Tras Street

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Tras Street, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore.

Tras Street is a street located in Tanjong Pagar in the Outram Planning Area and Downtown Core in Singapore. The road connects Enggor Street and Gopeng Street to Cook Street, and is intersected by Wallich Street.

Etymology and History[edit]

The street name Tras Street dates from an 1898 municipal resolution to "use names of rivers and districts in the Malay Peninsula as being better adapted to the purpose [of naming streets] than the names of persons or families". Other Malayan place names which were assigned in the same year to new streets laid out on either side of Anson Road near Tanjong Pagar included Bernam Road, Enggor Street and Raub Street.

Hong San See Temple[edit]

The Hong San See Temple used to be located at Tras Street when it was first built in 1829. A road widening project in 1908 involving government acquisition of the temple's site resulted in its relocation to Mohamed Sultan Road.

Tras Street Today[edit]

Tras Street today is lined with many shophouses, many of which are 2 and 3-storey buildings. These shophouses, some of which are conserved pre-war buildings, are home to shops, eating places, pubs, boutiques and offices. The street is in fact a well-known night spot because of its string of bars. O'Bama'a Irish Pub is an example of one of the thriving nightspots on Tras street. Being part of the Tanjong Pagar Conservation area, and found within the historic district of Chinatown, there are efforts to bring back the old charms of Chinatown to Tras Street.

Alternate Names[edit]

The Chinese name for this street, zu shi gong kou, takes after the temple on this street. It is known as cho su kong khau in Hokkien, which means "mouth of the Cho Su Kong temple".

References[edit]

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