovation. So if you want to visit it until september ,you cannnot. In my opinion does not worth it because all little india is sooo dirty.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Many choices of meat and seafood to choose from. Love the variety of foods also.. great location ! Try to go in the morning to enjoy the authentic feel of a wet market  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    This is a perfect place to eat Indian, malay and Chinese foods on cheap rate in Singapore. Not allowed to drink alcoholic here in Saturday and Sunday 6pm to 8 am. Once you visit this place in weekend after that you can't forget this place. Because of crowd, Most of the Indians and Bangladeshi foreign workers used come here. Here some Markets also there,...
  • June 12, 2017
    Big Bang India in Little China Red Dot. It can get deliriously nasty with all the spices aromatic culinary here. With a bit of Chinese twist to blend in. You get the best bargain in this Lion City.
  • September 4, 2017
    You'll probably find everything here! The food court is brilliant. Just get a bit too wet on rainy days.
  • June 28, 2017
    One of the vibrant places in Singapore. Always crowded. This is the place if you want to try varieties of Indian food. The wet market behind is a very Good option to buy meat in 1 place.
  • July 15, 2017
    My to go wet market, reasonable prices for fruits and veggies. Vegan paradise. Unfortunately closed for renovations!!!

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