Ceylon Road connects Crane Road with East Coast Road. The road is named after the island of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) as there is a large Ceylonese Tamil community that has settled down in the area in the 19th century.
One of the main landmarks along this road is the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple established in the mid-19th century by Ceylonese Tamils. The Saint Hilda’s Church built in 1949 is located on along the same road as well.
The building in the illustration is located at the junction of East Coast Road and Ceylon Road. It is known today as the one of the outlets of the 328 Katong Laksa, set up Mdm Nancy Lim in 1998. However, going back further in its history, the unit was once a Teochew Porridge Restaurant and a store named A.Y Abdul Rahiman. The structure was built in 1926 with a ornate decorations that has faded away over time.
The current Rabbit Carrot Gun restaurant in the foreground was previously the Hock Tong Hin Eating House, established in 1950 by Ng Juat Swee and Ng Chwee Seng, where the 49 Famous Katong Laksa was located. Mdm Nancy Lim used to work for Ng Chwee Seng here before setting up 328 Katong Laksa. The stories and food in the "Laksa Wars" was covered in blogs and media since then.
Coincidentally, one of my cancelled projects as a result of Covid-19 was to draw about Katong and Joo Chiat. Yet, I find myself drawing and exploring these roads out of personal interest. Illustration is one of my ways to cope with the current circumstances. It has been 2 weeks into the circuit breaker. Hang in there! 💪🏼
- Lee Xin Li
A3 print: 29.7cm (H) x 42cm (W)
Frame: 42.3cm (H) x 52.2cm (W)
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Frame: 46cm (H) x 63cm (W)
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