An additional 51 vernacular buildings and two structures in Jalan Besar, known for its old-world charm shophouses, will be under conservation.

“This wraps up our conservation plan for the area,” said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan. Among the additional shophouses to be conserved include Thai Sun Pawnshop and Lee Clan Association.

Approximately 466 buildings have already been put under conservation so far in Jalan Besar.

The structures and shophouses were chosen as they showcase different architectural designs and styles. Some boast highly ornamented and decorated facades with fine artisan workmanship, while others exhibit well-proportioned facades and clean geometric lines. Most of the buildings were constructed from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

Their unique features and the diversity of their styles and designs showcase the richness and diversity of the built heritage of the country.

“Our built heritage is an important part of our city. It is a physical manifestation of our collective history and experiences as a nation,” said Mr. Mah.

“For all Singaporeans, our built heritage is what makes this place special, what makes this place our home. Even as we seek to become a global city, we need to remind ourselves why this is home, and not just another modern city that we work and play in.”

The conservation exercise took place following consultation with the owners and stakeholders of the buildings, added Mr. Mah, who also said that the URA will continue adopting a consultative approach in its consultation programme.

The URA would have restored over 7,000 heritage buildings and structures, including the latest properties to be conserved.