Singapore Badminton Hall – Conserve?

When I read about the news on the closing of Singapore Badminton Hall by end of January 2008, I was saddened.

Credit :Straits Times, SPH

The Singapore Badminton Hall (SBH) was built in 1952 and for 56 years of history, it has seen 3 major events in it.

– Hosting the 1955 and 1958 Thomas Cup

– Vote counting station for the 1962 merger referendum

Oh though not a major event, the Rolling Stones also had a concert there in 1965;

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

The National Heritage Board marked the SBH as a Historical Site due to the above 3 major events, but that does not mean it will be conserved. It’s fate probably lies with URA, let’s cross our fingers.

There are 2 buildings I’m talking about along this Guillemard Road. The 1st building is the one on the right and built in 1952.

This is the one and see the crowd outside the SBH in 1962 during the vote counting session;

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

Below you can see the same old building but with the newer one on the left;

Here is another view of the 1962 scene;

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

Note the building behind – the Fatty Weng restaurant still not at the corner coffee shop then. See how it looks like now in 2008;

The newer building on the left opened in 1986 by the late President Dr.Wee Kim Wee;

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

Both late President of Singapore, Mr. Ong Teng Cheong and Dr.Wee Kim Wee at the SBH in 1986;

Credit : National Archives of Singapore, PICAS

The same place in 2008;

Well before they do any ‘face lift’ to these Singapore Badminton Hall, let’s take a final look now.

Main Entrance To The Old Building;

The old booth in the old building;

Side view of the old building;

Another view of the new building;

Maybe for most of us, our trip to the Singapore Badminton Hall means going to the Fatty Weng’s restaurant or in Cantonese “Fei Chai Weng or Rong”. I’ve eaten at that restaurant there before but it’s not the best I’ve tasted frankly.

Entrance to the Fatty Weng’s restaurant at the new building;

Carpark entrance to the Fatty Weng’s restaurant;

The sheltered carpark at the new building;

And why don’t they wait till I’ve my last try at the Fatty Weng Restaurant inside there for a last time before they…..

Read more about the Singapore Badminton Hall.

11 Responses to “Singapore Badminton Hall – Conserve?”

  1. 1 Victor Koo Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Another nice post regarding a 1950s iconic building about to facelifted, revived, reused or torn down. Sigh.

    Although I live quite near to this building, I have never stepped into it before, except to take a short cut by driving through its car park to get to Dunman Road from Guillemard Road.

  2. 2 profkingsfield2004 Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Ah “Fatty Weng” the eating joint, a name I gave my good friend “Fei Chye Weng” who lived in Jalan Satu, later Cassia Crescent. It was in 1969 when we sat down to consume “Wah Tan Hor Fan” at $2 a plate. Then we noticed around us were many prostitutes streaming in past midnight from Lorong 20. The crowd was definitely Cantonese as both prostitutes and customers spoke Cantonese. I must say this is the best Cantonese Hor Fan unlike those cooked together with the kwey teow burnt.

    I wonder where I can eat genuine Cantonese Hor Fun unlike those sold in HDB Estate kopi tiams?

  3. 3 laokokok Monday, February 18, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Thanks Victor. I think unless one likes going to Fatty Weng for meals, or playing badminton there – there is really not much of a reason to be there haha. Me too, also seldom go to that place.

  4. 4 laokokok Monday, February 18, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Hi Peter,
    I’m surprised that you are a good friend of Fatty Weng. So you like his cooking?

  5. 5 profkingsfield2004 Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:30 am

    I like the deep fried pork lard that goes well with the food. Crunchy. however these days I need to stay away from such fatty food.

    What I like about cantonese Hor Fun as opposed to those cooked by non-Cantonese is the sauce. The non-Cantonese made sauce is like “lokang chui”, plenty of starch but no kick.

    have you tried San Hoi San at Eng Hoon Street kopi tiam? Also like Fatty Weng standard especially the Hor Fun, Fish Head laksa mee soup, kailan and sweet sour pork.

    I am still crazy about “Lor Kai Yake” U know where to find this Cantonese food?

  6. 6 laokokok Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Hi Peter,
    The Hor Fun sauce nowadays are really bad. I missed the one at the old New World Amusement Park coffee shop there.

    “Lor Kai Yake” – you mean the black sauce chicken wings?

  7. 7 profkingsfield2004 Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    yah looking for that cantonese chicken wing in dark sauce – shiok with kankong, pig skin, tau pok … lobang for this?

    Last time (like 20 years ago) there was a fish head noodle stall in Keong Siak STreet where those redlite dens operated. I went there last week but cannot find them any more.

  8. 8 laokokok Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Wah Peter,
    Now probably you can only find these in home cooked meal.

  9. 9 yang^2 Friday, February 22, 2008 at 11:17 am


    I think the first photo of the newspaper cutting was from The Straits Times rather than Today. So your crediting of the photo to Mediacorp seems to be incorrect. It should be to SPH instead.

  10. 10 laokokok Friday, February 22, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Yang^2,
    Thanks for highlighting it out. Mistakes corrected. Yes, it’s SPH not Mediacorp Press.

  11. 11 adeline Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I have only been to this place once. It holds a painful memory that I would hold for the rest of my life.

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