Punggol Traditional Architecture Notes

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Punggol

Punggol of the old days was a large rural land of farms and forests. At the tip of northern Punggol, where the Punggol Jetty is located, once existed a Malay kampong called Kampong Punggol. It was settled by the families of the fishermen who plied their trade at Sungei Dekar. One of the oldest settlements in Singapore, the kampong was believed to be more than 200 years old, existing even before Raffles’ arrival.

By the mid-19th century, the Chinese began to settle in Punggol, establishing a marketplace at the 8th milestone of Punggol Road for trading of fish, vegetable and fruits.

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Top left (a): the simplest form of the Malay Kampung House with a basic Malay Plan of a pair of rooms with galleries in front and to the rear, and a raised floor (panggung). Top right (b): the double-story Compound House with a walled undercroft (kolong), here in a simple version of the warehouse-dwelling called the Rumah Gudang. Above left (c): drawings that record the conversion of a raised-floor Rumah Limas into a two-story Compound House. Above right (d): the conversion of sheltered front staircase into the front sitting room vestibule, the surong.

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