Balestier has a long history which people will easily forget! When I see a lot of cars passing through here every day, when I see people walking under the teahouse with fast pace, I suddenly come out with a question: does anyone here carefully discover the history behind? The Singapore traditional architectural style --- teahouse, the old shops which are still waiting, the echo from the revolutionary pioneer sun yat-sen,and the water kiosk which show the poor people's lives…… every place is not lack of stories,they are just lack of eyes which can find the stories. The younger generation should spend more time finding these old stories and keeping them in history!
Balestier indeed possesses a rich heritage and history of Singapore that many, which included me, do not know about. This heritage trail also managed to open our eyes to the problems of developments on heritage. During our trail we saw many construction projects being done which affected the heritage sites (e.g. the Malay Studio which now houses construction equipments of constructors who are working across the street, developing condominiums).
Balestier is really more than just Boon Tong Kee and Bak Kut Teh now that I have learnt. Little did I know, without the benefit of hindsight, that a even little corner water and tea kiosk had such a rich story to tell. Neither was I aware that the Tua Pek Gong temple that I had visited was built based on such foundations, nor had I known that Mdm Sim Cheng Neo and the Ngee Ann Kongsi Foundation were so rich! Now, Boon Tong Kee would never be the highlight of Balestier again.
I learnt that Balestier is much more than the normal town that i used to know. There were many historical scenes and also buildings. Balestier was a place where history were built like Shaw Brothers and their Malay cinema. However the history was not preserved. The studios were not preserved and things like wan qing yuan is not really known to the younger generation. This trail let me learnt more about Singapore history for example the different type of building designs as well as the types of different temples and the reasons why they were set up. It is more of a 'people based' as people set up all these by themselves and without much help from the government.