11 Mar '18, 5am

Existence of Choa Chu Kang & all other Chu Kangs in S’pore, explained https://t.co/riCixX9rZF

Existence of Choa Chu Kang & all other Chu Kangs in S’pore, explained https://t.co/riCixX9rZF

Trawling the National Archives can lead to interesting finds. Like this 1885 map of Singapore titled, Island of Singapore and its Dependencies . Advertisement Before HDB flats Before HDB flats were a thing, you could name an entire estate after yourself. Imagine that. That was how many of the river settlements got their names, such as Choa Chu Kang, Lim Chu Kang, and Yio Chu Kang. What is a “Chu Kang”? By mid-19th century, many Chinese settlers had arrived in Singapore and set up their villages across the island, many along rivers in the north. Chinese immigrants called these places kangkar . In Teochew, it means the land around the riverbank, river mouth or literally river’s leg. These villages were named after the Chinese clans which controlled the part of the river they settled on — a practice common in China. The head of the clan would be called a kangchu (港主) and the ...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/03/what-is-choa-chu-kang/

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