Streets of Little India
The name of a place is a marker of identity – it can tell us a lot about that place, such as its history, culture and development. As its name suggests, Little India is an ethnic enclave for the Indian community in Singapore, yet what do the road names, like “Serangoon Road” and “Kerbau Road” mean?
Take a look at some of them in this story map on the streets of Little India and uncover the myriad interlocking stories encoded in the streets there.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the streets in Little India.
The title of the base map used in this story map is the New Singapore Street Map (1930s)
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), Little India: Heritage Trail (2017), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), In Granite and Chunam: The National Monuments of Singapore (1996), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).