No. 5 Ann Siang Road has a rich and diverse history, much like the hill on which it stands. Once a nutmeg and clove plantation in the 1800s, Ann Siang Hill developed into a thriving area in the centre of Chinatown in the early 1900s, a hotbed of clan houses, commerce and even triads.
Chinatown is known in the local dialect as Niu Che Shui translated literally as Ox-Cart- Water. Interestingly, the small lane behind our iconic building was once the well-worn track of many ox-carts making their daily trip to Chinatown’s only source of fresh water; Ann Siang Hill’s well. Long may the alley lead people to a wonderful source of refreshments.
Bring your ox-cart and you drink for free!