The project also highlights Lorong 24A as an oft-overlooked pocket of quirky charm and old-world calm amidst the rest of Geylang, an area typically associated with red-light activity.
In contrast to the adjacent streets, Lorong 24A has never had a history of red-light activity. It is instead home to an eclectic myriad of old and new small businesses, ranging from a traditional Chinese medicine shop (replete with resident shop cat, rosewood furniture and glass jars) to a flamenco dance studio-cum-café. The coffee shop at the end of the Lorong also boasts delicious wanton and prawn noodles. The street also houses a number of old Chinese clan associations with vintage signages, as well as a Buddhist library.
Lorong 24A is also a five-minute walk away from Aljunied MRT and a ten minute drive to the Central Business District.
The Lorong 24A Shophouse Series also hopes to demystify a slice of Geylang in its own manner; with residents contributing to the laidback vibe whilst appreciating the charming eccentricities and historical richness of the street.
Geylang is arguably the most colourful enclave in Singapore, managing to mix food, sex, history and vintage charm. Delicious and varied nosh can be found here at unassuming prices, from Szechuan hotpot to Indian roti-john to Teochew porridge and turtle soup. 24 hour eateries for late-night suppers are found in abundance, such as the famed No. 126 dim-sum, or the silken Rochor Road beancurd. Religious institutions and clan associations sit cheek by jowl with hourly-rate hotels and karaoke pubs.
Geylang is an area that has resisted gentrification and clinical overhauls, maintaining a strong flavour of refreshing realism that has not succumbed to sterility.