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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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  • After a few hours wandering Little India, we were excited to give this place a try. The wet market (fish and meat) was interesting, though don't expect the vendors to have much interaction in English....  more »
  • We had breakfast here while visiting Little Indian - I am not recommend the Prata highly enough. Food and drinks for 4 under $18!  more »
  • Indian food , saris, a wet market, fruit stalls, flower stalls can all be found in here. Many choices for food. The upper part is a dry market and tailor shop for the colorful saris. Adjacent to the f...  more »
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  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My to go wet market, reasonable prices for fruits and veggies. Vegan paradise. Unfortunately closed for renovations!!!
  • Food is good here. Saris are pretty and there's plenty of gold shops. However. Not my fave.

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