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Boat Quay

A view of Boat Quay (pronounced "kee") from across the river. In the old days the bum boats would unload their cargo here. Now the shophouses have been restored and converted into bars and restaurants. Singapore used to have lots of these shophouses (retail space on the bottom floor, and living space above), but most of them were leveled to make way for highrises and other infrastructure. The remaining shophouses are now considered historical buildings and are being restored and preserved.

Khim grew up in a shophouse, but they were kicked out, and it was torn down shortly before she came to the U.S. in 1989.


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