Rochor Centre 梧槽坊
Rochor Centre (梧槽坊) is a building in Singapore built by the Housing and Development Board. It was built and completed in 1977.
Rochor Centre is bound by Rochor and Ophir Roads and Queen Street in the south of Singapore, just outside of the Central Business District. There are total of 4 blocks (Blocks 1 through 4). The first three floors consist of shophouses and offices. The fourth floor is a void deck, and residents stay from the fifth floor onwards. The top floor is level 17. Rochor Centre has over 180 shops that sell a wide variety of goods.
Rochor Centre is listed as a landmark to be protected by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. However, on 16 Nov 2011, the Land Transport Authority and Singapore Land Authority announced that Rochor Centre will be demolished to make way for the construction of the North-South Expressway by 2016. Residents and retailers will be offered relocation benefits to compensate for the change. The new replacement blocks will be Kallang Trivista, located near Kallang MRT station. The blocks will be bounded by Upper Boon Keng Road and Lorong 1 Geylang.
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I imagine it must have been a coveted address when the buildings were first erected. The playground must have been new installation over the years. It seemed out of place in the “ancient” compound – too modern, I’d say.
Many have already documented this soon-to-be demolished premise with proper photographs so I’m freed to edit mine according to my feelings when I visited – old, sad and surreal.
That morning was hot and humid but it quickly greyed, threatening to rain. The dark clouds gathered and dampened my spirit as I roamed about the void deck of this old estate. The mood got sober and somewhat melancholy as our photography outing came to an end.
This was my first visit to Rochor Centre but I am sure I will visit again (especially to eat the famous wanton noodle from One Ton Me) before the vendors move out, with some as early as next year.
Date of visit: 16th November 2014.
P.S. I had a cup of tea with my friends (while they had their lunch) before leaving to meet my cousins for brunch at The Providore at Mandarin Gallery.
Food featured in this post are from:
Kwang Hui Kopitiam at Rochor Centre
One Ton Me
Economic Rice (sorry, don’t know the name of stall)