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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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  • Just cross the road from Little India. I really enjoyed shopping there specially I get Sari - the traditional Ladies Wear in India- very nice stuff there  more »
  • If you're a backpacker and stay near little india, you have to come here. they're a lots of cheap food lol. you can get a biryani rice with only $4  more »
  • I wont say that its the best but for sure its THE CHEAPEST. If you are on a budget tour and need indian food. Thats the Place. Its right at the entry of Little India and closet station is Little India...  more »
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  • The best place to check out any Indian apparels for both sexes. It's much more affordable and it's a great place to click some colourful images too. Almost all of the stall owners /sales staffs are friendly.The ground floor has a hawker centre and a wet market. The market offers amazingly good items at a great bargain.
  • A large congregation of local, and Indian delights on the ground floor, and a large market on the second floor. Tekka market is a great, affordable choice for sampling local fare. The ambiance of the place is poor however, like many food centres. The place is not air conditioned, and enclosed areas can feel rather humid. It is hence advisable to be seated near the edge of the food centre or clusters of stalls.
  • One can easily buy indian traditional clothes here. Some shops for utensils are also there. Good variety of fresh vegetables is sold in the wet market on the ground floor.
  • Good place to find Indian food. Wide variety of Indian n Indian Muslim stalls here. Also lots of local Chinese n Malay stalls too. 2nd floor is brightly lit n has many example of sari n Indian traditional clothes for sale. A few antiques stalls but do not know how antique or old their merchandise is. Also on the ground floor, there is a set market selling fresh meats n veg. Dry goods n fruits.
  • very good selection of authentic Indian cuisine at hawker fare pricing. wet market have good beef and mutton meat stall

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