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.
A shop specialising in the pawn business.
当铺 (Mainland China)
In ancient China, pawnshops had many names, such as “质” or “质库” in the Tang Dynasty, and “典” and “典库” in the Song Dynasty. By the Ming Dynasty, there were already more than a dozen names for such shops. The term “当铺” eventually became the generic term for pawnbroker shops.
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