Chinese restaurants in Geylang. Immigrants from China began to flock to the area during Singapore’s construction boom at the start of the new millennium. Photo: Clifford Lee
Chinese restaurants in Geylang. Immigrants from China began to flock to the area during Singapore’s construction boom at the start of the new millennium. Photo: Clifford Lee
Singapore

Geylang, oh Geylang! How mainland Chinese fell in and out of love with Singapore’s red-light district

  • Cheap rent, food and sex once drew Chinese foreign workers – and plenty of locals – to the enclave
  • But two decades on, Geylang is a shadow of its former self, a situation that saddens many of its residents

Chinese restaurants in Geylang. Immigrants from China began to flock to the area during Singapore’s construction boom at the start of the new millennium. Photo: Clifford Lee
Chinese restaurants in Geylang. Immigrants from China began to flock to the area during Singapore’s construction boom at the start of the new millennium. Photo: Clifford Lee
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