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Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Sago Lane’s Cantonese name. We have updated it. Sago Lane (and Sago Street) gets its name from the many sago factories in the area in mid-1800s Singapore. However, Sago Lane is more famous (or infamous) for another reason – its death houses. Sago Lane in the 1920s. Image via National Archives. Advertisement In the past when most Chinese immigrants lived in crammed quarters in the Chinatown area, the terminally ill would go to a death house where they literally awaited their fate – death. Death houses were so prominent on Sago Lane that people called it sei yan gai – ‘Dead People Street’ in Cantonese. Image via . On the surface, a death house seems morbid, but it was a needed service for the early Chinese immigrants – many of whom arrived in Singapore with no kith or kin. Chinese superstition dictates that death must...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/07/chinatowns-sago-lane-was-on...

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