Friday, October 17, 2014

Accidental Tourist - 500px photo walk around SIngapore Chinatown

One of the ways I try to continue shooting in my own country is to take photo walks. For the past few months, I managed to bag 2 international walks by joining the 500px photo walk in September and the Scott Kelby Global photo walk in October (another post). 

The 500px photowalk was a first for me - Led by Wilson of Singapore Photography Interest Network aka SPIN, the participants took a romp around Singapore Chinatown area. 

Starting at the new Telok Ayer MRT (Downtown Line) (named after the Hokkien (dialect) that used to populate this area) a pit stop at Thian Hock Keng Temple (an iconic temple in this area -as it is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore back when I did another walk in 2012 - before heading out to the main Chinatown area via Amoy Street market. 

Some trivia about this location: (extracted from 
Malay name: In Malay, telok means "bay" and ayer means "water".
Chinese name: The Hokkien name for Telok Ayer Street was Gwan Sun Koi, where koi meant "street" and Gwan Sun referred to the name of a shop along Telok Ayer Street. Telok Ayer Bay was also known as nan wan or "southern bay" by the Chinese.

It was the usual humid hot day for sunny Singapore but the walk was made better with good spirits and good company. Once into Chinatown, a stop over at the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (one of those places I have taken frequent visits - and

Teatime stop at the new Chinatown Food Street area before heading upwards to catch the Mid Autumn opening ceremony and traffic jams. The night ended on a high with light trails and evening light. 
Thian Hock Keng Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple - Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations

Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations

More photos available on my Flickr account -

Till the next time, onto the world and beyond! 

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