Spring Street, Singapore

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Spring Street in Chinatown, Singapore.

Spring Street (Chinese: 史必灵路) is a one-way street in Chinatown within the Outram Planning Area of Singapore. The street links Neil Road to Banda Street and is mainly used during the Chinese New Year festive season as part of the Chinatown night bazaar.

Etymology and history[edit]

The street was once a source of water. Spring Street was opposite the Maxwell Market (now Maxwell Food Centre) and got its name from the spring which fed the well there. In the old days, water was drawn and transported by bullock carts at Spring Street.

In Cantonese, the street means the "end of the foreign brothels beside the police station".

References[edit]

  • Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004), Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names, Eastern University Press, ISBN 981-210-364-3