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The 60s meets the future; Masjid Sultan Mosque, Singapore

October 17, 2012


Without a doubt Singapore was one of the hardest places to replicate my grandparent’s photographs as it has probably changed more than any other country in the world since the 60s. Certainly it has gone from being a controversial little island at the foot of the Malaysian peninsula to being the wealthiest nation in the world with an average annual salary of $60,000. It is nice to note though that some things stay the same, the Masjid Sutan Mosque for instance, may now be surrounded by bistros, courtyards and gift shops instead of rundown houses, but it is as imposingly beautiful as it ever was.

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  1. October 17, 2012 6:52 am

    Reblogged this on Coretan Daku.

  2. October 17, 2012 10:11 am

    You are right. It would have appear to have changed very little. You are a lot closer to the temple when matching the first picture so it is not possible to see what has happened to the buildings leading up to it. I am really intrigued as to what the battered corrugated iron fence is hiding? Looking at the shutters and roof line of the building on the right; it would seem to be the same.
    What have you got left to track down? Tiger Balm Gardens / Tea plantations / the funicular railway in Penang – anything else?

    • October 17, 2012 9:13 pm

      Deepest apologies, I meant to say in the blog that that corrogated metal fence is blocking off the building of what (I believe) is swanky new apartment buildings. Otherwise the basic buildings are the same except they were once houses and now they’re fancy bistros and gift shops – going on what the man in the camera shop said anyway!

      In answer to your other query – as I have already stated, patience is a virtue, there’s still lot to get through don’t you worry! x

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