Chong Wen Ge Cafe

The founders of Chong Wen Ge cafe are made up of a group of middle age “uncles”*- who, even though established in their own profession, feel inclined to start Chong Wen Ge Cafe – in efforts to reach out to the younger generation and increase the awareness of Singapore’s own cultural roots. Thus, instead of allowing the cafe to be subjected to the cookie-cutter formula of serving eggs Benedict and waffles – the founders were strict in ensuring that all decisions right down to the smallest detail, were made with the heritage and culture in mind.

The name “Chong Wen Ge cafe” plays tribute to the ‘Institute for the Veneration of Literature’, Singapore’s first Chinese school. Sharing the same building as Singapore’s first music box museum and Peranakan tile gallery, Chong Wen Ge cafe is also part of Thiam Hock Keng temple complex, that was gazetted as a National Monument in 1973s.

 

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Shengxing Station 勝興車站(Maoli Country, Taiwan)

Located in Shengxing Village of Sanyi Town in Miaoli County, Taiwan, Shengxing Railway Station was the highest railway station on the Western Taiwan Railway Line (Old Mountain Railway) at 402.236 meters above sea level.

Completed in 1906, Shengxing Railway Station is built entirely of wood in Japanese style without a single nail on each beam. The train station was built according to feng shui with canine tooth style on the eaves. The railway was first used to carry only freight such as coal, fruit and groceries, but later it was used for public transportation.

Due to route change from the old trunkline: Jiushan Line to the New Jiushan Line, Shengxing Railway Station was closed on September 23, 1998. Shengxing Railway Station has been registered as a Miaoli historical site on April 16th, 1999. Although part of the building was damaged from the earthquake happened on September 21st, 1999, the train station remains the same structure, and many artifacts from the period of Japanese colonization can still be found, such as the old train signals that originally stood between Shengxing and Tai-an railway stations.

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Daxi old street 大溪老街 (Taoyuan, Taiwan)

Located in Taoyuan County, Daxi Old Street is one of the famous Taiwan old streets that used to be a bustling hub for camphor and tea trades. Daxi Old Street is comprised of old stores on Heping Road, Zhongshan Road and Zhongyang Road. The town of Daxi boomed with trades of camphor and tea, and the passage of Daxi Old Street was built as a shortcut for workers to pass through so that they could transport goods without walking a long way.

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