This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.
Wandering supernatural spirits.
A statutory board in Singapore responsible for the development of housing plans, standards and regulations, as well as the planning, allocation, construction and management of public housing in Singapore. Also abbreviated as “HDB”.
The term is the transliteration of “orchid”, which differs from the Chinese term “lan hua” (兰花) commonly known elsewhere.
A housing estate in central Singapore, next to Outram and Bukit Ho Swee.
shí wù / zhí wù
Food / Plants
shè qún / tuán tǐ
Communities / Organisations
Legal / Politics
dì lǐ xiāng guān