Postcard of South Bridge Road in 1907. The building on the right with two towers is the Jamae Mosque, built in 1826; on the same row in the background is the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, built in 1827. Remarkably, the street today still looks very similar.
Source: Cheah Jin Seng. Singapore: 500 early postcards
This road, with the landmark Muslim mosque and Hindu temple, is still situated on one side of a large square of buildings that constitutes Chinatown. Although it would only be the Singapore government in independence which purposefully designed housing estates for the social integration of the many races, it is remarkable to observe the co-existence of religious institutions ever since Raffles’ time.