Singaporean Mandarin Database
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.
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board
A house raised on supports above land or water.
It is said that stilt houses have been around since Singapore’s founding. Before public housing (HDB flats) was built, stilt houses were the traditional residences of many Malays and indigenous people in Singapore.
Stilt houses were built to deal with the tropical climate in Singapore. These houses were raised on supports approximately one metre above the ground, which provided better ventilation and prevented snakes or other insects from entering the house. During the rainy season, stilt houses were also less likely to be affected by any rise in water levels.
Covering an area of 30,000 square feet, this old-fashioned bungalow built by colonial officials was based on Tudor architecture, and made to withstand the local climate. It is infused with elements from Bangladeshi architecture, such as an attap roof, wide corridors, high ceilings, high shutters and a Malay stilt house design, which evokes a strong tropical atmosphere. (Lianhe Zaobao, 3/2/2018)
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