View of Chinatown's restored shophouses on Mohamad Ali Lane: Looking toward South Bridge Road. [Photographs © George P. Landow and may be used without written permission for any educational purpose. Any commercial or other use requires prior written permisison from .]
The bright, clean arcades and wall surfaces of these restored shphouses embody what the authors of a popular travel guide astutely term an improbable perfection -- one that raises fundamental questions about the nature of such such restorations.
de Ledesma, Charles, Mark Lewis, and Pauline Savage. Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei: the Rough Guide. London, 1997. See also their site.