Saving a Landmark But Losing a Community: Golden Mile Complex
With the en bloc sale of Golden Mile Complex in 2021, the tenants of the shopping centre have had to vacate the place by May 2023. These photos by Jimmy Yap capture the final months of what has come to be known as Little Thailand.
(Read the essay on Golden Mile Complex.)
From Nicoll Highway, Golden Mile Complex, with its unique stepped terraced design, resembles a giant typewriter, 2023.
From Beach Road however, Golden Mile Complex looks a little different, 2022.
The distinctive portholes on the front of Golden Mile Complex, 2022.
The ground floor atrium, 2022.
Ads in Thai above an eatery, 2022.
Street food freshly made just inside the entrance of the Thai supermarket, 2022.
Diners tuck into Thai food just next to shops selling fruits and snacks.
A hairdressing salon aimed at Thai customers, 2022.
People waiting for coaches to take them across the border, mainly to different destinations in Malaysia, but also southern Thailand as well, 2022.
A close-up of the statue of Phra Phrom, or four-faced Brahma, 2022. In Thailand, the god is prayed to for good fortune and protection. This statue is mistakenly referred to as four-faced Buddha in Singapore.
Animal statues stand guard in front of the statue of Phra Phrom, 2022.
The last tenants of Golden Mile Complex, 2022.