Image gallery: Emerald Hill, Singapore

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The glitzy towers of Orchard Road, just a stone’s throw away from Emerald Hill
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Emerald Hill is where the cash crops of nutmeg, pepper and gambier were
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The elaborate pendulum lamps along the 5-foot way
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5-foot covered walkway is an essential part of the shop house vernacular architecture
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The back alleys of Emerald Hill were used by night soil collectors, which according to Singapore archives was practiced as late as 1987
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French windows, alabaster columns, old-fashioned gates
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Peranakan architecture is a combination of east and west
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Bat wing motif on the Pintu Pagar borrowed from the Chinese beliefs. Bat or Fu in Chinese is also a word for prosperity
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Terracotta tiles were used for 5-foot way while glazed tiles were used for cladding. In this picture, the shop house has the Pintu Pagar, a Malayan vernacular architecture in Chinese motifs)
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Pintu Pagar – close-up
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A further close-up of the door motif
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Peranakan houses have an internal light well. Most have been closed up for air conditioning though this house we visited had kept it open
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An internal fountain
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Peranakan furniture
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Modern dining room
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A beautiful house which we visited and were offered tea and pandan cake
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The internal light well would have been open in the olden times
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Bedroom inside one of the houses we visited
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The colour of the Ferrari and the pinks and blues of the house make for a beautiful picture
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House with pheasant
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Pheasant tile close-up
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There are other purposes a 5-foot way fulfils

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