12 Jul '11, 1am

You've heard and read about Great World, how about New World Amusement Park?

You've heard and read about Great World, how about New World Amusement Park?

It had Chinese and Malay opera halls, shops, restaurants, cinemas, boxing arenas, shooting galleries, and soon established a reputation for a vibrant carnival atmosphere. It boasted what was arguably the best opera in Malaya - the New World’s City Opera. Its cabarets were much raved about, and it had the first air-conditioned cabaret hall in Malaya. Those preferring to dance to Malay tune patronized the Bunga Tanjong where bands played to the beat of ronggeng or asli, interspersed with cha-cha or rumba. On some nights, the bands also three in the “twist” or “rock-and-roll”.

Full article: http://yesterday.sg/reflections/new-world-amusement-park/

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